Denver Broncos: It’s time to announce a starting quarterback
The Denver Broncos have had an open competition all summer and after two preseason games, not much has been solved in terms of finding a starter.
The good news is both Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater have looked great when given the opportunity, even if it has come against backups in the preseason. Vic Fangio and his staff have some good choices, but it’s time to make a decision.
Does Fangio want the team led by the experienced veteran Teddy Bridgewater, who is probably going to manage the game and make timely plays when the team needs one? Or will he decide to go with the guy the team used a high draft pick on who can make something happen off script and who has the much higher ceiling?
It has been my position all offseason that Lock should be the starter. There has been nothing that has transpired to sway that opinion.
Yes, Bridgewater has looked good and he seems comfortable running the offense. He would be a good option to turn to if things start to go awry.
And that is how it should be. It makes much more sense to turn to the veteran if Lock struggles than to start with Bridgewater only to go back to Lock later in the year. Besides, Lock has shown improvement. He looks much more confident on the field and is showing more awareness in protecting the football to cut down on turnovers.
If Bridgewater is the choice, that is fine. But based on what we have seen, Lock has not done anything to lose the job. He looks improved from last season and as an organization, isn’t that what you asked him to do?
Bridgewater was brought in to push Lock and be ready to go if things did not go well. This idea of alternating starts at quarterback is a little ridiculous and now, only one preseason game remains.
It’s time to announce a starting QB
It would make sense for Fangio to declare a starter now and have the team go into the final preseason game with that mindset in place. Unless of course, he has made that announcement and just hasn’t made it public.
By this point, Fangio knows who he wants as his starter. That should be determined by this point. To go into next Saturday’s game with this idea that the competition is still a coin toss is not a good one, especially if the Los Angeles Rams decide to sit their starters like the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks have done.
Whether it’s Lock or Bridgewater, make that decision and give that guy all of the first-team reps so that he can be completely prepared for the season opener in New York.