Here's why Broncos Can't Wait for Drew Lock in Order to bench QB Joe Flacco

Chad Jensen

Normally, I'd sit down and share with you my five key takeaways from a Denver Broncos game — win or lose. 

But on the heels of arguably the most embarrassing loss of the John Elway front-office era (that's saying something), only one insight is really worth talking about. 

Joe Flacco has to go. 

The Kansas City Chiefs rolled into Mile High and with Patrick Mahomes going down with a knee injury in the second quarter with a 10-6 lead, Matt Moore was able to enter the game and completely out-duel Flacco.

The final score? 30-6 Chiefs. 

To say that Flacco was impotent is to significantly under-sell how bad he was. Having ice in one's veins is fine and dandy but when one's body temperature is lower than that of a cadaver, how much is that 'cool, calm collectiveness' really helping anyone? 

It's not. And in fact, it's a detriment. 

Flacco went 21-of-34 for 213 yards. No touchdowns. No interceptions. 

On the surface, not terrible numbers, especially for a quarterback who palpably gave up on his team midway through the third quarter. There was no fire. There wasn't even a hint of self-pride emanating from Flacco's demeanor. 

None of that even mentions the fact that on Flacco's watch, the Broncos have converted just 6-of-38 third-down attempts over the last three games. That's a stat directly tied to QB play. 

This loss was a categorical embarrassment for this once-proud NFL franchise. GM John Elway has to be eating his heart out right now in both shame and frustration. 

The question is, was this embarrassment on the national stage, in which the Broncos' six points were literally the lowest output the team has ever produced in its 71 primetime home games, enough to spark a mighty change of heart? 

If it doesn't spark a change, every executive in Dove Valley risks this fanbase getting the pitchforks out and calling for heads (and jobs) to roll. 

Joe Flacco's performance was more than just egg on the face of the organization. It was an indictment on John Elway. 

This team would be wise to get out in front of what is becoming a growing mutiny in the fanbase and telegraph its intentions to not only activate Drew Lock off of injured reserve but bench Joe Flacco in the meantime. 

I get that the Broncos' offensive line did Flacco no favors. Flacco was sacked nine times after all, but I put at least half of the blame for those sacks on the QB's shoulders. And you should too. 

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From missing blitzers pre-snap, to failing to anticipate the rush — even in the face of Garett Bolles and Elijah Wilkinson making it clear out of the gates that the edges would be a turnstile on Thursday night — to holding onto the ball way too long and overall just looking disinterested and pedantic, Flacco's play did nothing to offset the Broncos' slumping O-line. 

The Broncos can't fool themselves into the line of thinking that 'Hey, this was just a bad night. We just won two games in a row'. Down that path lies only more ruin and more heartbreak and more embarrassment. 

Joe Flacco's got to go. Right now. Don't wait until Lock can return to the roster in Week 9. Rip that band-aid off now and play Brandon Allen next week in Indianapolis. 

By virtue of this short week, the Broncos will get a mini-bye of sorts. This team doesn't have to suit up against the Colts until 10 days from now. 

That's plenty of time to get Allen up to speed and at least see what the team has in him before putting Drew Lock in the lineup in Week 9 and never looking back. This season is no longer about trying to compete in the present. 

This season has devolved into a 'see what we've got in the young guys on the roster' type of campaign. The sooner Elway and company embrace that reality, the better. 

Get Flacco off the field as soon as humanly possible. 

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Comments (46)
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smilinassassin
smilinassassin

Remember when Elway said Flacco is just entering his prime? Flacco is garbage, but this loss goes deeper than personnel. If there is a starting QB in Lock to be had, I don’t trust this administration to find it.

ErickTrickel
ErickTrickel

Editor

Flacco isn't the only problem with this offense, but each week he becomes a bigger and bigger problem. Denver has to bench him now for Brandon Allen. If they don't, then they have to make every team aware that multiple players (C. Harris, S. Harris, Sanders, Leary) are all available. They're not winning with Flacco, so go get pieces to try and help put talent around whoever ends up being the QB

SayWhatDawg
SayWhatDawg

Nice rant. I know Flacco is not great. The OL is scab caliber though. Couldn't run it, can't pass pro. Let's throw a rookie QB out there who had, what, one good preseason game and otherwise looked questionable as an NFL QB and let him get overwhelmed and then we can shame him too.

mwieber
mwieber

As long as we're going to blame or credit the quarterback with the success or failure of the entire team, you do realize, Mr. Jensen, that Flacco would have had this team at a 4-2 record if the defense could have held leads in the last 2 minutes of the games against the Bears and the Jags? It's just much easier to blame everything on the quarterback. It takes minimal analysis and, in fact, you don't even have to watch the games.

