Broncos general manager John Elway praised veteran quarterback Joe Flacco in an interview with the NFL Network.
Elway also shared one of the reasons he brought the 34-year-old signal-caller to Denver.
“He (Elway) believes Joe Flacco is just getting into his prime,” NFL Network’s James Palmer reported before the official press conference, which has been postponed to Friday.
Why Joe Flacco? I asked John Elway that very question yesterday. Here’s what he told me. pic.twitter.com/hPiO5Z5u6o
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) March 14, 2019
Elway also sees Flacco working well in the team’s offense due to the former presence of Gary Kubiak. While the former Denver head coach is now a special adviser to the Vikings, the Broncos’ system still harkens back to Kubiak’s time with the team.
Kubiak was the Ravens’ offensive coordinator in 2014 when Flacco posted a career-high 27 touchdown passes. He also had his second-highest QBR ever that season at 91.0.
Flacco spent his entire 11-year career in Baltimore before making the move, and he left as the franchise’s most successful quarterback after setting multiple records and winning the team’s second Super Bowl.
But, his productivity has dropped in recent seasons.
In 2018, Flacco completed 61.2 percent of his passes and threw for 12 touchdowns with six interceptions through nine games as the team registered a 4-5 record in his starts. The Ravens went 72-40 in Flacco’s first seven seasons, but dropped to 24-27 in his final four years as their starter.