Veteran QB Joe Flacco is now the lead man of the Denver Broncos. Will his talents appease the VP of Football Operations (John Elway)?
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Elway and the Denver Broncos were Super Bowl Champions in 2016 but they have only spiraled downward since. When Peyton Manning retired, the front office figured that a successor could be easily obtained. This belief has failed to come to fruition and hearing the names Paxton Lynch, Case Keenum, and Brock Osweiler, only turn the hairs of John Elway more grey. Elway's impulse and unrest was clearly demonstrated in the firing of Vance Joseph who spent only one year as the teams head coach (2017-2018). The AFC West has only become more competitive and a quick fix attitude may be problematic if Elway doesn't become more practical.
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Joe "Cool" (Flacco) may bring some resolve to a dismayed Broncos locker room. Flacco's humility only heightened after he was benched in favor of QB Lamar Jackson last season. This humility even continued when the Ravens were defeated by the LA Chargers in the Wild Card round in January. Many blamed Jackson for the playoff loss and the media sought to provoke Flacco's bitterness during the post-game. However, Flacco gave his sentiments, supporting the Ravens decision to keep him on the sideline and complimented the talents of his former teammate.
Denver has a new Head Coach (Vic Fangio), a new Offensive Coordinator (Rich Scangerello), and a new starting QB. So what are John Elway's expectations for this team? The AFC West is an extremely competitive division and the Broncos aren't the most talented of the bunch. I expect the Broncos to struggle for a Wild Card position in 2019. A 6-10 season record in 2018 can be improved this but if it doesn't lead to playoff appearance John Elway should keep his Cool, because assuredly Joe Flacco will.