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Vic Fangio says Broncos’ Joe Flacco is “a more confident player”

Vic Fangio, Joe Flacco, Broncos

Former Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is now officially a member of the Denver Broncos. However, adding Flacco under center wasn’t the only major move the AFC West franchise was able to make this offseason. The Broncos also hired Vic Fangio as the team’s new head coach.

Although a defense-minded coach, which is evident in his time as a NFL defensive coordinator, Fangio already likes what he sees in Flacco. Though a Super Bowl champion with the Ravens, Flacco does not always garner a ton of praise, something Fangio has no problem heaping upon the veteran signal-caller.

I see a more confident player,” Fangio recently said of Flacco, via 9 News in Denver. “I was around him as a rookie. A rookie coming in from Delaware. He handled it great back then. I just see a more calm and confident player right now.”

Fangio notably coached for the Ravens during Flacco’s rookie season back in 2008. The two are now reunited with the Broncos, a team that previously employed Case Keenum as its starting quarterback. However, with Flacco now slated to step in ahead of the 2019 campaign, the Broncos elected to ship the aforementioned Keenum to the quarterback-needy Washington Redskins. As a result, the path is clear for Flacco to hit the ground running.

Prior to being traded to the Broncos earlier in the offseason, Flacco had notably spent his entire professional career in Baltimore as a member of the Ravens. He was unseated as the team’s starter in what would become his last year in Baltimore. The Ravens have since turned to Lamar Jackson under center.