While his veteran presence will certainly be felt in the Eagles’ QB room, Flacco sees his role much differently. While the former Baltimore Ravens starter hopes he and Hurts can make each other better, he doesn’t look at himself as a mentor coming into this season.
“Your goal as a football player is to show people around you that you can play football,” Flacco said, per Eagles insider Martin Frank of the Delaware News Journal.
Flacco reiterates his role isn't necessarily to mentor Hurts, that it comes naturally when you're competing. "Your goal as a football player is to show people around you that you can play football." #Eagles.
— Martin Frank (@Mfranknfl) March 25, 2021
Hurts quickly became the only quarterback listed on the Eagles’ roster after former starter Carson Wentz was traded to the Indianapolis Colts earlier this offseason. On Tuesday, Flacco was signed to fill that newly-voided backup role — penning a one-year, $3.5 million guaranteed deal with the opportunity to earn $4 million more in incentives.
Taking over as starter for the final four games of the season, Hurts showed some promise as a future franchise QB — but ultimately struggled in his debut. Through a 1-3 record as a starter, the former Alabama standout threw 1,061 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions.
Taking over as starter in four games with the New York Jets last season, Flacco put up some eerily similar numbers. In his 12th NFL season, the vet threw for 864 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions en route to an 0-4 starting record.
If the Eagles hope to see an improved season in 2021, at least one of these quarterbacks is going to have to step their game up.