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#pounditFriday, September 30, 2022

Broncos coach says he is not considering benching Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco and the Broncos’ offense looked completely inept in Thursday night’s loss to the Chiefs, and it has become clear that the quarterback situation in Denver is no better now than it has been at any point since Peyton Manning retired. Despite that, Flacco is not in danger of losing his starting job.

Broncos head coach Vic Fangio told reporters on Friday that he is considering making major changes on offense after the 30-6 loss, but benching Flacco is not one of them.

Flacco has an uninspiring passer rating of 86.3 on the season. He threw for 213 yards on Thursday night, which was his highest passing yardage total in the past three games. He also fumbled several times, one of which led to a defensive touchdown. The 34-year-old has thrown just one touchdown pass during that span, but Denver has won two of its last three thanks to some solid play defensively.

As a team, the Broncos managed just 284 total yards against a Chiefs defense that has not been impressive in recent weeks. Denver’s offense is easily one of the worst in football, and Flacco has played a big role in that.

Of course, Flacco was supposed to serve as a bridge quarterback for the Broncos. They drafted Drew Lock in the second round of the NFL Draft earlier this year, and the former Missouri star is now eligible to practice after beginning the season on injured reserve with a thumb injury. He can play in games beginning in Week 9, but it seems unlikely that the Broncos will throw him into the mix given how bad the entire offense has been.

If you want to know how pathetic Denver was against the Chiefs, look no further than what Troy Aikman had to say about them during the TV broadcast. Flacco clearly isn’t the answer, but Fangio is standing behind him.


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