One of the more underrated moves of the 2020 NFL offseason was the Denver Broncos quietly releasing Joe Flacco while no one was looking. Who can forget Broncos president, John Elway’s masterplan to trade for Flacco and his $18 million contract?
Last season, Joe Flacco started only 8 games before being benched for the rookie, Drew Lock. Flacco went 2-6 in those starts with 6 touchdowns to go with his 5 interceptions and weak ass 227 yards per game. (For comparison sake, Drew Lock stepped in and went 4-1. Laugh out loud).
But he completed a career-high 65.3% of his passes. Congrats. The only success Flacco had in career was bombing the ball deep and last season he threw little cute short passes that didn’t move the sticks ever.
Again, I have no idea what Denver was even planning to do with Flacco. He was more expensive and not as effective as Case Keenum, the Broncos 2018 starting quarterback. They also drafted Drew Lock at the top of the 2nd round with the full intentions of handing him the reins of this franchise.
It’s safe to say that after years of tricking Baltimore into paying him that dumb contract and then tricking Denver into trading for him, Flacco has officially reached back up status mode. Especially after being a dick in Denver and publicly challenging the team’s play-calling. Always cool when a 35-year old adult ass man points the finger at someone else.
This offseason is one of the first that I can remember in which there were more quarterbacks available then there were teams in need of quarterbacks and we’re not even done adding QBs to the free agent pool as Andy Dalton will be joining the fray soon as well.
So what’s next for Joe Flacco?
There are reports this week that the Philadelphia Eagles are interested in Flacco which would be amazing. For the first time since his rookie season, Carson Wentz played all 16 games before suffering a concussion in the first roundd of the playoffs thus restarting the narrative that he cannot stay healthy. Thank you, Jadeveon Clowney for your dirty hit that opened the door for Joe Flacco to come in and save the day in 2020.
The only mediocre QB to have a more historic and unbelievable playoff run than Nick Foles did two years ago where he beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.
In 2013, Joe Flacco went OFF. Cool Joe completed 73 of 126 passes for 1,140 yards, 11 touchdowns and no interceptions. He recorded a 117.2 passer rating, which is the highest in NFL playoff history.
Flacco’s legacy NEEDS him to win another Super Bowl and more specifically, for the Philadelphia Eagles. See, his name will always be in the category of below average dudes who happened to catch fire in the playoffs. It’s Flacco, Foles, Eli Manning and Tom Brady in 2019.
If Flacco can not only win again but win it in the same controlled environment as Nick Foles then he emerges as the sole owner of the Greatest That Never Was.
Carson Wentz is going to catch COVID-19 and Flacco is going to throw for 5,000 yards in the Super Bowl. Just as the prophecy foretold.