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Broncos, Briefly: Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

While above-average quarterback play is essential, I don't think it's a stretch to say that Elway views Flacco as a quarterback who is smart and experienced enough to play damage-free football and complement a defense that is expected to set the pace. This system would allow Denver to play that style of football.

**Dear John, Don't stop at Joe Flacco** (Paul Klee, The Colorado Springs Gazette)

[G]o big — and now. "Rebuild" flew the coop when John Elway's front office agreed to a trade for Flacco on Wednesday. All those nifty, thrifty ideas of starting from scratch were burned to the ground with one aggressive, risky, very Elway move.

Flacco should be good for the Broncos behind the scenes. This is a team that will have a first-time head coach (Vic Fangio), play-caller (Rich Scangarello) and quarterbacks coach (T.C. McCartney), second-year players in receivers Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton and running backs Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman and a to-be-determined offensive line. Flacco's input with the game plan from Tuesday-Saturday and his leadership ability off the field will be critical.

"Big move by Elway,'' Emmanuel Sanders, the Broncos' top receiver, said via text to 9NEWS. "Veteran leader who has won the big game. We also have money to spend to in free agency as well. Looking forward to seeing more pieces put into place.''

New head coach Vic Fangio was the Ravens' linebackers coach for four seasons, including Flacco's first two seasons with the team in 2008-09, and has first-hand experience of working alongside him. In Flacco, the Broncos see a consistent and available player, not to mention a top quarterback in playoff wins. He has started every game in nine of his 11 seasons in Baltimore, was named MVP of Super Bowl XLVII and is still remembered in Denver as the orchestrator of the Mile High Miracle. But more significant — from the Broncos' perspective, anyway — are his 10 playoff wins, the third-most among active quarterbacks behind Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger.

**Broncos turn over coach/quarterback duo again** (Arnie Stapleton, Associated Press)

In just about every season he's been in charge of football operations in Denver, John Elway has had to address major concerns at one or both of the two most consequential positions in the NFL: head coach and quarterback.