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Broncos tap Bridgewater over Drew Lock for Week 1 start

Teddy Bridgewater will be the starter in Denver, which means Drew Lock's mom is expected to tune in soon.

Teddy Bridgewater will be the starter in Denver, which means Drew Lock’s mom is expected to tune in soon.
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Before the 2021 preseason, the Denver Broncos were caught in quarterback limbo again, faced with the question of who will be their starter in the New York Giants’ first week. While some fans are eager to bring Drew Lock out onto the field in Week 1, a former Broncos player disagrees with them.

At This plush bridge is former Denver linebacker Brandon Marshall. Marshall recently got stuck in that debate with fans on Twitter, explaining why the Broncos need to worry about winning now instead of clinging to what management is hoping Lock will someday be..

Marshall goes so far as to compare Bridgewater and Baker Mayfield. In short, Marshall believes that all other things being equal, Bridgewater is a better QB than Mayfield. It might be a bit of a stretch at this point. But I would have taken Bridgewater on Mayfield before he suffered that horrific knee injury five years ago.

Broncos head coach Vic Fangio had to make the right decision before the regular season. We now know of this decision. Fangio’s coaching fate rest now firmly on Bridgewater’s shoulders.

The Broncos finished with a loss record in Fangio’s first two seasons in Denver. There may not be a fourth year if the team can’t show an improvement over last season’s 5-11 record. It was worse than his first year, when the Broncos finished 7-9.

Fangio has just taken a leap of faith and bet his future on Bridgewater. Teddy is more than capable of leading a team and making informed decisions at QB. While no one will put Bridgewater in the elite NFL QB class, he’s a solid starter who can produce field wins with the right amount of talent around him.

By choosing Bridgewater, the Broncos may have admitted to missing out on Lock. Although the names are similar, The lock is not Andrew Luck. Now the Broncos can only hope he’s mentally prepared if they need him to take pictures at some point in the season.

The Broncos play in a division where the top spot seems to be already occupied for the next decade by the Kansas City Chiefs. For now, the Broncos are playing for second place and, at best, a wildcard spot in the playoffs. I hate to say it, but I feel like that same scenario will play out in Denver every preseason for the foreseeable future.

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