With Broncos starting QB Drew Lock still out for another two to four more weeks with a shoulder injury, the Broncos are once again put in a situation where they must play a well below NFL average passer at quarterback. These players really haven’t been asked to do much but just be a bandaid and help the team win in the short term.
Last season we saw Joe Flaccos and Brandon Allen, the year before that it was Case Keenum, prior to that it was Trevor Semien, Brock Osweiler, and the ultimate bust, Paxton Lynch. I’m sure you get the point by now.
But once again, here we are.
For the last two weeks sans Drew Lock, the Broncos have played veteran Jeff Driskel to be their bandaid. He quite surprisingly had a solid game in week 2 vs Pittsburgh but in week 3 against Tampa Bay, he came back down to earth and showed us who he really is – a quarterback with a good arm but has a complete inability to read defenses and avoid taking on sacks.
Those issues are inexcusable and can not be ignored when the team is already dealing with poor offensive line play and young, inexperienced receivers. Because of this, Driskel did not play well vs the Buccaneers and was ultimately benched in favor of second-year QB out of Boise State, Brett Rypien.
The Broncos currently have 3 options at the QB position to be their “Drew Lock Bandaid” for the primetime Thursday Night Football matchup: Jeff Driskel, Brett Rypien, and the recently signed veteran Blake Bortles.
In today’s press conference, Vic Fangio ruled Bortles out as a potential starter this week saying that it would be “unfair” to put him to lead the football team that he’s only been on for less than a week now. That means he’s only had just a couple practices with the team and just recently started learning the playbook. I think this is the right decision as I believe Bortles would end up playing a lot worse than he actually is which would not only hurt is own reputation even further but also likely put the team in a situation where they would lose the game, even against a very bad Jets team led by an even worse head coach, Adam Gase.
So that leaves the decision to Driskel or Rypien. Vic Fangio said today that the team currently has not made up its mind on who the starter will be but they will announce who it in the coming days.
If I could have it my way, I personally would start Brett Rypien. Like I said earlier, we know who Driskel is and with his style of play, he is not going to win the broncos football games right now.
With starting Brett Rypien, the Broncos would get a QB who is intelligent and a quick decision-maker, something the Broncos drastically need with how bad their offensive line has been, particularly RT Elijah Wilkinson. However, the things that the team would have to worry about regarding Rypien is that he lacks the arm strength/talent to make difficult throws in tight spaces and lacks experience as he had never played NFL snaps until the 4th quarter of the Bucs game. He’s simply one of those guys that won’t do anything to win you games but won’t lose them for you either, very similar to former Bronco quarterback Case Keenum.
But as of now, all we can do is wait and see.
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