Is it time to throw in the towel on Drew Lock?

I don’t like the pattern that Lock has shown over the last two games. But those two games aren’t going to be his entire career.

Dec 22, 2019; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (3) reacts after a game against the Detroit Lions at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

It might be time to take the rose colored glasses off and look at Drew Lock in the sunlight. Or in this case the snow. Let’s be honest with ourselves Broncos fans. That was an abysmal game from Drew Lock against the Chiefs. Drew lock just does not play well in the snow. Not something you want to see from the starting quarterback of a team that plays in an outdoor stadium in Colorado, just saying. Lock just looked lost against the Chiefs. It sucked to watch, and it sucked emotionally. Because I want him to be the guy for the Broncos so bad. He just wasn’t against the Chiefs.

At least in the Patriots game you could point out a few drops from receivers that absolutely tanked Lock’s performance. If you watched Drew Lock play against the Patriots you could say with confidence that Lock played better than his stats showed. Cause his stats were BAD. Only completing 10 of 24 passes with 2 interceptions is not good. It is a bad stat line. Although, he did notch a tally in the only stat column that really matters. The win column.

It’s really easy to dismiss a bad stat line from the starting quarterback if the team wins the game. Add in all the drops from receivers and it’s really easy to say Lock played well enough. Without all of those drops Drew Lock would have had 2 touchdowns and likely wouldn’t have been throwing late in the game trying to ice it against the Patriots. Without the drops he would have had an awesome stat line instead of the bad one he did. Not how the cards played out though. The Broncos receivers dropped the ball multiple times and Drew Lock played well enough to win. Thing is, well enough isn’t going to work against great teams.

Drew Lock just did not look good against the Chiefs. He didn’t look good against the Titans either. In fact I’d say he looked lost against the Chiefs. Lock left the pocket early consistently. Rather than step forward in to a clean pocket to throw Lock chose to run away. Half the time into pressure. Lock only got sacked three times. Which isn’t that bad. Except he didn’t look great when he did step up in the pocket.

When Lock did stand in the pocket to throw he did not look like a second year quarterback. He looked like a rookie. The pick six that Lock threw was a rookie mistake. Which he still kind of is, he’s only started 8 games. Half a season. Nine games if you want to get technical, but he only threw 5 passes before getting injured against the Steelers. Well, Lock looked like a rookie against the Chiefs. Under throwing a five yard out route is a disaster waiting to happen. Way too easy for a corner to undercut that throw and take it to the house for six points. Which, you know, happened.

Lock did get smoked by a free blitzer on the pick six. But if he sees that blitz coming at all he has got to throw the ball away and live to see another play. Or better yet, audible to pick up the blitz and successfully run a play. Although Lock does have a better excuse for the second interception. Lock’s second pick wasn’t his fault. Not entirely. No it wasn’t a perfectly thrown ball, but it sure was catchable. KJ Hammler mishandled the pass and it landed right in Tyron Mathew’s hands. Not entirely on Lock. He definitely could have led Hammler a bit better and make that an easier catch. Instead Lock under threw the pass and it led to an interception. Under throwing a slant route is a disaster waiting to happen.

Yeah I don’t like the pattern that Lock has shown over the last two games. Lock did not look good against the Chiefs or the Patriots. At least the Broncos were able to pull a victory against the Patriots. The Broncos were absolutely smoked by the Chiefs. The only side of the ball that played well was the defense. The Chiefs offense didn’t do anything too crazy. The pick six and the kickoff return touchdown is what killed the Broncos. That and Drew Lock and the Broncos being unable to string a drive together. Drew Lock and the offense could only muster two touchdowns. That is not enough to beat the Chiefs.

Like I said earlier, Drew Lock has only started and finished 8 games. He might as well still be a rookie. I’m not trying to make excuses for the guy. Especially when there are actual rookies this year playing better than Lock. This years rookies didn’t even have a full training camp and they are playing better than Lock. It sucks to watch, but give Lock a bit more time to get his feet wet and learn the game. It’s too early to write Lock off after only playing 8 games. Lock has shown flashes of brilliance in those 8 games. With some grooming he could be something special. Josh Allen didn’t look great in his first or second year, now in his third year he’s in early talks for MVP.

Lock hasn’t looked great this year. But it’s still early. He’s only played and finished three games this season. There’s still a lot of football left this year. Lock still has time to prove he’s the guy. I want Lock to be the guy so bad. Sure it hasn’t started great, but Peyton Manning didn’t have a good first 16 games either. At least give Lock 16 games before you decide if he’s the franchise quarterback or not. If the Colts had given up on Manning then they never would have had one of the best players of all time on their team. Plus the Broncos wouldn’t have had the chance to bring the Sheriff to town. I’m not saying that Drew Lock is going to be Peyton Manning. All I’m going to say is it’s way too early to throw in the towel on Drew Lock.

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