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Has Joe Flacco lost all faith in Garett Bolles?

When the game plan changes because one player can’t do his job it might just be time to kick him to the curb.

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Ladies and gentlemen, the Denver Broncos have an identity but for it to succeed one of two things needs to happen - or both:

  • Find an LT who can block
  • Find a QB who can move

I know that it won’t likely be a popular opinion today to throw shade at anyone and the team as a whole played really well and deserved a win but since the MHR staff has already done such a great job discussing the victory, I’ll discuss something not quite as pleasant. Before I do so though I just want to say that it was an enjoyable game to watch as the run game continues to get better, Courtland Sutton and Phillip Lindsay are monsters and the defense looked like they finally understood what they were doing. But again, three big mistakes by Flacco and Garett Bolles almost cost the Broncos the game and eventually you have to say enough is enough.

I’ve only watched the game once - I’ll go back and watch it again this week - but I could swear that Joe Flacco rolled or at least moved to his right on just about every pass play of the second half. That’s not good because Joe Flacco struggles when rolling to his right. He takes so long to get into a throwing position that the play has already developed and there’s nothing left to do but throw the ball away. It’s clearly not a strength and it looks to me to be a bad weakness for the big QB and that’s okay, he does some other things quite well like standing tall in the pocket in the face of pressure. The problem is that he can’t stand in the pocket because he has zero faith in his Left Tackle (and rightly so). Which forces us to wonder how this situation can be fixed.

Personally, I would love to see Drew Lock get in there and show what some mobile legs would do in the Scangarello offense but if that’s not going to happen in 2019 then at least they need to bring in literally anyone else at LT. Bolles has proven that he is incapable of learning (or blocking) and as in any relationship the key for it to work is trust. Flacco is seemingly giving up on the big guy and it’s time the team tried something different.

All of that said, it’s a win and a good one at that as the team showed grit and toughness and a whole lot of talent. With a few fixes - some big and some small - this team really could be close to being something special again. For that to happen though, someone needs to go, either Flacco or Bolles.


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