Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco made national waves Monday when he told the media that it wasn’t part of his job description to mentor rookie Drew Lock.
“I’m not worried about developing guys or any of that,” Flacco said. “I hope he does develop, but I don’t look at it as my job. My job is to win football games.”
Whether or not what he said was blown out of portion, it got everyone talking. Here’s a look at what three former NFL stars had to say:
Former Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson on the NFL Network: “Even if that’s really the way he feels, don’t say it. He looks like a bad teammate. Our job as veteran players is to mentor younger players. That’s how you pass on your knowledge. As Joe Flacco gets older, he wants one of those young guys. If Drew Lock becomes an all-star quarterback, doesn’t he want Drew Lock to say, ‘Man, I learned a lot from Joe Flacco, he taught me a lot.’ … I’m telling you it’s a bad reflection on Joe and your teammates lose respect for you.”
Former Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith said Tuesday on WFNZ in Charlotte, N.C.: “Is he going to teach him? Of course. They’re going to be in meetings for six and a half, seven hours a day for the next six, seven months. He may not look as himself as a mentor, but he’s going to teach him things. They’re going to have dialogue, they’re going to have conversations. … He may not see himself as that, but that’s what he’s going to be.”
Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner on “The Rich Eisen Show”: “I don’t understand that mentality at all. Not just Joe Flacco, we’ve heard a number of guys say that recently. … I believe your role is to help your team be as good as it possibly can be. That’s your role if you’re the starter to be prepared and be ready to go. That’s to help all of your teammates, including the guy that’s backing you up or the guy that they want to take your job at some point, to be the best pro player that he can be.”
What about the Broncos’ rookie? Lock told TMZ: “Me and Joe, he’s taught me a lot so far. … We’re in the same quarterback room. He’s been great to me.”
— Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post
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