Much to the chagrin of many Jets fans, the coaching staff turned to Flacco instead of Mike White this week. But in the end, did it really matter?
Flacco finished 24-of-39 throwing for 291 yards and two touchdowns in what was a competent day for the veteran quarterback. It wasn't enough to get the Jets the victory, but it was a respectable performance nonetheless.
Given that he had joined the team just over three weeks earlier and was making his first start against a Dolphins defense that had held the Baltimore Ravens to their worst performance of the Lamar Jackson the week prior, it's safe to say Flacco held his own.
Joe Flacco was a competent starter for the NY Jets
Flacco didn't do anything special, but it's not as if he was asked to do much more. He was pressured on 19 of his 43 dropbacks for a pressure rate of 44 percent as the Dolphins were aggressive in their defensive approach as they have been all year.
In fact, Flacco was even better when blitzed as compared to when he was not. Flacco had a 120.1 NFL passer rating when blitzed as opposed to a rating of just 79.9 when he was not blitzed, per Pro Football Focus.
That certainly helps defend the Jets' decision to start Flacco. He handled the blitz well and thrived under pressure, aside from his red-zone fumble.
Sunday's game also saw the emergence of rookie wide receiver Elijah Moore who put together a career game finishing with eight catches for 141 yards and a touchdown.
Flacco's competence allowed Moore to have the big game that he did. He deserves some credit for that.
Ultimately, however, Flacco's game grade must be docked for his costly fumble as well as the fact that he didn't exactly do anything to help the Jets win. He was a game-manager and little more.
Per PFF, Flacco didn't have a single big-time throw in the entire game. So if the idea was to get away from the Mike White check-downs, that didn't exactly come to fruition.
Still, Joe Flacco was a capable quarterback on Sunday. Now, it's hopefully Zach Wilson's time to shine.