Ravens QB Joe Flacco was a first-round pick just like EJ Manuel, and just like Manuel he started right away. Looking back on it now Flacco is in favor of getting out on the field instead of sitting and watching for a year, provided the signal caller has the right mental make up.
“If you feel like you have a guy who’s mentally tough then it’s always better to start right away,” he said. “I mean, there’s no better place then in games to really grow and get that experience and become better. You can’t really reproduce that in any way even if you’re practicing really well it’s tough to get that same kind of game-like situation. So I always say if you feel like you have a guy that’s mentally tough enough and can handle losing some games or not always playing to like how they always should, then that way is the best way to go.”
Flacco feels as though his career benefited from being thrown into the lineup as a rookie.
“There’s no doubt about it. Not only does it help you learn and get better, it just gives you a lot more confidence to get in there Day 1 and just go after it,” he said. “When you sit on the bench for a year or two then you kind of just start to lose that confidence and all that stuff that you had and developed over the last couple of years when you were in college. I think when you’re thrown into the fire right away you just feel like they had confidence in you and that gives you the ability to keep that confidence you had. The longer you sit on the bench and the longer you don’t play I think the more you just start to doubt yourself.”
Tags: Bills-Ravens, EJ Manuel, Joe Flacco
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