Denver Broncos: Why Vic Fangio screwed up the QB decision, big time

Denver Broncos quarterbacks Drew Lock, Teddy Bridgewater. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
Denver Broncos quarterbacks Drew Lock, Teddy Bridgewater. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /

Head coach Vic Fangio has announced that Theodore Edmond Bridgewater, Jr. is the starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos.  That’s the wrong decision.

I love Vic Fangio.  In fact, I think he’s the best defensive mind the NFL has seen over the last generation.

Teams have begun to ‘copy’ his defensive schemes, and he’s been in the league for decades.  Fangio’s football IQ shouldn’t be questioned.

Well, today, I’m questioning it!

His decision to announce Teddy Bridgewater as the starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos is flat out wrong, and frankly, may set this team back another three years.

Both Lock and Bridgewater had solid offseasons.  Lock made improvements where he should, and, in my opinion, has had a slightly better offseason than Teddy.

Not only that, Vic Fangio literally said, “I don’t have any doubt Drew is going to be a quality starting quarterback in this league.”

Lock has improved in many areas he was poor in last season, and many would ask, what else would Drew Lock have had to do to earn the starting position?

He’s had the best overall performance, which was against the Minnesota Vikings, and he limited his ‘low-floor’ type plays.

In fact, the worst day either QB had this offseason was produced by Teddy Bridgewater.

Vic Fangio’s decision was the wrong one to make.  You have now effectively said the franchise is done with Drew Lock after just 18 games.

Many quarterbacks don’t reach their full potential until their third or even fourth seasons, so the idea that the franchise has quit on Drew after 18 games is baffling.

I guess the idea behind Fangio’s decision is that Teddy is going to limit some of the mistakes Drew Lock made last year.  Fangio probably views Teddy as the safer pick, rather than the better player.

Lock is the better quarterback, and I think he’s proven that this offseason.

However, it appears that Fangio doesn’t want to take the chance of Lock not improving from his 2020 season, but, if he does, his ceiling is significantly higher than Teddy’s.

Quite literally every other team that has ever drafted a quarterback and started them during their development stages has taken a chance the Denver Broncos are unwilling to take.

And this could set the team back a few years.

I get that Fangio and his coaching staff are trying to save their jobs, but let’s be real — Drew Lock is a much better quarterback than he was last season, and it’s a shame that he probably won’t get the chance to show what he’s improved on.