Denver Broncos Quarterback Joe Flacco won’t help rookie quarterback Drew Lock. Mentoring the young passer is not the biggest part of his job description. It’s simply not his job to worry about him.
“I got so many things to worry about,” Flacco told reporters, according to NFL.com. “I’m trying to go out there and play good football. I’m trying to go out there and play the best football of my life. As far as a time constraint and all stuff, I’m not worried about developing guys or any of that. That is what it is, and like I said, I hope he does develop. But I don’t look at that as my job. My job is to go win football games for this football team.”
Later, Flacco added:
“Listen, I hope he does learn from me because that means we’re out there and we’re slinging it around and having a lot of fun.”
Flacco suggested that because he is learning a new offense as well, Lock would be better off learning from offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello than anyone else during the process.
Fangio said Monday he didn’t think it was Flacco’s job to make sure Lock was catching on quickly.
“That’s on Drew to soak in and learn. Joe’s learning a new system himself,” Fangio said. “As we move along, there will be a lot more interaction to get to know each other, but primarily it’s on Drew to learn.”
Flacco said before the draft he hoped to prove to the Broncos in the early portion of the team’s offseason workouts that it didn’t need to select a quarterback in the draft, and that he would still consider himself the starter.
Ultimately, Flacco said, “it’s out of my control.”
Asked Monday what he thought when the Broncos selected Lock, Flacco said, “Listen, I’ve told you guys how I felt about it. There really isn’t much more that needs to be said. I told you that it’s not really in my control.”
Asked if Lock’s arrival motivated him, Flacco said: “I think I’ve talked about that before, too. That is probably along the lines of him being drafted, it’s one of those things. There is definitely little things that motivate you every year. At the same time, I have plenty of other things that have kept me motivated throughout my career and will continue to keep me motivated this year. That won’t be the single or the biggest thing.”
Here’s what Joe Flacco said today when asked if he was here to mentor Drew Lock.
I have no problem with his answer.
The Broncos brought Flacco in to be the starter and win games, not to be Lock’s backup and show him the ropes. Drew will learn plenty by watching Flacco.@CBSDenver pic.twitter.com/1sMe1pwuTY
— Michael Spencer (@MichaelCBS4) May 13, 2019
During this past weekend’s rookie minicamp, Lock said he looked forward to working alongside Flacco and that he understood “that I have to do the work” as the Broncos roll through the offseason and into training camp later this summer.
“It will definitely be a different transition,” Lock said. “… If I’m going through this transition I’m glad to be behind Joe and hear what he has to say, learn from him. I’m excited to meet him, excited to get in the room with him and learn from a guy who’s won a Super Bowl.”
“I’m not a selfish person, I don’t think,” Flacco said. “There are times where you have to be selfish. But listen, Rich does such a good job in those meeting rooms. Drew is going to learn from listening to him talk and then us getting the reps on the field and seeing how we all do it as a collective group of quarterbacks.”
Being that Flacco is new to the Broncos, it’s his job to get acclimated, not to mentor a younger QB.
Flacco is a hired gun, not a Bronco veteran.
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