Quarterback Joe Flacco will make his Denver Broncos debut on Thursday night and said he wants the team to continue to gain confidence.
Denver Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco spoke with the media on Tuesday and discussed a number of topics, including what he would like to see when he hits the field for the very first time against an opponent as a member of the Denver Broncos.
Flacco acknowledged that he would just like to get things going—sort of like a “one play at a time” mentality.
"“You just want to go get your feet wet a little bit. You want to feel live action again, bodies flying around you, guys getting hit and taking care of the football. Most importantly you want to go out there and you want to move the ball. And you want to gain confidence as a group that you can go out there and do it when it counts.”— Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco (Quote via DenverBroncos.com)"
The preseason is to try and get things rolling and hopefully get on some sort of momentum and rhythm. Flacco did not play in the team’s first preseason game of five total, so this will be the first time Flacco suits up for the Denver Broncos against another opponent.
The best way for the Broncos to gain confidence is to win, and look good doing it. Once they get on a roll, the confidence will come and should make things a lot easier for them.
Flacco should see a little bit of game action Thursday night, and then more in two and a half weeks during their fourth preseason game of the year against the Rams.
No matter what people say, preseason is crucial, especially for teams who have new starters at significant spots on the roster. It will be important for Flacco to try and connect on some passes to his new wide receivers (and possibly running backs) and maybe get momentum going and continue into the regular season.
This won’t be the true test for Flacco, but it certainly is important.
Like Flacco said, you want to go out there and move the football and extend drives. That is something the Broncos struggled with last season, especially when it came to third downs. If they can connect on third downs a lot more often than last season under the previous coaching staff and Case Keenum, I think they will have a lot better of a time.