The Denver Broncos finally named the team’s 2021, Week 1 starting quarterback earlier this week, after a lengthy battle this summer. Veteran Teddy Bridgewater eked out the win to land the top gig, while Drew Lock will serve as his back-up.
For the first-time since the starting job was settled, the 24-year-old spoke about the decision.
Lock, who served as the Broncos QB 1 for the bulk of the 2020 season, sounded disappointed that he’d lost the the battle to Bridgewater when addressing the media on Wednesday. He said that he was humbled by the outcome of an extremely close competition.
Despite his disappointment, Lock shared that he plans to work alongside Bridgewater to make the Broncos better, while continuing to work on improving his own game.
“One, obviously, you know it’s disappointing,” Lock said of the competition’s outcome, via the Broncos. “I feel like at the time I was playing some of the best football, I’ve played since I’ve been in the league. I was more confident than I’ve ever been… This is such a special team and I was hoping to, and looking forward to being able to lead this team. But, no finger-pointing, no negativity. It’s going to be about me finding ways to still make this team great. Whether that’s in practice, working with Teddy, trying to find ways for him to get better. Whatever he needs me to do, that’s pretty much my goal.
“It was disappointing, but I’m gonna do everything I can for this team, for Teddy and keep the momentum going forward as far as my play goes.”
Drew Lock says he’s humbled by losing the QB battle but will do anything to help Teddy succeed.
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) August 26, 2021
“It was disappointing, but I’m going to do everything I can for this team, for Teddy and keep the momentum going forward as far as my play goes.”
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) August 26, 2021
Head coach Vic Fangio claimed that the competition was neck-and-neck for the last few weeks and was still undecided after Denver’s second preseason game this past weekend. However, Bridgewater must’ve narrowly moved ahead in the eyes of the Broncos coaching staff.
All of the reports that came out Denver throughout the competition revealed that Lock and Bridgewater took a collaborative approach to the battle, often working together to improve each of their individual games. That should make for a fairly easy transition to their new roles with the regular season just over two weeks away.
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