The Denver Broncos are a team that has been stuck in quarterback oblivion ever since their Super Bowl 50 victory over the Carolina Panthers. Going through the likes of Paxton Lynch, Trevor Siemian, and Case Keenum, the Broncos haven’t had any success at the position. With Drew Lock, journeyman quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, and Brett Rypien on the current roster, no job is more open in the NFL than QB1 for the Denver Broncos.
The likely week one starter will be either Drew Lock or Teddy Bridgewater, but who should it be? Drew Lock, who is entering his third year, has been making headlines all off-season as he tries to make that leap and be the next great Denver Quarterback. Drew Lock’s biggest struggle so far throughout his career has been his ability to take care of the football. Too many times Lock has been reckless with the football and thrown it into highly contested areas or into double coverage. Lock’s turnovers stem from him trying to do too much with the football and trying to create outside of the offensive scheme. Instead of taking what the defense gives him, Lock tends to stay locked on one receiver and make an ill-advised throw. Another issue is accuracy and ball placement. Lock’s throwing mechanics are all over the place, as he typically leads receivers too far down the field. This is due to where Lock’s foot is pointed as he typically has it pointed too far in front of the receiver and where the ball needs to be thrown. With the work Lock has been putting in this off-season, will he win the starting job and quiet the doubters?
The seven-year veteran and journeyman quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was acquired from the Carolina Panthers for a sixth-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. This sparked a buzz and showed how frustrated the Broncos were becoming with the development of Drew Lock. Now with the opportunity to revive his career, Bridgewater is a very viable option and the best that the Broncos have on their current roster. He boasted nearly 70% completion percentage last season, so Bridgewater is an efficient passer who isn’t afraid to do what Drew Lock struggles to do: check the ball down. While Bridgewater didn’t have the prettiest turnover ratio with 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, his career ratio should bring a lot less fear with 53 touchdowns and 36 interceptions. In the right offensive system, Bridgewater can be great. Moving Bridgewater out on play-action passes and RPOs are what Bridgewater excels in. Matt Rhule’s offensive scheme in Carolina wasn’t best suited for Teddy Bridgewater and eventually lead to a mediocre year for Bridgewater and the rest of the Panthers. For Teddy Bridgewater to be successful, he needs the offense to cater towards his strengths so he doesn’t have to make Patrick Mahomes-like plays. If Broncos head coach Vic Fangio and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur can put Bridgewater in the right situations, the Broncos’ offense can compete, due to their many offensive weapons across the board.
What isn’t there to say? Aaron Rodgers is the dream that diehard Broncos fans have at night. Becoming frustrated with management, Rodgers has stated multiple times that he wants a trade and will never play another snap for the Green Bay Packers. Green Bay has stated several times that they will not trade Rodgers and even have offered him a contract extension. While a trade isn’t 100% out of play, it is unlikely. Because Aaron Rodgers is, well Aaron Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers won’t part ways easily with him. With already being proclaimed a First-Ballot Hall of Famer, the Packers will likely be asking for multiple first-round draft picks and possibly even players. While Green Bay doesn’t plan on trading Rodgers, it is still in the Broncos’ best interest to trade for Rodgers. While it is probably the most unlikely scenario, a fresh start for Rodgers in the brisk mountains of Colorado would make Broncos fans across the world cheer. While the question regarding whether or not Aaron Rodgers becomes a Denver Bronco has yet to be answered, it could be potentially answered sooner rather than later.
Come kickoff of training camp, Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater will be battling for QB1 on the depth chart. For Broncos fans, there’s a reason to be excited. You’ll have a quarterback room that is going to be pushing each other week in and week out. Regardless of how the season goes for the Broncos, there’s no way you can deny how competitive it will be for the starting spot.