ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Joe Flacco turned 34 years of age in January and he has thrown 5,670 regular-season passes in his previous 11 years’ worth of matches in the NFL, and yet both he and the Denver Broncos believe he’s got plenty left to provide for ateam thirsting to get rid of a playoff drought.
Though the commerce to acquire him was chiefly set up for weeks Flacco was introduced Friday as the Broncos’ new starting quarterback. And Broncos’ president of football operations/general director John Elway said Flacco had been”an ideal fit for all of us” and”he’s plenty of good football left in him.”
Elway also said he believed Flacco still has prime seasons to play.
“It seems good because I absolutely feel like this, so that it seems good to know someone say that,” Flacco stated. “I mean, shoot, together with tombrady quarterbacks are playing until they are about 60 years of age. Listen, I’m as healthy as I’ve ever been… barring anything mad happening, I’m as healthy as I can be as physical and ready to go as ever. I’m excited by what lies ahead for me personally and the near future and I’m not putting a number on how much longer I will playwith. I will play for as long as I could and they’re dragging me out of the construction quite a while from now.”
The Broncos acquired Flacco from the Baltimore Ravens in exchange to get a fourth-round selection. Flacco had started 1-1 seasons because the Ravens’ starter – he was the team’s first-round selection in 2008 – until being homeless as the newcomer by Lamar Jackson nine matches into the 2018 season after Jackson have become the Ravens’ first-round choice last April.
Flacco is now the fifth starting quarterback for the Broncos because the beginning of the 2017 season. The Broncos traded Case Keenum, that they signed up to a two-year agreement last April, to the Washington Redskins shortly after acquiring Flacco.
Keenum hadn’t been team’s unquestioned starter to start a season until annually for the Broncos. And while the Broncos had shown a lot of enthusiasm at Keenum’s potential when they signed a year ago, their 6-10 finish in 2018 had Elway searching to get a seasoned hands to settle an offense that finished 19th in the league in yards per game and 24th in points each game.
“Hopefully (Flacco) will be your guy to help get this turned around,” Elway said.
Elway said he believes Flacco’s arm strength and ability to”make all throw shouts” will give the Broncos the capacity to shove the ball down the field far more and that Flacco can work under center as an ingredient of a play-action passing game in addition to at the shot gun.
The Broncos will run the things that they believe is the upgraded version of Gary Kubiak’s plot on offense – Broncos’ offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello has-been Kyle Shanahan’s quarterbacks coach with the sanfrancisco 49ers – and Flacco his career-best 27 touchdown passes in 2014 when Kubiak was the Raven’s offensive coordinator.
Asked Friday what thought would constitute success together with the Broncos, Flacco explained:
“Winning football matches,” Flacco stated. “Listen, I’ve been in the league long enough to know success is only winning football matches. I do not care if you are a new team, should you believe you are rebuilding, then you move win six, seven, eight matches, that is not succeeding I really don’t care exactly what the expectations were from people… at any time everyone’s expectations are to win matches and visit the playoffs.”