The Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday announced that they agreed to trade veteran quarterback Joe Flacco to Denver when NFL trades become official on March 11th.
While it was clear just last week from an interview with coach Vic Fangio that the Broncos recent philosophy of placing Band-Aids on several telling team needs was no longer the organization’s principle, however; the announcement of a looming trade for Joe Flacco seems to negate the coach’s sentiments.
Coach Fangio likely signed off on the deal, but fans are up and arms about the idea of yet another Band-Aid on the quarterback position. In all fairness veteran quarterback Joe Flacco has nearly double away post-season wins than the entire Broncos organization has since its existence, not to mention Flacco’s Hail Mary, that he threw to Jacoby Jones in the 2012 AFC Divisional Playoff game which sent Denver packing and advanced the Ravens to the AFC Championship against the Patriots and on to their Super Bowl win over the San Francisco 49ers.
Flacco by all means isn’t some scrub quarterback who isn’t battle tested, he is however in his 11th season heading into 2019 and was benched last season by a younger fresher arm in the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner, Lamar Jackson. Jackson led the Ravens to a 10-6 season, AFC North Champs, but was beat by the AFC West L.A. Chargers 23-17 in the NFL Wild Card Round.
While the jury is still out on coach Fangio, and John Elway’s decision to trade a 4th round pick for the veteran quarterback, many believe that Case Keenum’s days are now numbered and are expected to try and trade him in hopes to save some cap space.
In other sports, the Denver Nuggets have gotten some much-needed rest during the All-Star break. Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic was all over NBA social media circles and media outlets having performed in the All-Star game. Jokic played 13 minutes and scored 6 points with 9 boards. Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone also made his All-Star debut coaching Team Lebron to a win over Team Giannis 178-164.
The Denver Nuggets kick off their return in Dallas this Friday at American Airlines Center to face the Dallas Mavericks whom the Nuggets beat 126-118 back on December 18th. The Nuggets are currently second in the National Western Conference two games behind the conference leading Golden State Warriors. Friday night’s game starts at 6:30 p.m. on Altitude Sports.