Denver Broncos: 3 reasons Drew Lock must play in 2019
The Broncos can’t make the same mistakes with Drew Lock that they made with Paxton Lynch.
One benefit this team has going forward that Lynch didn’t have is continuity on the offensive staff. We obviously have no idea what is going to happen in the next three or four months, but it seems safe to assume that Rich Scangarello is going to be back next year as offensive coordinator.
This means Lock will have time on task in Scangarello’s offense and the opportunity to get regular-season reps against other teams’ top defenses is something Paxton Lynch didn’t get to do from one year to the next.
Lynch looked solid in 2016 for the Broncos in spot duty, but the Broncos were (rightfully) so focused on winning games that they failed to get Lynch the time on the field he probably needed in order to succeed in the NFL.
And then, of course, Lynch regressed with the new coaching staff in the following seasons.
Lock has already proven he’s adaptable to multiple offenses in college, but if the Broncos are not making the playoffs, they should be in full evaluation mode, which means Drew Lock should be on the field getting a fair evaluation with the rest of the starters.
If you’re not going to make the playoffs, you’d better go into the following offseason with more answers at the quarterback position than questions, if you can help it.
The only way to eliminate unnecessary questions after a lost season is to put Drew Lock on the field and see what he can do, good or bad, so you can make educated decisions about what to do moving forward.