The Denver Broncos are frustrated, and rightfully so.
Three times this season, a questionable 15-yard penalty on the defense has led to a last-minute field goal and a Broncos loss. This Sunday, it happened against the Indianapolis Colts. Adam Vinatieri hit a 51-yard field goal with less than a minute to go to give the Colts a 15-13 win.
The Broncos could have put the game away long before Jacoby Brissett’s final drive, the soft penalty call for a horse-collar tackle or Vinatieri’s kick. And Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco didn’t hold back after the game. And it’s not like Flacco to say controversial things.
Here's Joe Flacco's full quote on the lack of aggressiveness today. pic.twitter.com/sVuFZzFymm— Ryan Koenigsberg (@RyanKoenigsberg) October 27, 2019
A frustrated Joe Flacco after the loss: "We're now a 2-6 football team and we're afraid to go for it in a two minute drill... I just felt like, what do we have to lose? Why can't we be aggressive in some of these situations." pic.twitter.com/SYfqGPKqFE— Lindsay Joy (@LindsayJoyTV) October 27, 2019
You know frustration is at a high level when a veteran quarterback, who rarely says anything inflammatory, is terming the play-calling “afraid.”
It’s not hard to figure out what irked Flacco. On third-and-5 right after the two-minute warning and with the Broncos at the Colts’ 43-yard line, Denver handed it off to Phillip Lindsay up the middle. He was stopped for no gain. That made it a tougher call to go for it on fourth down. The Broncos punted, and lost. It was a very conservative call, and it bit them in the end.
Not much has gone right for the Broncos, and their quarterback isn’t pleased.
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