3. His overall skillset is better than Case Keenum’s
One of the things I was adamant about prior to the Broncos making the trade for Flacco was that he was not an upgrade over Case Keenum.
Statistically speaking, that remains a factual statement.
Statistically, Flacco has been marginally — if at all — more impactful than Keenum since the start of the 2015 season.
With that being said, Flacco has a superior arm and is a much better fit schematically for an offense that wants to push the ball through the air to all levels of the field. Flacco played the best football of his NFL career in 2014 when Gary Kubiak was calling plays for the Baltimore Ravens.
Obviously Rich Scangarello is coming from the Kubiak/Shanahan coaching tree and runs a similar type of offense.
Flacco’s stronger arm and playoff pedigree likely played a huge role in the Broncos making this trade, and those are both reasons to think this deal doesn’t suck so bad.