Broncos has to ask some serious questions about Drew Lock’s long-term potential.
It was a dream scenario for Drew Locke. It has turned into a nightmare for the Denver Broncos.
On prime-time Sunday night under the bright lights at Arrowhead Stadium, Brokers Drew Locke had the opportunity to drive the length of the field to banish the Kansas City Chiefs, the defender of the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, Lock failed to move the chains at all in the final round of a back and forth game that could easily have gone either way – from a full blast of the Chiefs to a surprising victory for Broncos. In the end, the Chiefs won 22-16.
Lock began the final drive at the 25-yard streak after Chiefs kicker Harrison Potker Kick the ball to the opponent’s end zone. The midfielder in Year Two had no time left but only had a minute left. It turns out he won’t be born one first. In fact, Bronco moved the ball five yards in four plays. From a smash in the melee streak at the start all the way down to a fourth turn down – his second interception of the match, to the Safety Chiefs Tyrant MatteoMotivation ended before any real drama could develop.
Just like that, Luke’s “dream scenario” is over.
While the Broncos didn’t have much to play in Week 13, they had the potential to spoil the Presidents’ impressive march towards another post-season race. For KC, the supplement rating was playing a big part in a rare first run. Every player should have had motivation, but unfortunately, they couldn’t make it work.
But for Lock, that was something really special. He grew up watching The Chiefs as a citizen of Lee’s Summit. He starred in Mizzou for his college career. This is his home. It’s a well-known number here. Undoubtedly, quite a few family members and friends were all in the stands, even with the COVID protocols in place, cheering him on hoping to have a moment like this.
Additionally, this was also an opportunity for Lock to help change the narrative about the Broncos franchise who had just mocked the field last week over the QB disaster that left every potential option under position unable to play due to the quarantine. It was a prime-time prime-time match against his division rival, the one who dominated the Broncos until he scored 11 straight wins – yes, 11 straight wins.
It would have been exciting (and hearty for Denver) if Locke could at least move the chains. A quick hit Jerry Judy or Noah’s imagination. First down Melvin Gordon Or KJ Hamler. Instead, there was a single short lane connected to my jodi for five yards and that was it. For such an exciting setup, there was not enough movement for the local audience to generate an elevated pulse.
All of this is extremely disturbing for Broncos, even if no one admits it in public. Last season, Broncos saw enough at Lock to go ahead with him as the de facto initiator without any real competition. This was Locke’s crime, and they moved Heaven and Earth to equip their attack with highly skilled players to grow with him. They invested first round selection into Jeudy and then chose Hamler in the next round. They added a narrow end Albert Okwigpunam (Luke’s former teammate of Tiger Team) is fourth.
It’s absolutely true that the Broncos have been insulted by more injuries than most teams this season and it has been the same throughout the year. From Miller And the Cortland Sutton Both lost throughout the entire season, which cost them their best players on either side of the ball before the start of the year. This is something to sneeze at. However, every team deals with injuries and the Bronco has plenty of playmakers left.
Luke has been among the many injured players this year for the Bronco, so it’s pretty clear that he’s going to get a free pass this season when he says and does it all. Most Denver fans remain optimistic about the upcoming season and there is an abundance of exciting talent in the headliners. But the most important is the man who leads the crime, and John Elway He has struggled to fill this role so far. Locke looked like he might be the answer in a few games last year – despite his breakdown against the Presidents – but this year is not so good.
For this year, Lock threw 9 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He hit the game completing only 55 percent of his passing attempts, and he finished that game with 15 times on 28 throws at just 151 yards. His midfield rating was poor at 67.5 on Sunday night which is somewhat higher than his pass rating of 63.3 during the match.
Here is the real problem. The Broncos will say all the right things about their confidence in Locke, and fans will be looking at the pile of injuries and throwing the 2020 season aside. But if lok turns out Not Being the man – and there’s more evidence of this side of the scales so far – we’ll look back on this particular night, when midfielder Broncos withered under the bright lights at prime times as we were supposed to witness it.
Instead, Bronco Lock is likely to grant a free pass for the entire season which means next year will offer more “is it or not?” Questions for 16 more games. In the end, Bronco fans are unlikely to see their real long-term answer at the hottest position in the game for at least the next few years.