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What happened on Sunday was unacceptable.
The NFL is a results-based league, and the results are in for the 2020 Broncos. They’re not good. They’re awful. Downright putrid. An unwatchable embarrassment to the storied legacy of the Denver Broncos.
We can fault the offensive line or Pat Shurmur. Both deserve their fair share of blame for that disgusting performance on Sunday, but let’s just stick to the stark reality that faces Drew Lock. He needs to win some games to keep Denver out of striking distance for drafting a new quarterback next year.
As the season slips away, the Denver Broncos will publicly stand by Lock. They’ll afford him all the time and patience he needs, while he works through whatever that was on Sunday against the Raiders. However, don’t delude yourself into thinking that Denver won’t hesitate to replace him if given the chance in next year’s draft.
If he wants to stay the starting quarterback in Denver, Drew Lock needs to start playing like it. The Buzz Lightyear gunslinger fans saw at the conclusion of 2019 has regressed into a turnover machine that can only move the sticks when the game is already over. Something needs to change if this is going to work. I hope Drew figures it out. If not, his play will ultimately be what’s leads to his ouster… and for good reason.