I’ll be the first one to admit, I was not a fan of the Joe Flacco trade. Prior to the trade, I even wrote an article detailing why I didn’t want Flacco in addition to why I didn’t want Nick Foles and Ryan Tannehill for that matter.
Here’s a quote from that article:
"Out of the three options that I want the Denver Broncos to avoid at the quarterback position, Joe Flacco is undoubtedly the one I want them to avoid the most."
Now, since that time, I have come around a bit on it. I’m not all the way there, but it honestly can’t be worse than Case Keenum so there’s that. Predominantly Orange Site Expert Sayre Bedinger summed it up pretty nicely in his article detailing why the Joe Flacco trade might not suck. Basically, it boiled down to the fact that Joe Flacco is good in the playoffs, has had more consistently good streaks than our past quarterbacks, and has an overall good body of traits to work with.
You combine that with speedster Emmanuel Sanders and jump-ball threat Courtland Sutton, we might just have a recipe for success here.
What’s more important to realize is that it sounds like John Elway feels like he just got a steal of a deal. When discussing the trade, Elway said he Flacco is “just coming into the prime of his career“. Now, I don’t know about the “prime” comment, but Flacco is just 34 years old, which isn’t all that old by quarterback standards considering Tom Brady just won a Super Bowl at 40.
If Elway truly believes in Flacco, then he also believes he just bought himself another 3-4 year window before they have to find a quarterback of the future which brings me to my next point.