The Denver Broncos opened up minicamp on Tuesday, giving us our first look at quarterback Joe Flacco in his new gameday uniform.
The Denver Broncos opened minicamp on Tuesday, which means we all got our first look at some of the team’s newest players in their new uniforms.
That includes starting quarterback Joe Flacco, who rocked the Broncos’ alternate blue top (as all quarterbacks do to show that touching them is forbidden) with the rest of the offense wearing orange and the defense wearing white.
Flacco is featured in this collage the Broncos released.
Regardless of any of our thoughts on Flacco joining the Broncos, it’s cool to see guys in their new team colors.
Flacco was pretty upfront when asked about the Broncos possibly adding a quarterback this year with the 10th overall pick, too. After talking about how his family will move to Denver sometime in July before training camp, he talked about how he’s not focused on what the Broncos do with the 10th pick, especially if it’s a quarterback.
"“I want to get this team to be the best it is with me at the quarterback position. Obviously, that is not of most importance to draft a quarterback. But if we do, that’s completely out of my control. I’m going to go out here and I’m going to compete and he’s going to have to come out here and be on the field with me every day, too. I’m all ready for that.Yeah, like I said, I don’t really care about whether they take a quarterback or not. Whether it’s 10 or whatnot, the only thing I care about is, like I said, I want this team to be as good as they can with me at quarterback. If we feel like as a team and an organization that we can add value to our team at the 10th pick, then I’m all for getting a guy that can add value to the team with me as the understood quarterback. At the end of the day, it is what it is.”Joe Flacco (quotes via Broncos PR, emphasis mine)"
I added some emphasis there, but it probably wasn’t needed. Flacco says it’s not ‘of most importance’ for the Broncos to draft a quarterback with the 10th overall pick, and he also says he is all for the team grabbing someone with the 10th pick that can add value to the team ‘with me as the understood quarterback.’
Flacco must have a renewed confidence coming to Denver after four average years with the Ravens following Gary Kubiak’s departure.
Under Kubiak, Flacco enjoyed one of the best years of his career. He believes he can excel in Rich Scangarello’s offense, which is obviously a derivative of the Kubiak/Shanahan offense that has been passed down through the years.
The Broncos are currently set up to get out of Flacco’s contract — a team-friendly one as far as quarterbacks go — at any point without any dead money.
Flacco has to go out and earn every penny with the Broncos, or else the contract will be gone. He understands that, and he also feels the weight of the chip on his shoulder after being injured, Wally Pipped, and traded by the team he won a Super Bowl for.
Now he has a chance to prove John Elway right — that he’s entering the prime years of his career. His arm talent hasn’t deteriorated, and his mind has sharpened.
If Flacco can prove injuries are not an issue, the Broncos may be able to ride out his contract and win a bunch of games in the process.