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Joe Flacco was ‘miserable’ in Baltimore, eager to prove he’s ‘the guy’ in Denver

Joe Flacco was not happy with how things played out in his final season with the Baltimore Ravens, but the veteran is ready to turn the page and start his career anew with the Denver Broncos.

Flacco, acquired for a fourth-round pick (No. 113) in the 2019 NFL Draft, was officially introduced Friday as the team’s latest attempt to shore up a shaky quarterback situation that has plagued the Broncos for years.

Flacco lost the starter’s role in Baltimore after suffering a hip injury and never reclaimed the job after the Ravens opted to keep rookie Lamar Jackson under center. While Flacco exhibited a lot of class as the Ravens moved on from him, he now admits the uncomfortable situation left him “miserable.”

That said, Flacco is ready to show that he still has what it takes to lead a team.

“I really just think that I am the guy,” Flacco said from Broncos headquarters Friday morning, via The Denver Post. “And I’ve got to go prove that I am.”

Despite Flacco’s advance age at 34 years old, Broncos general manager and president of football operations John Elway recently suggested the veteran is just entering his prime. Flacco seemed to agree with that assertion.

“I’m as healthy as I’ve ever been, I’m as physical as I’ve been,” Flacco said. “And barring anything crazy happening, I’m as healthy as I can be, and as physical and as ready to go as ever.

“I’m not putting a number on how much time I’ve got left to play. Hopefully, they’re dragging me out of this building a long time from now.”

Flacco has long been dogged by doubts he’s truly an “elite” quarterback, something that even inspired memes a few years back. Regardless of the jokes, Flacco is a Super Bowl-winning signal-caller and arguably is the best quarterback the Broncos have had on the roster in years.

“Listen, I’m driven because this is what I love to do, I love playing football,” Flacco said. “And I want to be the best at what I do.”