In the Wake of Allen's Impotence, Broncos are Fresh out of Excuses on Starting Drew Lock

Erick Trickel

In the wake of their blowout loss to the Buffalo Bills, the Denver Broncos have no excuse left as to why Drew Lock shouldn’t be the starting quarterback next week. Lock has been back practicing for the last two weeks, and has looked like the best quarterback out there.

It's time to give the rookie the starting job and a full week to prepare as the starter.

Brandon Allen has been abysmal for the Broncos over the last six quarters of play, and there is no other way of putting it. He showed promise in Week 9 against the Cleveland Browns, where he completed 12-of-20 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns. 

However, two of those Week 9 completions were big plays made by the receivers, in Noah Fant and Courtland Sutton, that either bailed Allen out of a bad throw or made him look better than he is. 

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Against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 11, Allen posted a putrid 43.6 completion percentage, followed by 40% vs. the Bills. Those numbers are the worst for a Broncos quarterback since the Tim Tebow days.

Allen is not the answer, but Lock might be. There is no way of knowing for sure until the Broncos get Lock out there on the field. With Los Angeles Chargers coming to Denver next week, a defense with a lot of issues, it's the perfect time to make the change.

Lock can go out there and potentially gain confidence going forward by debuting against a team that won’t be overly-challenging, and do so at home before having to go on the road in consecutive weeks. There is nothing left to stop the Broncos from getting Lock out on the field so they can begin to get an evaluation on him.

Why it Matters in 2019

Getting answers on Lock is a must. The Broncos can’t afford to pass on a quarterback in the 2020 class, likely to hold another top-5 pick, by hoping that an unseen Lock is the team's future. The Broncos need answers on Lock and they can only get them by seeing him in action against NFL competition. 

And what better time to expose a young quarterback to NFL-level competition than in the back-end of a failed season in which the team is five games below .500? 

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Comments (7)
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Chad Jensen
Chad Jensen

Editor

It is time. Long since.

PositiveFreedom
PositiveFreedom

So tired of seeing a good D go to waste. So tired of projects. Get the guy. Either it is Lock or we draft one in 2020. If next year doesn't work, then trade everything for Trevor Lawrence. Stop messing around.... The Bills are better off now with Josh Allen, who isn't even that great - but at least he has an NFL arm and can run. Drew Lock has an NFL arm and can run. Brandon Allen doesn't have an NFL arm, neither did Case Keenum, and I love him, just can't be the guy.

smilinassassin
smilinassassin

On the road against a tough defense was always going to be a challenge. Throw in a stiff wind, and Allen never had a chance. He was never the answer, but boy did the football gods chortle driving that point home today.

Denverkewl
Denverkewl

It can't get any worse at QB can it? If we are gonna bomb the season then bomb knowing if we must draft a QB...at 5! Sheeesh 5! Hell, if they won't let the kid play then tell us we are draftin a QB until proven otherwise...and to all the guys in a contract year - nice knowin ya...Heck, Simmons may just wanna bail out too.

Erick   Trickel
Erick Trickel

Editor

You have a fair point with Allen in the game today....except he had a very slightly better game vs the Vikings. 43 completion percentage.

Colber77
Colber77

Well Johnny is out of excuses, Locks time is now, get him locked and loaded for Chargers ... if lock is our guy we can go along way of adding needed talent on this team, Cb, Ot,Wr,Og ,Lb, Maybe a decent punter and kicker too boot as long as they draft the way they have past couple years.


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