It wouldn’t be an offseason for the Denver Broncos without quarterback controversy.
In the last week, the Broncos have dealt former captain and first year starting quarterback Case Keenum to the Washington Redskins. The year before, the Broncos dealt former captain and starting quarterback Trevor Siemian to the Minnesota Vikings.
This year the quarterback of the Broncos is Super Bowl MVP (XLVII), Joe Flacco. John Elway was moved to trade for the veteran quarterback after the Baltimore Ravens committed their future to developing Lamar Jackson. With a presumed chip on his shoulder, John Elway believes Flacco’s best football is still ahead of him. Flacco’s offensive arsenal is filled with multiple young, and talented players. Paired with the discipline of head coach Vic Fangio, and a revamped defense, the expectations for Flacco are astronomically high.
As first reported by ESPN’s Jeff Legwold, former Bronco quarterback Jake Plummer presented the harsh reality of being the Broncos starting quarterback.
“You get here and you realize, it isn’t just some other team. They’ve won, Elway’s Elway, the fans have been crazy for the team from one generation to the next, they fill all the seats and every year Pat Bowlen expected you to win the Super Bowl. ... Not every place is like that, and if you’re not ready for that as a quarterback, it’s going to be a hard job that spits you out.”
The fact of the matter is that Joe Flacco is a veteran quarterback that was sought after by multiple teams this offseason. Rather than being a below average NFL quarterback, Flacco has the ability to be aggressive, cerebral, and consistent. While Baltimore is further removed from a Super Bowl Championship than Denver, the expectations are far different from both the organization and fan base.
When introduced to the Denver Media at his introductory press conference Flacco said, “My first priority ... I’m going to show everybody in this organization, and more importantly the players on my team, that I can play, that I can play quarterback. That I can lead this team with the talents and skills that I have.”
So because the Broncos are in win now mode, Flacco’s talent and skills will ultimately be judged by winning football games and competing for a fourth Lombardi Trophy.