Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello sees improvements in Drew Lock’s mechanics from his time at Missouri to now.
The Denver Broncos knew rookie quarterback Drew Lock would need some work on his mechanics going from college to the NFL.
With the things Lock was asked to do in college, he wasn’t necessarily always required to use the kind of footwork you need for the offense coordinator Rich Scangarello has designed and is calling, and he had some sloppy habits that needed correcting.
Scangarello, who has worked with quarterbacks at both the pro and college level, understands what good habits look like and although the result of Lock’s first two starts have overshadowed his development mechanically, the Broncos have taken notice.
Here are some things Scangarello pointed out.
Well, those were all issues at Missouri, weren’t they?
Specifically, NFL Draft analysts and scouts had taken issue with Lock drifting or as Scangarello puts it here, ‘retreating’, in the pocket. We’ve still seen some of that, but we’ve also seen it sort of help Lock at times.
The throw against the Houston Texans to Andrew Beck is a great example of how he can make big-time throws while drifting back in the pocket, but we’re also noticing Lock plant his feet and drive the ball downfield.
When quarterbacks plant their feet and drive the ball, they’re obviously able to use a lot more of their core and get more behind the ball.
It’s encouraging to hear the offensive coordinator comment on Lock’s accuracy and note that it’s improved. I would say just from my seat, Lock’s accuracy is tremendously improved, even from preseason play. Certainly from his college tape.
There’s plenty to be excited about regarding Lock, but one of the best things about this young quarterback is how well he takes to coaching. Lock is not above anyone, and he’s not above correction. He’s taking really well to this Broncos coaching staff and the brain trust of Scangarello and TC McCartney, and it’s paying dividends.
Hopefully, we can see even more progression on Sunday against the Chiefs.