Since Peyton Manning retired from the Denver Broncos — John Elway hasn’t exactly hit it off well in the quarterback department as QB after QB has come in and failed miserably. The latest being the signing of Case Keenum last offseason, only to trade him to the Washington Redskins this offseason.
“Well, it’s hard,’’ Elway said of picking Flacco over Keenum, via Mike Klis of 9News. “We looked at what we want to do offensively — try to get the ball downfield and the availability of Joe and the success he’s had as a starter and in the playoffs. He won a Super Bowl. He’s been a starter for a long time. He’s only 34 years old, so we think he has a lot of football ahead of him. I thought he would be a perfect fit for us.
“Case played very well for us, too, but we had to make a decision and we decided to go with Joe with what the compensation was.’’
The Broncos gave up two fourth-round draft picks for a guy who hasn’t won a postseason game since 2014 and has a overall record of 24-27 over the past four seasons.
As mentioned before, Flacco does have a Super Bowl ring.
“He’s productive, and he’s been a winning quarterback,’’ new coach Vic Fangio told Klis. “I don’t know that you need to say much more than that. He’s always possessed a very strong arm. He’s got good touch on the ball; his ball is very catchable. He’s got good anticipation. He’s got a coolness to him to where the situation isn’t too big for him. He doesn’t get flustered. I just like his overall demeanor, besides his physical qualities.’’
Flacco becomes the fifth starter since Peyton Manning retired after the 2015 season.
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