Fangio Weighs in on QB Joe Flacco's Apparent Lack of Intensity in Week 7 Debacle

Chad Jensen

Some people call him 'Joe Cool' for never getting too high, nor too low emotionally. To the fans in Broncos Country, Joe Flacco looks more like Joe Coma.

Somebody get that dude a coffee, stat! 

That's how many fans felt as they watched the seemingly slack-jawed Joe Flacco shuffle pedantically around Empower Field at Mile High on Thursday night, as the Denver Broncos were shellacked by the Kansas City Chiefs 30-6. 

Although it wasn't the first time he's been asked about Flacco's emotional comportment, head coach Vic Fangio addressed specifically Flacco's lack of fire and energy on Thursday night. 

“That is Joe," Fangio said on Friday. "Like I think I’ve told you guys before, when things are going good, he’s like that. He’s Joe Cool. When things are going bad, it’s a lack of intensity. It’s a lack of enthusiasm. I think that’s just going to continue to be the dialogue as it relates to Joe Flacco and his career.” 

Flacco was horrendous vs. the Chiefs, as his poor performance over the previous two games plummeted down into depths I honestly didn't believe he was capable of plumbing. That 'Joe Cool' persona really served him well (sarcasm).  

Flacco went 21-of-34 for 213 yards. No touchdowns. No interceptions. Not terrible numbers on the surface. 

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But this was one of those cases that proves the scouting cliche that the box score often lies. Flacco is in his 12th year and is supposed to bring veteran savvy to the table for the Broncos. 

Instead, Flacco was inaccurate, couldn't read the field and see wide-open players, missed blitzers pre-snap, failed to feel the rush and held onto the ball too long. He was also once again careless with the ball, despite not throwing an interception. Flacco was strip-sacked and the Chiefs scooped it up, running it in for a defensive touchdown.  

In Flacco's defense, though, the Broncos' offensive tackles were atrocious. The O-line relinquished eight sacks on Flacco, a career-high for the QB but he did his protectors no favors with his failures pre-snap and pocket presence. 

We've heard Fangio's summary of Flacco's emotion (or lack thereof) on Thursday night. Let's hear what the coach's evaluation of his QB's actual play is. 

“He was part of the offense and the offense obviously didn’t play well enough and he was 1/11th of that," Fangio said. "Obviously, your quarterback is a big part of your offense and I think he was—just like the rest of our offense—we didn’t play well enough. We got dominated.”

While in a literal sense, Flacco represents 1/11th of the offense. The impact of the quarterback is far greater. Fans saw the positive side of what a QB can do to elevate the other 10 guys on offense when Peyton Manning was in Denver. 

It's possible Flacco's play is torpedoing the play of other 10 guys on offense. 

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Comments (14)
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Badbrew77
Badbrew77

Good read Chad sad part is as you pointed out all your going to get from Flacco is emotionless Joe. And it highlights a bigger problem of Flacco not being able to relate to his much younger offensive players. Players like Sutton Fant Lindsay Freeman Hamilton probably hang out together away from the field going out playing video games among other things 20 somethings do. Flacco looks like he just heads home spends time with the family check his finances and reads the Wall Street Journal. Kids like the Broncos have need to be pumped up someone to stand up and say let’s go all you get from emotionless Joe is him standing there with a blank look on his face bringing people down than up. You heard Troy Aikman speak of it in the 4th quarter there was no urgency no get up just guys standing around walking to the huddle walking to the line of scrimmage and like Troy said that’s all on Joe and he pretty much does nothing.

Ruben2121
Ruben2121

Joe is an absolute disgrace to the Broncos. He doesn’t answer them Up doesn’t do anything besides sit on the bench on the sidelines and always has his head down he’s a pathetic quarterback and needs to go. He can’t read the defense. Can’t see open players poor attitude he sucks and I hope the Broncos get rid of them. They should’ve at least put in the back up quarterback on Thursday. Hopefully they make the right decision to do something with him he’s a joke

Pseymore73
Pseymore73

I been saying this from game 1 Elway trying to run a college Base West coast offense he's not that quarterback you gotta be a tempo setter to run that Offense Bench Joe and play Allen and watch thanks turn around.

PatriotAmerican
PatriotAmerican

Remember Flacco was traded, maybe does not want to be here, also it is not like Elway went out and shopped for specific players to help Flacco like he did Peyton. Instead remember Elway was trading players like Talib, DT, and others thinking that would help Vance Joseph instead Elway got rid of all the high caliber players from the super bowl team and Flacco got to come in with a bunch of players that are not very talented. So I do not blame Flacco this is all on Elway! He sucked does not know how to put a team together so lay off Flacco. How can you throw the ball when your offensive line cannot even hold off a blitz from the other team. Give me a break but everyone blames the QB. Drew Locke is not the answer. Everyone and I mean everyone needs to listen to DMAC's spill on twitter he is so right it is time to change the front office non productive. If you want to hear it or not you all in Denver are stupid because PM is around and we need to get him and utilizing him in his capacity. The Brain child of football, I bet Peyton would tell you the talent sucks on this team there is none and that it is not all Flaccos fault Peyton knows what is like to be behind Elway's supposed O line and let me tell you the one this year is even worse. I do not even blame the coaches, there is no talent on this team and again Drew Locke is not the answer. Remember Elway has picked the following QB all busts Osweiller, Casey Keenum, Paxton Lynch, and the list goes on of failures. Elway had done some stupid moves, he fires Fox with PM and brings in his friend Kubiak who everyone naturally loved because Kubes played for us but I highly think that was a mistake as you never hire friends it never works out and in the end it did not. Then Vance Joseph (Why) after that failure no reputable coach wanted to come here anymore so the result is first time coaches.
Again, not even find a offensive coordinator with experience. He just takes Scandgirrelo (sp) just because he worked with Kyle Shannahan really? We are in such a mess, we need ownership, let one of the girls take over the team. Elway has to go Bronco Legend or not enough damage. We have no team it will take 20 years to get it back to where we were. No players veteran will ever want to play for us we are the laughing stock of the NFL. I feel sorry for Vangio because knowing Elway he probably promised something and they all left good coaching positions they had before to be on a loser team with a loser GM.

PatriotAmerican
PatriotAmerican

Can you guarantee me Drew Locke is going to be the answer? NO THE TEAM PLAYERS JUST SUCK, THE PLAYERS HAVE NO TALENT!

Salazar
Salazar

Wave the white flag Elway! You suck at drafting players, you are a legend in Denver, you got lucky with Payton! Time to play the rookie! You have nothing to loose but you job!

Frostman
Frostman

Would somebody PLEASE show Elway the Kaepernick stat sheet and give us a quarterback willing to rush for 2 yards for a 3rd down completion??? Flicka Flacco has got to go!


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