Aug 26, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; A general view of a Cleveland Browns helmet during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Following the season-ending injury to star quarterback Deshaun Watson last week, the Cleveland Browns officially added veteran free-agent quarterback Joe Flacco to the roster. But anybody expecting him to become the new starting quarterback for the team will likely be disappointed.

During his press conference on Monday, Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski revealed that the team isn’t bringing in Joe Flacco to serve as their new starting quarterback. Instead, he’ll just serve in a backup role to help support rookie quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who will remain the starter.

“Dorian will start,” Stefanski said according to Scott Petrak of the Chronicle-Telegram. “Joe’s role is to support this team. We were able to add a guy with a ton of experience. He’ll be great for that room, he’ll be great for this team.”

It’s pretty big news as many thought that Flacco could become the team’s starting quarterback going forward, with Watson sidelined for the year, and the NFL world had a lot to say about it on social media.

Even though Thompson-Robinson will clearly remain the starter for now, adding Flacco does provide the Browns depth and a few more options as the season progresses. We’ll have to see what happens.

[Scott Petrak]