We all remember back in 2012 when The Sheriff, Peyton Manning took his talents to the Mile High City, if you will. Expectations were sky-high, and the Denver Broncos did not disappoint. In the 4 years Peyton Manning was in Denver, the Broncos reached two Super Bowls, winning Super Bowl 50 in an impressive performance against the Carolina Panthers. Since Manning retired in 2016, the Broncos have been searching far and wide for his predecessor, to no avail. But the word around Denver, (Denver native here) is that Joe Flacco will be that same lightning in a bottle that they had with Manning. But I am here to burst your bubble, Bronco fans. Joe Flacco will not be Peyton Manning.
I can hear you already Broncos fans, “No one will ever be Peyton Manning, we aren’t expecting him to be.” To that I say you’re right, no one will ever be Peyton Manning. His ability to make changes at the line, his mind for the game and his accuracy with the ball are second to none. But if you are sitting there not expecting Joe Flacco to take you to the same heights Manning did, you’re full of it. The story has lined up the same: solid run game, scary defense and a coach with the potential to do great things. All parallels to the stretch from 2012-2016. Going into camp this summer, the belief around Denver on all the sports radio is that Flacco is the second coming of Christ himself, and that this Broncos team will not only contend for the division, but if the cards fall right they can make a lengthy playoff run. How do you expect that, when he lost his starting job in Baltimore to a rookie?
Save your breath. I know he was hurt, and that is what placed now second-year man Lamar Jackson into the starting role and he has never looked back. But lets breakdown Joe Flacco’s first 9 games before