Stokley On Elway: "I Don't Know If He's Evolved At All"

Denver will reportedly trade for Joe Flacco, and many Broncos fans aren't happy about it

Tiki and Tierney
February 13, 2019 - 7:23 pm

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The Denver Broncos have reportedly agreed to a trade with the Baltimore Ravens for quarterback Joe Flacco, leading many in and around the NFL to ask one simple question:


“I think it’s split,” former NFL wide receiver and current 104.3 The Fan host Brandon Stokley said on Tiki & Tierney, when asked how Broncos fans are reacting to this news. “I really do. Some love it; some don’t like it. When you look at Joe Flacco, is it an upgrade over what we had last year? I think the answer has to be yes. It is an upgrade over Case Keenum.”

Keenum, who led the Vikings to the NFC Championship in 2017, took a nose-dive in 2018. He threw for 3,890 yards, 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, as Denver finished 6-10 and missed the playoffs for the third straight season.

In fact, the Broncos haven’t made the playoffs since Peyton Manning led them to a Super Bowl title. Since then, Denver has started Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch, and Brock Osweiler, among others, at quarterback.

“Just because you played quarterback at a high level doesn’t mean you’re going to be a good evaluator of the quarterback position,” Stokley said of John Elway. “A lot of fans, they’re very weary and nervous of John Elway drafting another quarterback. He drafted Brock Osweiler in the second round. That didn’t work. out. Then he went big and went in the first round and drafted Paxton Lynch, and that was an absolute flop. And so, they’re really scared about John Elway selecting a quarterback – especially if it was going to be in the first round.”

Flacco, 34, threw for 2,465 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions in nine games this season before getting benched for Lamar Jackson.

It’s fair to wonder if Elway, who won a pair of Super Bowls as a player and one as a GM, has adapted to the modern NFL. He seems to prefer tall pocket-passers who don’t offer much in the running game. 

“I really don’t know if he’s evolved at all,” Stokley said. “I would hope that he has because when you look at the college game, you better start taking some concepts from that game and incorporate it into the NFL game if you’re going to try to get these quarterbacks to play at a high level, especially early on. You don’t have to be 6-4 to be a great quarterback in the NFL. There’s a lot of 6-4 bad quarterbacks. But like I said, I don’t know – and we might not know because it might just be Joe Flacco here for a couple years and then we’ll have to see after that.”