Broncos Fans Should Be "Cautiously Optimistic" About Flacco

Joe Flacco doesn't make Denver a Super Bowl contender, Brandon Krisztal says, but more moves are coming

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
February 14, 2019 - 9:01 am

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The Denver Broncos will reportedly trade for Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco in March, and Brandon Krisztal, like many NFL analysts, has mixed feelings about it.

“I’m surprised but not surprised at the same time,” Denver’s Orange & Blue 670 host said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I talked to some Broncos executives who said they were going to be aggressive in free agency and in the offseason, and this feels like an aggressive move because it’s a former Super Bowl MVP – and the last time they acquired one of those, it turned out to be Peyton Manning, and it worked out pretty well. 

“Now, no one is going to confuse Joe Flacco with Peyton Manning,” Krisztal continued, “but he is at least a slight upgrade over Case Keenum – or it feels that way – and the Broncos are going to run an offense similar to what Gary Kubiak ran in 2014, when Joe Flacco had his best statistical year. So if they surround him with the right pieces, it’s a low-risk, high-reward kind of move.”

Flacco threw for 27 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 2014; he has thrown for 64 touchdowns and 46 interceptions over the last four seasons. He was also benched for rookie Lamar Jackson in November.

Still, the Broncos have shown in recent years that they don’t elite quarterback play to be successful; they just need competence.

“I think cautiously optimistic is probably the way Broncos fans need to approach it,” Kristzal said. “I don’t think they should book trips to South Florida (for Super Bowl LIV) just yet. You and I will be down there, but will the Broncos be there? I’m not ready to make that commitment just because they acquired Joe Flacco. But it was, I think, the start of letting everyone know John Elway is not just going to sit on his hands, hope for the best in the draft and see how the chips fall.”