Why you shouldn’t write off Elway’s trade for Flacco just yet
February 26, 2019
John Elway may have a bad track record with QBs – Trevor Siemian, Tim Tebow, Paxton Lynch, Case Keenum and Chad Kelly to name a few – but why is he catching flack on his most recent acquisition of Joe Flacco?
Put Flacco in this year’s NFL draft and he’s probably one of the best among the group. Is Flacco a better option than Keenum? Probably. Would you take Flacco over Ryan Tannehill and Blake Bortles? Of course. The only other free agent argument against Flacco is Nick Foles. Yes, Foles may have been a better solution in Denver, but let’s not forget how bad he was in other franchises (St. Louis and Kansas City) outside of Philadelphia.
This Denver team is built very similar to the 2012-13 Ravens team that Flacco took and won a super bowl with. Don’t forget, he also finished with 287 yards and 3 TDs to win the Super Bowl MVP honor that year.
Adding to that, the Broncos have one of the best defenses in the league and a solid running game with Phillip Lindsay. New head coach Vic Fangio will clearly feature his defense and a ball controlled ‘Flacco style’ offense. Realistically, the only thing going against Denver is having to play Phillip Rivers and Patrick Mahomes each twice a year. At least they’re guaranteed two wins against the Raiders, for now.
The bottom line is this – Elway upgraded his quarterback and brought in a proven winner and veteran with some gas left in the tank. Denver always has the option to draft a young quarterback who can learn under a great mentor in Flacco if they choose to do so this year.
Deep breath everyone, let John Elway – a three time Super Bowl winner – do his thing.