If there’s any drawback to the Broncos being one of the winningest franchises in NFL history, it’s that the success has created a fanbase with a quarterback loyalty best defined as: What did you do for me last Sunday?
In the case of Drew Lock, who exited Week 2’s loss to the Steelers with a shoulder injury and will be out multiple weeks, there’s already a contingent of Broncos fans forming on social media who want the team to “tank for Trevor.”
Just weeks after the hype around Lock had the majority of fans believing Denver was playoff-caliber entering 2020, some of Broncos Country is already pushing for Lock’s replacement. If the Broncos simply mail it in the last 14 games to order to finish with the NFL’s worst record, the pro-tanking contingent argues, they’ll have the No. 1 overall pick to spend on all-world Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence in April 2021.
But there’s a couple different problems with this logic, starting with the fact that the Broncos — even with Lock sidelined for the immediate future, Courtland Sutton done for the year and Von Miller out indefinitely — simply aren’t bad enough to finish with the worst record in football, even if Lock does miss five games. The two 0-2 New York teams are significantly worse overall, as are the Dolphins, Lions and Bengals, among other NFL bottom-feeders.
Secondly: How, in the span of five quarters, did some fans go from believing Lock was the team’s quarterback of the future to being ready to discard him?
Yes, Lawrence is about as sure of a thing as NFL quarterback prospects get. Yes, four seasons and counting without a playoff appearance can make even the most loyal fans impatient. And yes, the Broncos face a steep road to get back into playoff contention following the 0-2 start, especially considering their multitude of injuries as well as a stiffened scheduled beginning Sunday with Tom Brady and Tampa Bay.
But pulling for a pile of defeats while counting out a promising second-year QB two losses into his first season as a starter is the wrong approach for Broncos “fans” to take.
— Kyle Newman, The Denver Post
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