Denver Broncos: 4 most likely quarterback rooms for 2021
1. Lock and Rypien are here to stay
Like it or not, I would bet a lot of money that Drew Lock is QB1 next year and Brett Rypien is QB2. Both Rypien and Lock are under contract next year, and both are currently on cheap deals. I do not think Broncos Country will have a problem with Rypien sticking around. After all, many have called for Lock to be benched in favor of Rypien.
2020 in general has been one of the most unprecedented years in human history, let alone the NFL. Between having to learn a new offense, no OTAs, devastating injuries on both sides of the ball, COVID-19, and an overall shorter offseason, it is easy to see why Drew Lock has struggled.
As I stated before, many believed that Lock was going to pop this year, myself included, but no one could have predicted a global pandemic would occur, and no one could have predicted how it has affected the NFL season.
By virtue of this, both Lock and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur should be afforded at least 2021 to prove themselves, in hopes that next year will be a slight return to normalcy. If the Broncos move on from Shurmur in the offseason and stick with Lock, Lock would then have his seventh offensive coordinator in as many years, dating back to his Missouri days.
I, for one, would never expect Lock to develop into a franchise guy if he has to learn a new offense each offseason. Even though I believe Rich Scangarello had a better fitting offense for Lock, I am hopeful that Shurmur sticks around, allowing Lock to have some consistency in his young NFL career.
Also, keeping Brett Rypien around as QB2 is for similar reasons. Rypien is an accurate passer and has excellent pre-snap knowledge, so he fits just fine as a backup. Allowing both Lock and Rypien to develop another year in Pat Shurmur’s system will benefit the team as a whole.