Philadelphia Eagles should be encouraged by Joe Flacco’s performance

Joe Flacco (7) Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)
Joe Flacco (7) Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports) /

In some ways, it feels like it had to happen. The hometown kid comes home and winds up playing for the team that he, no doubt grew up cheering for. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Joe Flacco, a New Jersey native, played his college ball as a member of the Pittsburgh Panthers program before finding his way to the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens.

He wound up as the ECAC Player of the Year, as a First-team All-CAA nod, and the CAA Co-Offensive Player of the Year in 2007 before landing with the Baltimore Ravens as the 18th-overall selection in the 2008 NFL Draft.

The Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year Award followed. So did the Vince Lombardi Trophy and the Super Bowl MVP nod (XLVII), but hard times came. He’d eventually lose his job to Lamar Jackson before spending the 2019 and 2020 seasons with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets respectively, so even though he’d never admit it, getting a little revenge versus Gang Green in the Eagles third and final preseason game had to be somewhat gratifying.

He didn’t just play. He was almost perfect in his performance. Let’s just hope that a fan-created quarterback controversy doesn’t ensue.

No, the Philadelphia Eagles don’t have a quarterback controversy.

Yes, you read that correctly. Audubon, New Jersey-born Joe Flacco completed 13 of 16 pass attempts while throwing for 188 yards. He tossed two touchdowns, one to Boston Scott and one to JJ Arcega-Whiteside, and most importantly, he didn’t throw a single interception.

Before any of you start a quarterback controversy, let’s get something straight. This is Jalen Hurts‘ team. That’s been established, but you have to smile about the performance that Flacco put on.

He’s in no danger of being upended by Nick Mullens, who did nothing in this game or during this three-game slate to help himself. That’s, unfortunately, been the story for Mullens during this entire preseason. With that being said, Flacco is firmly entrenched as the Eagles’ second-string quarterback.

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Hurts will start Week 1. We fully expect that Nick Sirianni will make the announcement that he should have already made, that Hurts is officially this team’s starting quarterback for Week 1 versus the Atlanta Falcons.