A “winning football player” doesn’t do this:
You’re the quarterback. You’re the leader of the team. Everyone on the team looks for you to set the example.
This ain’t it.
With just one play, Teddy Bridgewater told all of Broncos Country exactly who he is: Someone who’s #1 priority isn’t winning football games.
Plain and simple.
When Teddy committed this act of treason, it was at the most egregious of times. If he just falls down, Darius Slay gets tripped up and doesn’t make this an unreachable deficit. But apparently that’s Teddy’s first instinct….To give up.
That’s our quarterback.
The worst part?
It looked all too familiar…
At least our coaches will preach accountability. They’ll bench him because, as the leader of the team, that’s unacceptable. Teddy essentially just told the entire locker room that winning the game doesn’t really matter to him, as long as he walks away unscathed.
So this should be an easy decision for Vic Fangio to make. After all, he did tell us in preseason this quarterback competition was air tight.
Teddy ultimately beat out Drew Lock, but it was by the slimmest of margins. Remember what Coach Fangio said?
“There wasn’t a lot of separation,” Fangio told reporters on Wednesday afternoon. “Both guys had good camps. They both played well. Both had their down moments, both had their good moments. Thought it was good overall for both of them. We just made this decision, we think it’s best for the team right now moving forward. We have two good quarterbacks — two quarterbacks we can win with. Unfortunately, you can’t play with two.”
So switching over to Drew Lock should be seamless. He knows the system well, it was a close call between him and Teddy to begin with, and Teddy just quit on his team.
Pretty easy decision, right?
Are you kidding me Vic Fangio?!? You don’t even sit on this decision for more than a day?
So let me get this straight:
You have a film session with the entire team Monday morning, as NFL teams do, where everyone in that locker room sees Teddy Bridgewater give up on them, and you don’t at least wait to make this decision?
Where is the accountability!?!?
This definitively means one of two things:
1. Fangio was lying about how close the QB competition was.
This is the only scenario that would make it somewhat acceptable not to bench Teddy Bridgewater for Drew Lock going into the bye week. This would mean Teddy was miles ahead of Drew Lock and it became an easy decision early on. He didn’t want to make Lock look bad, so he made it seem closer than it actually was. If this is the case, multiple weeks were wasted in preseason splitting reps between two quarterbacks because Vic didn’t want to hurt Drew Lock’s feelings. This would mean Vic Fangio is a moron.
2. Vic Fangio is completely incompetent at making football decisions.
Fangio took less than 24 hours to decide that he’s risking his job, which is very much on the line, for Teddy Bridgewater.
Teddy, who scores 20 points a game, good for 23rd in the league.
Teddy, who has a 34.65% 3rd down conversion rate, good for 26th in the NFL.
And Teddy, who has the 4th worst redzone scoring percentage in the league.
The same Teddy who gave up on his team.
So if Vic Fangio isn’t benching THAT guy for Drew Lock? Who according to Vic was neck and neck with Teddy heading into the regular season…
Then that would ALSO mean Vic Fangio is a moron. One of these two things has to be true. There is literally no scenario where neither is true.
So what does this mean?
Vic Fangio is a moron.
So to recap: The Broncos have a loser at quarterback, and a moron as a head coach.
But it’s not all bad! We’re 5-5…Just one game out from 1st place in the AFC West! Unfortunately we can’t ignore the most important metric to judge a team by.
The Eye Test.
And what does the infamous eye test tell me?
The 2021 Denver Broncos stink.
They’re inconsistent, they’re uncreative, and they’re the most boring team to watch in the NFL.
I’m sitting here watching Monday Night Football between the Rams and the 49ers, and can only think about one thing: The Broncos look prehistoric in their scheme.
The Broncos offense looks decades behind the rest of the NFL, displaying zero creativity whatsoever. It feels like the Broncos strategically try to score no more than 20 points a game.
The worst .500 football team I’ve ever seen.