5. Who knows? It just might work
This move was not made in an impulsive way by just John Elway. This move was made in combination with Vic Fangio — who knows Flacco from his days on staff with the Ravens back in 2008-09j — as well as Rich Scangarello, who was brought in not only to improve the offense but help find the best guy to run it.
Elway will get plenty of flak if this move doesn’t work, but it’s a relatively low-risk move in a draft class many felt to be weak at quarterback (I don’t necessarily share that opinion) with an even better class coming in 2020 (I do share that opinion).
Fangio still has ties to the Ravens and the Harbaugh brothers — John and Jim — who he has worked for within the last decade.
He coached with the Ravens when Flacco was breaking into the league, and Flacco beat him on the game’s biggest stage in the Super Bowl.
Scangarello’s offense — or at least one iteration of it — has proven to be the best fit for Flacco’s skill set in the past. Perhaps he can find that success again.
No matter what level of pessimism you have about this move, there is always a chance something like this could work. This is not like the Bears signing Mike Glennon before drafting Mitchell Trubisky. This player has had legitimate success in the NFL and perhaps a change of scenery will do him wonders.
I’m still not fully convinced it could work, but the more I think about it the more I start to think, wow, this might not suck.