Additional benefits to the NY Jets' trade for Joe Flacco
Another benefit to the trade is that Flacco could also help Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur in a roundabout way. The Jets will probably never admit the latter.
Still, one way of deciphering whether or not the team's neophyte play caller's system should be working is having an experienced hand executing the team's plays.
On the flip side, Flacco can also help translate LaFleur's system to Wilson, getting the rookie to understand what's required of him on specific reads and plays.
Provided that Flacco gets on the field, and there's no guarantee that it happens, it all depends on how Mike White plays in Week 8 at home against the surging Cincinnati Bengals.
But if he does play, Flacco can also aid the Jets in properly evaluating their young skill-position players. After all, Flacco already has experience playing with Jamison Crowder and Denzel Mims.
But ultimately, the team needs to get the most out of second-round rookie Elijah Moore, who has been severely underutilized.
It goes against brand or type for Joe Douglas, someone who has made a habit of storing draft capital to part with one of his assets in a potential 2022 fifth-round pick for a part-time veteran player who is not signed for the 2022 season.
But Douglas is giving up an asset to protect and help the franchise's most important asset in Zach Wilson.
One could see Douglas's move for Joe Flacco as a sign that he is pressing the panic button on Zach Wilson out of fear that he is not developing the way the franchise would have hoped.
And when you think about it, this move wasn't made with the goal of winning an extra game or two in 2021. It's all about making Zach Wilson better in the long run so that the team can win more games in 2022.