Fans of the Denver Broncos are waiting for the other shoe to drop.
The offseason has been filled with rumors at the quarterback position and though some quarterbacks around the league have already been traded, Deshaun Watson is not one of them. A deal to Denver could still take place.
If you were to poll fans of the team, the majority of them would like that move to happen, no matter the cost. It seems that the Broncos have faced questions at the quarterback position since the retirement of Peyton Manning and none of the guys who have been in that spot since have ever given the fanbase a great deal of confidence.
That includes Lock.
But what makes almost no sense, if the rumors of the Broncos looking at other quarterback options are true, is the fact that the organization is willing to part with Lock so easily but was willing to keep the coaching staff intact.
There’s no doubt that Lock has struggled at times and made costly mistakes on the field, but the coaching staff has been decidedly worse. Both Vic Fangio and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur have left much to be desired, but they were retained following another losing season in Denver.
I would have had no qualms with both of them being ousted, but the team likely doesn’t want a constant revolving door at head coach, which is understandable. The same should be said for the quarterback position.
Lock has played in 16 games as a pro. That’s it. He has played in many of those games without his No.1 wide receiver and an assortment of other injuries. There are many more holes on the team than just the quarterback position.
What has all of this talk done to Lock? Will it make him mentally stronger or weaker?
Would it be fun to get Watson? Would it send a buzz around the league? Sure, but he hasn’t won anything in his career either.
It would be one thing if the Broncos were a team mentioned in connection with Watson alone. But the team has been connected to rumors surrounding every available quarterback, sending the sign that they are willing to replace Lock at any cost.
But the team didn’t even consider replacing the coaches?
This coaching staff and Lock should have to sink or swim together. The 2021 season will decide that. If the coaches were retained, Lock should be kept around too because as much as fans want to blame Lock for the team’s poor record this past season, it goes way beyond that.
There will be quarterback options in 2022 if Lock fails and proves to be the real problem. Those options won’t cost an arm, a leg and a chunk of the future.