What led to the Flacco trade?
When the Broncos put together their coaching staff for the 2019 season and beyond, one of the likely main topics of focus was what the team would do at the quarterback position.
More specifically, which quarterback realistically available was going to be a good fit for Rich Scangarello’s offense?
We were not privy to any behind-the-scenes discussions, but it’s clear the Broncos reasoned that Flacco was a better fit for Scangarello’s offense than Case Keenum was, and that they didn’t necessarily want to throw a rookie or young player into the fire right away.
There’s nothing wrong with that, but most people assumed if the Broncos were going with a ‘bridge’ type of player that Keenum would suffice. Considering Keenum also excels running an offense with a lot of play-action, he seemed like he could be a decent starting option while a young player was groomed in the interim.
Not so fast, apparently.
From 2006-2009, Vic Fangio was an employee with the Baltimore Ravens. His official title from 2006-08 was ‘special assistant to the head coach’ in addition to being a defensive assistant.
In the NFL, it’s all about who you know and Fangio knows Flacco pretty well, even though their relationship really began 10 years ago.
Flacco didn’t play for Fangio, but they were, in fact, part of the same organization 10 years ago and Fangio has maintained a strong relationship with the Harbaughs through the years.
Fangio’s endorsement combined with Scangarello’s film study and evaluation of Flacco’s fit for the offense likely played a part in this trade getting made.