Broncos Reporter: "There's Optimism In The Building"

The Broncos, who are 16-28 in their last 44 games, believe Joe Flacco can lead them to new heights

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
July 18, 2019 - 9:45 am
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Since winning the Super Bowl after the 2015 season, it’s been a rough couple of years for the Denver Broncos. They’ve missed the playoffs three years in a row and are 16-28 in their last 44 games.

Can the Broncos turn things around in 2019? Time will tell, but the outcome hinges on two individuals.

“In the short term, it is about Vic Fangio, and it is about Joe Flacco,” KOA News Radio Denver sports reporter Brandon Krisztal said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “In this offense, which Gary Kubiak ran a version of in 2014, Joe had his best statistical year – his best passing completion percentage; not his most yards, but second or third; and his most touchdowns. That number was 27.”

That’s right. Flacco’s career-high for touchdown passes is 27. He played 16 games in 2016 and 2017 and threw for 20 and 18 touchdowns, respectively. last year, he was benched for Lamar Jackson.

“Joe Flacco’s best year ever – most prolific year – was 27,” Krisztal said. “But he said he really liked the offense. . . . I think there’s a little bit of optimism at least in the building. I think that’s a good thing. But at 34, what is his best year going to look like? If he can duplicate that or improve on that, he’s not going to jump from 27 to 50. He’s going to jump from 27 to 31, 32, 33. But I think you’d take that based on what you’ve seen around here the last couple years.”

The Broncos, who went 6-10 last year, open the season at Oakland on Monday Night Football on Sept. 9.

Click below to listen to Krisztal’s interview in its entirety.