Denver Broncos: Three Reactions to the Flacco News

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Flacco is a Super Bowl MVP.

He’s third among active quarterbacks with 10 playoff wins (Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger).  He’s big and strong at 6’6″ and 245 pounds.

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Like Big Ben, Flacco has always been adept at standing tall in the pocket and delivering despite pressure. In the Ravens Super Bowl winning 2012 season, he had 11 touchdown passes in the playoffs, tying 49er great Joe Montana for the NFL record.

Flacco’s arm strength should allow him to exploit the deep threat capabilities of Emmanuel Sanders, assuming he’s back, Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton.

He provides a pocket presence and leadership quality that has been missing since Peyton Manning took his last snap for the Broncos. In his younger days, he was fast for a man his size, often faster than defensive linemen giving chase.

In the 2012 playoffs, Flacco torched the Broncos for 331 yards and three touchdowns including the improbable and infamous Rahim Moore mistimed jump that makes Broncos fans want to puke (RIP Ueck!).  He has been smart at reading defenses and plays well to his strengths.  He has never been particularly mistake prone, even if he’s not viewed as a risk-taker.

Flacco has missed only 13 games in his 11-year career. He is a dedicated family man, married since 2011 with five children.