NFL Notes: QB Flacco Jets Still a “Cool” Presence in the Caucus


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AJ Dillon of the Green Bay Packers reacts as he leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, November 14, 2021 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  The Packers won 17-0.  (AP Photo / Aaron Gash)

AJ Dillon of the Green Bay Packers reacts as he leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, November 14, 2021 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers won 17-0. (AP Photo / Aaron Gash)

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Joe Flacco is still Joe Cool – or Cool Joe – to his New York Jets teammates.

The 36-year-old veteran quarterback will make his first start this season when the Jets host the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Flacco replaces Mike White, who started the last three games in place of injured Zach Wilson.

Coach Robert Saleh and offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur spoke during the week about Flacco’s experience and how it will help the Jets 2-7 against the aggressive defense of the Dolphins. And his level-headed, laid-back approach makes his teammates feel pretty confident in the squad.

“He’s just laid back,” rookie running back Michael Carter said. “Fresh. Just call the room. Hands are in his pocket. Nice guy. Just cool – like the other side of the pillow. RIP Stuart Scott.

Flacco, the Super Bowl MVP with Baltimore in the 2012 season, was acquired by the Philadelphia Jets on October 25. While Wilson is still recovering from a sprained ligaments in his knee, Flacco has learned about the New York offensive, which has many similarities to the systems he led in Baltimore and Denver.

“He’s played so much ball that what’s cool about him is when he comes on the field, he’s seen it all,” said LaFleur. “Just little tweaks and offensive stuff with cadence and all that kind of stuff, that’s what he’s used to.

“But he’s Cool Joe. He’s been there before, so we’re expecting good things from him.”

Don’t expect too much emotion from Flacco on the pitch. He is everyone in business.

“I don’t think I’ve really seen him smile since I’ve been here,” right tackle Morgan Moses said with a laugh. “But, hey, the guy comes into the caucus and he demands greatness from everyone. And these are the tools you are looking for, especially when you have someone new in the caucus and especially at that quarterback level. You want him to talk to the group and not to talk to the group.

“You want him to say with confidence that, ‘Hey, this is the game we’re playing and we’re going to run it.’ And the first step, he did it. And obviously, his pedigree throughout the league speaks for itself. “

NFL AND NFT

The NFL is offering free virtual commemorative tickets in the form of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) for select Thanksgiving games until the end of the season.

Fans must purchase and attend tickets for specific games through the NFL ticketing network (Ticketmaster, StubHub or SeatGeek). They will access the virtual commemorative ticket via an email they receive after the game, and then be able to manage the NFT on a dedicated NFL / NFT marketplace.

One game, that of Arizona in San Francisco, has already seen its commemorations distributed.

“Creating more individual experiences through innovation and technology is a high priority in the league and clubs,” said Bobby Gallo, senior vice president of NFL club business development. “Leveraging the emerging world of NFTs is a new and exciting way for us to create additional value and engage more with fans who attend certain games by providing a virtual commemorative ticket. “

Also offered: A limited number of collectible digital NFTs for all 32 teams that fans can purchase.

The games: Chicago in Detroit on November 25 (Thanksgiving); Seattle to Washington, November 29; the Los Angeles Chargers in Cincinnati on December 5; Denver in Kansas City, December 5; Jacksonville at the Los Angeles Rams on December 5; New England in Buffalo on December 6; Pittsburgh vs. Minnesota, December 9; Atlanta at Carolina, December 12; Las Vegas in Cleveland, December 18 or 19; New York Jets in Miami, December 18 or 19; Dallas vs. New York Giants, Dec. 19; Cincinnati to Denver, December 19; Detroit to Atlanta, December 26; the New York Giants vs. the Philadelphia Eagles on December 26; Las Vegas in Indianapolis, January 2; Jacksonville, New England, January 2; Tampa Bay vs. New York Jets, Jan. 2; Houston in San Francisco, January 2; Tennessee in Houston, January 9; and Indianapolis in Jacksonville, Jan.9.

BURROW HELP

Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow called attention to poverty in his southeast Ohio hometown – and subsequently inspired more than $ 600,000 in donations to the local food bank – speaking about the conditions there during his Heisman Trophy acceptance speech in 2019.

Burrow now lends its name to a non-profit program that connects workers to growing industries in this region and provides training and other employment resources.

