The Denver Broncos are one of several teams in need of a franchise quarterback.
The Broncos roster currently has four quarterbacks on it.
Aside from Bridgewater, 29, the other three are 25 years old and have limited experience or success.
With that being said, Lock was given another start, his first in 2021, on Sunday against the Las Vegas Raiders after Bridgewater’s horrific injury in Week 15.
Lock is in his third year with the Broncos and was 8-10 prior to Sunday’s start.
How It Went
Drew Lock is not the answer
Teddy Bridgewater is not the answer
Pat Shurmur is not the answer
Vic Fangio is not the answer #BroncosCountry can we all agree?
— Denver Broncos 365 (@DailyBroncos) December 27, 2021
The Raiders won the game so Lock went to 8-11 in career wins and losses.
His stats were very average.
He was 15 for 22 for 153 yards.
Lock did not have any touchdowns or interceptions, and he was sacked two times.
That is not the type of performance that will get it done against Derek Carr and the Raiders.
The final score was 17-13.
Lock Has Failed To Impress
The Drew Lock experience in one play. pic.twitter.com/Gd9v9XNn5o
— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) December 19, 2021
Rather than impress, Lock has regressed.
He started 13 games in 2020.
Lock threw 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
It feels like he is using up his final chances to be the Broncos starter at any point in the future.
Bridgewater suffered a shin injury and a concussion earlier this year so essentially this is Lock’s third chance to impress Vic Fangio.
After Lock relieved an injured Bridgewater in the Chargers game in late November, Fangio said:
“He’s gotta learn to do better at that and maybe some of that is we need to have a better list of what he feels comfortable operating, running and calling. Hopefully, he’s learned from these two times. Hopefully, there won’t be another time due to injury and he’ll do better next time.”
Fangio acknowledges that Lock had to transition from the starting role to being the backup this season, and that was not easy.
However, he still needs to perform at a high level when called upon.
Speculating About The Broncos 2022 QB
Interesting offseason proposal from Peter in here that I’m sure you guys will love.
Nathaniel Hackett, Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams stick together in 2022…with the Broncos. https://t.co/xaBppwLnAZ
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) December 27, 2021
Peter King of NBC Sports has an interesting theory about how Denver will handle their need for a quarterback in 2022.
Also in the mix would be Packers OC Nathaniel Hackett as the new head coach of the Broncos.
Adams is a free agent after the 2021 season, and there have been rumors all year that Rodgers will not be a Packer in 2022.
However, all of it seems speculative as the Packers are still competing and have a very good chance of securing the top seed in the NFC playoff picture.
Rodgers is definitely invested in the moment so his top priority is getting the Packers a Super Bowl championship.
If that happens, all bets are off that Rodgers or Adams would go anywhere.