John Elway told TMZ Sports he thinks Joe Flacco can do what Peyton Manning did and win a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos.
Whether he believes it or not, he’s said it.
When Denver Broncos GM John Elway was asked by a TMZ Sports representative whether or not he thought Joe Flacco could ‘pull off’ what Peyton Manning did and lead the Broncos to a Super Bowl, Elway’s response was simply, “I do.”
It’s no surprise after saying he thinks Flacco is capable of getting the Broncos back to the Super Bowl that he declares Flacco is ‘the guy’ with Drew Lock having a bright future.
That’s not news to us, but I don’t know if there has been another time this offseason when Elway has specifically stated he feels like Flacco is capable of actually winning a Super Bowl.
Now we have it.
Now we have Elway on record as saying he thinks Joe Flacco is entering his prime and he has put the pressure on him of doing what Peyton Manning did and win a Super Bowl with his second NFL team.
If Flacco can do that, he will join, well, Peyton Manning as the only guy in NFL history to win a Super Bowl with two different teams.
Essentially what Elway has done is set a very clear standard for Flacco coming in. Win games, or else.
If Flacco isn’t winning games and putting the Broncos in title contention, Elway can point back to these things he said about him and remind everyone this is who the Broncos expected him to be.
Is that unfair to Flacco? Maybe, but too bad.
What Elway has done may seem delusional to people on the outside, but this is a great way for a general manager to look like a genius or take an easy route to the young quarterback at some point.
Think about it.
If Flacco wins, Elway looks like a genius for giving up just a fourth-round pick to get him.
If Flacco doesn’t win and plays poorly, Elway can say the Broncos only spent a fourth-round pick to get him and he wasn’t what they thought he was on the field.
Moving on to the young quarterback.
The pressure is on any quarterback in Denver to perform, but Flacco is 34 and has won a Super Bowl before. Why would the expectations for him be any less in a city that demands greatness?