Denverkewl
Denverkewl

Flacco was a "prime" abomination. Props to you guys for literally smelling this out. I wanted Joe to work out, now we need to toss Lock in and step up as we are headed for a top 5 pick playing this crap. Then, we blow up the team that quit. Notice CHJ getting smoked on another TD? Might as well rob other practice squads and replace the line. Can't be any worse can it? They had everything to play for and just quit

Kyle31
Kyle31

Are you kidding me?? You think Flacco is the problem? You hardly even mentioned how disastrous the O-line is. Worst in the league. #72 is getting 5 holding calls every game. Flacco never has a clean pocket, never has a chance for the receivers routes to develop, the offense just doesn't stand a chance bc the O-line is garbage and can't block sh*t. You want another QB? Denver's backup was in for one play, a sack. Doesn't matter who you put out there even Deshaun Watson couldn't win with this garbage O-line. I would like to see what Flacco is capable of in Denver, bc as both a Broncos and a Ravens fan I've seen Flacco play for years. He just needs more protection. Running backs need lanes. And Denver needs more receiving talent. Flacco-to-Sutton is all the Broncos have rn. Its embarrassing. But to say it's Flacco's fault? No. I'm watching the same game as you and as someone who knows a bit about football I can tell you honestly the the Broncos have one of if not the worst O-line in the league period. Blame Flacco all you want but you're wrong. This offense's problem is a lot more than the QB rn for sure. If you wanna fire someone fire #72 getting paid millions to hold every other damn play

Chad Jensen
Chad Jensen

Editor

@Kyle31 "From missing blitzers pre-snap, to failing to anticipate the rush — even in the face of Garett Bolles and Elijah Wilkinson making it clear out of the gates that the edges would be a turnstile on Thursday night — to holding onto the ball way too long and overall just looking disinterested and pedantic, Flacco's play did nothing to offset the Broncos' slumping O-line."

Even Aikman was disgusted by Flacco. Stop making excuses. Down that path lies only madness.

BleedsOrangeAndBlue
BleedsOrangeAndBlue

I've been a Flacco defender (some might say apologist) & have looked at every other possible factor: shoddy O-line play, weak receiving core, poor play-calling, Jupiter rising in Sagittarius.... I had even seen progress through the first 6 games.

But Flacco visibly quitting halfway through the 3rd last night was detestable. No excuse for that. Better to pull yourself & let Allen play.

Freakdogg
Freakdogg

The offensive line wasn't great but most of the sacks were on Flacco. He holds the ball way too long. They were blitzing him relentlessly and he seemed like he didn't know it was coming or he didn't know what to do with the ball. He looked straight up lackadaisical and slow in every way. He had open receivers running short patterns on most of the sacks. That was the most embarrassing offensive display i've ever witnessed from a Broncos offense. Also, where the heck is Von Miller? I think he's trying to get traded. He doesn't make any plays, not even tackles.

Gjs
Gjs

Watched this in the UK and ordinarily I should have been asleep just like Flacco but it’s hard to turn away when you witness a car crash unfold. I’ve long been convinced his cool demeanour and nickname is just a mistake, he’s patently disinterested in playing. Wrecked the Ravens with his wage demands and is doing similar again. If Elway wants to maintain the respect of him and Flacco that should be his last game in the NFL.

CUBuffinTX
CUBuffinTX

I want to remind everyone why Rich Scangarello got the OC job. It was because of his work with Beathard and Mullins. For those with short memories Mullins and UDFA beat Denver. Those 2 guys are suds in a bucket prospect wise to Lock so if he cant get the kid ready to play. Just another swing and miss by Elway on the coaching front. I love John Elway but this has to end. No GM in history has went through this many QB's and hired and fired 4 head coaches with the exception of 2 AL Davis, and Jerry Jones, enough said. The league has to force the trust to sell the team or name an owner ASAP. Joe Ellis and John Elway have made this there private kingdom and it must come to an end.

ZCupa
ZCupa

I agree Flacco isn't the only problem but a QB is the heart of the team and if he was any good he can ralley this team up to play as a team. If we say he needs time to throw so line sucks then we can any one of the streets. If you give any one time and the receiver gets wide open then anyone can hit the receiver. If you are a NFL QB you have been through Pop Warner, HS, and College to get to the NFL. So if you haven't learn to adapt and overcome the rush then you need to hang up your cleats. If the rush is there then run or quick slant or outs will calm the rush down. But this last game Flacco looked like he was an amateur. His downfield vision was not there. My opinion Flacco was never a above average QB. When he was with the Ravens he had a line, running backs, and a killer defense that made that team. QB was just a ordinary position in Baltimore because of all the others on that team. Enough if my rambling. Just my thoughts. DB4L.... Let's get it together Broncos and finish this season with a win in the Superbowl.


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