Joe Flacco, who led the Cleveland Browns to the playoffs after taking up as their beginning quarterback, was named the AP NFL 2023 Comeback Participant of the 12 months.
Flacco simply beat Buffalo Bills security Damar Hamlin, who he thought ought to’ve obtained the award, 151-140, when voting was counted. Flacco obtained 13 first-place votes, whereas Hamlin obtained 21.
Flacco joined fellow Browns Myles Garrett (Defensive Participant of the 12 months) and head coach Kevin Stefanski (Coach of the 12 months) as award recipients on Thursday night time.
The 39-year-old Flacco’s journey this season wasn’t imagined to be performing with the playoffs on the road. But when it wasn’t for his 4-1 file within the final 5 video games, maybe the Browns don’t make it to the playoffs.
Earlier than Flacco’s arrival, the Browns’ season gave the impression to be misplaced when beginning quarterback Deshaun Watson realized he wanted season-ending shoulder surgical procedure late within the 12 months. Together with the losses of operating again Nick Chubb, and each tackles Jack Conklin and Jedrick Willis, the Browns might’ve simply hung it up and targeted on 2024.
However Flacco signed on Nov. 19 because the backup to rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson. When Thompson-Robinson couldn’t play in Week 13, Stefanski gave the Tremendous Bowl champion the nod.
Flacco’s comfortability in Stefanski’s system was there regardless of the loss to the Los Angeles Rams, throwing for 254 yards and two touchdowns to 1 interception on 23-of-44 by means of the air.
From there, Flacco didn’t lose a recreation on the way in which to the playoffs. He defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears, Houston Texans, and New York Jets.
Flacco threw for 13 touchdowns to eight interceptions in addition to 1,616 yards with a 90.2 quarterback charge.
Flacco wasn’t in a position to take down the AP Offensive Rookie of the 12 months, Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud, within the wild card spherical.
However he proved to everybody within the NFL that he can nonetheless spin a soccer with one of the best of them. Maybe he’ll be doing so with one other staff in 2024.