Interesting takeaways from Vic Fangio after day one of Broncos minicamp
Fangio impressed with Flacco, likes Lock’s development
Joe Flacco is having an impressive offseason, by all accounts, and Fangio isn’t surprised by it at all.
He talked about Flacco’s offseason to this point and what has stood out to him among the four quarterbacks on the roster currently.
"“He’s (Flacco) been what I remembered from when I was around him way back. He still has a big arm. The ball still comes out of his hand with a lot of liveliness to it. It’s a very catchable ball. I think the guys like playing with him, and I’ve been happy with Joe. I think Joe’s had a really good offseason, camp or however you want to phrase it. I think Drew [Lock] is slowly getting better—which he’s got a major undertaking here of No. 1 learning a new offense, No. 2 playing under center more and just getting the speed of the NFL game. Come training camp once we get the pads on, it’ll amp up even more. I think he’s slowly making strides. And I don’t mean slowly as a negative, I think he’s getting a little bit better every day.”"
Alright, so the Broncos have a starting QB who is pleasing a coach that isn’t easily impressed, and they have a rookie quarterback who is slowly but surely making strides the team wants to see.
I think this is a testament to a few different things.
For Flacco, the change of scenery and complete backing of the coaching staff and front office is a welcomed change of pace. There’s also the fact that he’s playing in an offense that will remind him of the one he had so much success in with Baltimore back in 2014.
Flacco’s time in the NFL is not finished yet, at least according to him, John Elway, Vic Fangio, and pretty much everyone else on this Broncos team.
Von Miller even said after practice that Flacco still looks like a Super Bowl MVP out there, and made a comment about a throw Flacco had that went about 65 yards downfield.
If there’s still juice in that arm, there’s reason to be excited.
There’s even more reason to be excited if Flacco can play well and Drew Lock can develop into a starting caliber QB. The Broncos obviously picked Lock as a borderline luxury, but it was only a luxury because of the situation. Taking a player like Lock has been a necessity for this team.
His development is key to the future of the franchise.