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Joe Flacco’s 2023 Comeback: A Season of Surprises and Statistics

2023 stats: 6 games | 62.8 pct | 1,923 pass yds | 7.7 ypa | 14 pass TD | 10 INT | 15 rush yds | 0 rush TD | 4 fumbles

2022 final ranking: 51 | 2021: 51 | 2020: 46 | 2019: 33 | 2018: 26 | 2017: 25 | 2016: 21 | 2015: 18 | 2014: 11 | 2013: 16

My late, legendary colleague Chris Wesseling was always romantic about football, a violent game played among gladiators that is as much art as it is brutality. It wasn’t until Flacco took the field and flourished that I finally fully understood what he’d always meant. How could you not fall for Flacco’s story in 2023? The cast-off veteran left his couch for a coach flight to Cleveland, took over starting duties, lost his first outing, then went on a tear that saw him lead the banged-up Browns to the playoffs. From Weeks 13-17, Flacco was the best quarterback in the NFL, at least statistically. He quickly cemented his place in Browns history as the franchise’s first quarterback to throw for 300-plus yards in four straight games, and for about two months, captured an entire region with Flacco Fever. Sure, he was guaranteed to throw a pick or two each week, thanks to him playing with nothing to lose, but man, that was a magical time for a quarterback most everyone had left behind. The Comeback Player of the Year won’t be overlooked by teams in 2024, I can guarantee that.

2024-02-15 18:29:00
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