It’s hard to find anyone who isn’t a fan of quarterback Joe Flacco.
He is the best player in the NFL right now, but the Browns are going through a major transition and need him to carry their offense.
Flacco is still a top-10 quarterback in the league, but he has missed four games due to injury and is not in the quarterback mix with the likes of Kirk Cousins and Tyrod Taylor.
His performance in Week 3 against the Jets was his best game of the season.
Flacco completed 12 of 16 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns.
He threw three interceptions, two of which he recovered.
It was the second-best game of his career and helped lead to his second-quarter MVP nomination.
Flavio says the Browns will not give up on Flacco, but if they do, it will be with an eye on their future.
“It’s something we’ve talked about for years,” he said.
“I’ve always had the belief in Joe Flauber that we can be a Super Bowl contender.
So if we can’t do that, we have to make sure we can get back to being a championship-caliber team and that will be something that we look at moving forward.”
Flacco has not won a playoff game since 2012.
His record of 15-22 is the third-worst in NFL history and the third time he hasn’t been to the postseason since 2002.
Flauber is still trying to regain his footing after being sidelined for the first five games of the regular season because of a neck injury.
He has not played in a playoff matchup since Week 10.
The Browns are 1-7 in those games and are now 1-10 in games that Flacco played.
Flaubers comeback from that neck injury will take some time, but Flacco said he hopes to be able to contribute to the team in a positive way.
“I’ve been fortunate to be in this position and I’m happy to be here,” he told reporters.
“If I can be here, then I’m really happy.
But I have to be healthy, so I’m going to do everything I can to get myself back to where I want to be.”
Flaubers struggles will be a major focus for the Browns, who are 1 1/2 games out of the AFC North.
Cleveland is 3-0 in games against AFC East opponents and is 5-1 against teams that finished in the bottom half of the division in the previous season.
The team’s success in the AFC East will be closely watched if Flacco can be the quarterback that the Browns want him to be.
“We know what Joe Flutie is about and that’s the guy that’s going to win us games and do the things that he’s been doing for us,” Browns general manager Tom Heckert said.
“Joe Fluties talent, his ability to play, the way he plays the game.
We’ve been able to use him in a lot of different ways.”