Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has taken over the Broncos and Drew Lock won’t be getting his squad back anytime soon
This is the Teddy Bridgewater team. He took possession of the Broncos. And Drew Lock won’t be getting them back anytime soon. Not this year. Maybe never.
While Bridgewater produced some magic on the pitch in their Denver debut, the most important moment of the team’s season opener, the 27-13 victory over the New York Giants could have come about. on the sidelines, when outside linebacker Von Miller congratulated Teddy B on a job well done and said, “I haven’t felt that in a while, been here for 18 years, man.”
For more than five years, Miller and everyone in the Broncos Country have been eagerly awaiting a worthy heir to Peyton Manning, who last wore number 18 for Denver when the team won Super Bowl 50.
“I told Teddy the truth. He definitely has that vibe in him that guys want to play for, ”said Miller, when asked about his conversation with Bridgewater. “Guys believe in Teddy. He’s a veteran in this league. He is seated behind Drew Brees (in New Orleans). He was on track to win the MVP title with the Minnesota Vikings, so he knows how to do it. He behaves in a way that people want to play for him, and people believe in him.
Get a glowing endorsement from the Vonster and you’re golden in the Denver locker room. Despite coach Vic Fangio’s claims that the offseason competition between Bridgewater and Lock was a 50-50 proposition, it seems more evident every day that there was perhaps never really any doubt about the quarterback. -back who would be the starter.
The truth often trickles down, until the floodgates open in a moment of Miller’s frankness. Vonster insisted his congratulations on Bridgewater were meant to be private, despite Miller agreeing to equip himself with a microphone for the road game against the Giants.
“I kind of forgot I was at the microphone. I don’t like to put stuff in there. It was a moment for me and Teddy, but it’s over there, ”said Miller, who didn’t want to disrespect Lock.
From the jump, conventional wisdom presented Bridgewater as the safest and wisest choice to open the season as a starter, with the Broncos facing three bad teams (the Giants, Jacksonville and the Jets) who would trot three QBs. unproven NFL’s (Daniel Jones, Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson) in September.
But barring an injury at Bridgewater, it’s hard to imagine him ceding the starting post to Lock at any point during this season, especially after demonstrating against the Giants that he can be more than a solid. game manager.
Consider Miller officially wowed with Bridgewater’s 4-yard touchdown pass to tight end Albert Okwuegbunam who gave the Broncos a 17-7 lead in the third quarter.
“It was a fourth down in the game where he stuttered and stiffened a cocked guy a bit and threw him at ‘Albert O.’ “It’s just from the heart. No one can write it. No coach on our coaching staff or the NFL can teach you how to do that,” Miller said.
“Teddy had to fight to come out and win for the football team. Some of the things he says and some of the things he says to everyone before games…. Me personally, I just believe it, and I’m a hard guy to believe everything everyone else says. You can definitely feel it with Teddy. I said to Teddy, I think it was towards the end of the game. I saw him, and I just told him that I firmly believe in giving people flowers while they’re still around Teddy, he really deserves love, for sure.
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After Bridgewater was named the starter, I thought the debate was far from over and not only did I anticipate a QB controversy at the first sign of trouble, but I also expected Lock to have the chance to ” being the main man in the Denver squad for at least half a dozen games this season.
But I’m not afraid to admit I’m wrong. The Broncos are the Bridgewater team.
If the Vonster has made a commitment to ride with Teddy B, it will be extremely difficult for Fangio to take the job away from him.