Because Gardner Minshew dealt with similar issues except for the injury of the WR1 and was objectively better. I know that might come across as glib, but you have other young quarterbacks such as Minshew and Justin Herbert who had a raft of challenges that came from the pandemic year and they fared significantly better. If Lock had displayed better 2020 form — say, below-average across the board, but not bottom-five (or at the NFL’s bottom in terms of adjusted completion percentage), the discussion would be different, especially since a level jump would make him into someone who could be worth a second contract. Lock could significantly improve and still be a below-average starter … which, if I were to bet on an outcome, would be where I put my chips. That means the debate continues to go around in circles for another year or two.