Upgrade your QB Room
Last, but certainly not least, is upgrading the depth of the QBs. Boy, where do we begin on this one?
Well, that’s simple to answer. Russell Wilson has been a gigantic disappointment. I don’t need to write out ANY of his stats in order for you to understand how poor he’s been this season. We’ve all seen the games.
Why is it that when we spend years looking for “value” at the position, we never get a good return but the year we FINALLY invest in someone long term, it’s a renaissance for journeyman?
Guys like Geno Smith, Marcus Mariota, Taylor Heinicke, and even Mike White have shown the league that it’s wise to give 2nd (or 7th) chances to once-promising QB prospects. Fit is everything and as we’ve seen with Wilson this year, we don’t have the right mix to make it work.
The idea of Wilson being installed in Denver to spark the offense has fallen apart at the seams. The most unfortunate part of it all is despite the poor play, his mega extension signed earlier in the year precludes us from moving on from him (for now).
So what do the Broncos do about the position? It’s simple. You need to find another passer with tangible, long-term upside. Brett Rypien and Josh Johnson aren’t the answers. That much is abundantly clear.
Rypien’s at a point where he needs to follow in his fellow Boise St. alum’s footsteps and get into coaching (seems to be working out for Kellen Moore). As for Johnson, let’s be honest, he’s only here because of his ties to Hackett/Evero. That invitation isn’t likely to be extended by another coaching staff. What about other veterans, though?
Well, there are a few options to consider. Allow me to list a handful of guys that would fit under this context.
- Sam Darnold
- Baker Mayfield
- Taylor Heinicke
- Cooper Rush
- Gardner Minshew
In addition to that group, you also have guys like Mike White, Jacoby Brissett, Mason Rudolph, and Kyle Allen that can be adequate backups/spot starters. There are varying degrees of talent amongst that group but there may be one stumbling block to addressing backup QB this way.