He shot a series of videos promoting the program called LevelUp GRIT Ohio.

Burrow grew up in Athens, Ohio, while his father Jimmy was a defensive coordinator under coach Frank Solich at Ohio University.

“The people of my hometown are truly second to none,” Burrow said. “There are the hardest working people in the country there. I have visited a lot of places now, seen a lot of people and know that the people there have what it takes to take their life to the next level.

MONT BRADY

When Tom Brady first entered the field with the New England Patriots in 2000, current Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett was a backup quarterback for the New York squad heading to the Super Bowl.

Garrett’s career has long been over and he became an NFL assistant who would coach the Dallas Cowboys for 10 seasons before returning to New York last season to join Joe Judge’s team.

This kid from Brady is now in his 22nd season. He won a record seven Super Bowls, including his first with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season.

“They’re going to make a Mount Rushmore of football players at some point,” Garrett said. “The first face they carve will be this guy’s face. He is the best player who has ever walked. He’s a hell of a footballer. What he has done over the past 20 years has been remarkable. And I think he’s 44 and probably playing the best ball of his career.

“It’s really amazing, an inspiration to everyone in and out of sport.”

STOCK MARKET ON THE RISE

The sixth Green Bay Packers stock offering in franchise history – and the first since 2011-12 – had raised $ 40.1 million in its first three days, with 110,000 people buying a total of 121,000 shares.

This list of individuals included a few Packers players.

Running back AJ Dillon showed his investment on social media by tweeting “Self Employed”. Dillon said he believed running back Aaron Jones and reserve quarterback Kurt Benkert had bought shares as well.

“Honestly and truly, who else, I mean besides the Green Bay Packers, like how many other people can say they own, no matter how small?” said Dillon. “It’s so cool that your name is attached in any way to this franchise. It’s so historic, so much lore and stuff like that. I think for me it was really cool to think: “Yes, I am a player.” And one day I will say to my children, my grandchildren: ‘Yes, I played here but I also own it.’ It’s fun stuff like that, it’s awesome.

Each share costs $ 300 and will help fund construction projects at Lambeau Field, including new video cards and lobby upgrades.

Packers officials reminded fans interested in buying $ 300 for a stock that owning stock in the Packers is not an investment in everyday usage.

The team has no obligation to repay the amount a buyer pays to buy Packers shares. The Packers say anyone considering buying stock in the team shouldn’t make the purchase in the interest of making a profit or receiving a dividend or tax deduction.

LOW ON LOSE

Before facing Cam Newton on Sunday at Carolina, Washington coach Ron Rivera revealed he got a call from Archie Manning after the Panthers lost the Super Bowl at the end of the 2015 season.

Newton was criticized as a sore loser, and Manning wanted Rivera to know his son Peyton acted the same after his Super Bowl loss.

“(He) said, ‘Hey, your guy is no different from mine,'” Rivera recalls. “It was really cool that Archie did that, and it really reiterated that the really good guys, they all hate to lose.”

Rivera is training against Newton for the first time in an NFL regular season game and praised the 2011 No.1 pick this week for his competitiveness as well.

“The thing I will always remember,” said Rivera, “is that he hated losing more than anyone I’ve ever been with.”

MISSING

For the first time in 44 years as a coach, Burton Burns missed a game.

The Giants’ running back coach tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of their game against the Las Vegas Raiders on Nov. 7 and had to stay in his condo with his wife for over a week. Burns, who just turned 69, attended team meetings and worked with his players to virtually lead to the game, which New York won 23-16.

Burns returned to the squad on Monday after a week off for the Giants. Aside from some congestion, he said his most noticeable symptom was severe fatigue. It wasn’t so bad not to be with the team.

“I didn’t like it at all,” Burns said Thursday as the Giants (3-6) prepared for Monday night’s game against Tampa Bay (6-3). “It was even more difficult to watch the game on TV. I just wanted to jump through the TV and say something. It’s difficult, and it has never happened to me in my career, a long career.

Burns, who coached at Southern, Tulane, Clemson and Alabama before moving to the NFL last season, had no idea how he contracted the virus.

“I guess it kind of found me,” he said.

AP Pro Football writers Dennis Waszak Jr and Barry Wilner, and AP Sports writers Tom Canavan, Steve Megargee, Mitch Stacy and Stephen Whyno contributed.

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