Denver Broncos: How was Brandon Allen’s starting debut?
Allen was certainly the man of the hour at the end of this one, and rightfully so. He came in and did his job, helping actually keep the offense humming,
Allen’s efficiency was not overshadowed by some of the negative things we noticed in this game, but they are definitely worth working on as the Broncos head into the bye week and prepare for a tough road trip to take on the Minnesota Vikings.
Nothing about what Allen did should cause us to alter the plans for Drew Lock going forward, which seem to be to get him starts at the end of November or in early December.
If Lock had played as well as Allen, I’m sure many fans would be claiming the Broncos finally had found a good, young quarterback, even if you could get the same outcome from Drew Lock, the narrative would be different because of his talent level and draft status as a second-round pick.
That’s not to take anything away from Allen, who could show huge signs of improvement as he gets more time on task as the operator and starter in this offense. He certainly could do that, and we would all welcome it.
Sundays are just a lot better when the Broncos win, and the fact that Allen played well in a victory speaks to the fact that this Broncos team has been desperately lacking competence at the quarterback position. They didn’t trail this entire game, and Allen didn’t have to do a heck of a lot in the way of playmaking.
He ran the offense well, threw his receivers a catchable ball, and didn’t make many mistakes.
If the worst-case scenario here is that the Broncos found themselves a capable backup quarterback, that’s great news.