When the Jacksonville Jaguars kick off against the Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoon, they’ll be facing a quarterback that they and defensive coordinator Todd Wash are very familiar with. The Broncos traded for former Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco in the offseason and he’s off to a very Joe Flacco type start for the season, completing 61.9 percent of his passes with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
As mentioned, the Jaguars and defensive coordinator Todd Wash are very familiar with Flacco from his time with the Ravens. Wash has been the Jaguars defensive coordinator since 2016, but was also the defensive line coach/run game coordinator back in 2014. From 2014 through today, the Jaguars have faced Flacco four times and in that time period he’s thrown for a combined 779 yards, three touchdowns and six interceptions. Their last two meetings Flacco threw no touchdowns, was intercepted four times and was sacked for times. Back in 2017, Flacco completed just 8 passes for 28 yards.
Now obviously when the Jaguars and Broncos meet on Sunday, Flacco will have an entirely different surrounding cast than he did when he was with the Ravens, but I’d also argue overall that surrounding cast isn’t as good. I think the Broncos offensive line is a downgrade from Baltimore, the run game is probably pretty similar and the receiving options leave a lot to be desired even with Jalen Ramsey expected to miss the game.
The real key on Sunday, which I’m sure Wash knows, is to slow down the Broncos run game and force them into passing situations, much like they did against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday Night Football, bottling up Derrick Henry and pinning their ears back on Marcus Mariota.