Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock took some time in Miami to share some of his thoughts and excitement about the Pat Shurmur offense.
Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock is more confident entering his second NFL season, even with a change at offensive coordinator.
The Broncos made a somewhat shocking decision when it was reported they had fired offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello, especially after barely a year earlier, John Elway had discussed the importance of continuity on the coaching staff for the quarterback position.
But just as important as continuity is success, and the Broncos didn’t have the kind of success with Scangarello leading the offense as head coach Vic Fangio felt they could have with Pat Shurmur, who was coveted by a number of other teams around the league.
Although Lock will have a new offensive coordinator (Shurmur) and a new quarterbacks coach (Mike Shula) in 2020, he spoke to Phil Milani of DenverBroncos.com in Miami at Super Bowl LIV week about his excitement at the thought of working with these new coaches.
Lock, in speaking with Milani on a number of subjects, said that he obviously enjoyed working with the previous QB brain trust of Rich Scangarello and TC McCartney, but he is looking forward to working with Shurmur, who apparently thought very highly of Lock coming out of college a year ago.
Lock says he watched some of Shurmur’s offense, and specifically noted some things he really liked about what Shurmur did last year in New York with rookie Daniel Jones.
"“If you look at the credentials on all of the quarterbacks they’ve coached, those guys have turned out to be extremely good quarterbacks in this league. I’m excited to be a young guy, to be able to get them at an early stage of my career. They did so well with Daniel last year, Daniel played his butt off, so, I’m excited to be able to have him now and see where we can take this…I tried to watch as much New York games (as possible) this year with Daniel being a friend of mine. It’s pretty explosive. They throw the ball down the field. Daniel did himself some running — I’m excited to be able to scoot around a little bit. We’ll see how they morph it to fit our personnel and to fit our style and what they think might be best for our team. I’m confident that they’re going to put together a good plan and be ready to go for us.”Drew Lock (via DenverBroncos.com interview)"
Lock also talked about his vocal role growing this offseason as he’s become ‘the guy’ in the Broncos’ locker room, speaking specifically to his ability to show more of his personality, play comfortable, and his excitement was obvious.
The Broncos certainly have their most charismatic leader at the quarterback position since Peyton Manning. Lock is must-see TV with his personality, the way he talks about the game with enthusiasm, and his obvious leadership traits.
The Broncos have really lacked in that regard, if we’re being honest, from the quarterback position with a guy whose talent and intangibles really meshed together like Lock’s do.
It’s important to make sure we all remember that Lock is still basically in his ‘rookie’ year from the perspective that he has only played five games. Fans are going to be setting expectations high based on what we saw in his first five games, and rightfully so, but with a new offense and certainly plenty of new teammates, there will be growing pains for Lock moving ahead.
That doesn’t mean this kid’s not going to be fun to watch, because he is. The key for the fan base is to enjoy the process of watching a young quarterback grow, and hopefully grow into an offense that can now be the staple in Denver for years to come.