From the moment the Denver Broncos drafted Drew Lock in the second round of this year’s NFL Draft, the speculation on when, or if, he might overtake Joe Flacco for the starting quarterback commenced.
However, since the jump, general manager John Elway and the Broncos brass have emphasized that Flacco will be the starter in 2019 and Lock’s role is to learn from the former Super Bowl MVP.
“When we look at it, we’re hoping Drew is the future. But Joe is the starter, is going to be the starter, and he’s going to battle,” Elway said during the draft. “We tend to look at it as the Brett Favre-Aaron Rodgers type situation. He’s going to have time to sit and watch Joe and take his time and learn and continue to get better.”
Whether Lock will be ready and able to take over for Flacco should something happen, however, is another question.
On Friday, “The Drive” co-host DMac said that should a situation where Flacco has a minor injury in a tight game, veteran backup Kevin Hogan might be the better option over Lock.
“In my mind, there’s no doubt, in that specific scenario, Kevin Hogan’s going to give you a better chance to win that night,” DMac said. “That’s not even fair to Drew Lock to think that he would be better prepared in that specific situation. It’s silly.”
With that potential scenario in mind, DMac’s co-host, Tom Nalen, said, “The safest thing for them to do would be to keep three quarterbacks and see how Drew Lock continues his progression for the first quarter of the season.”
But that plan could potentially create a “nightmare scenario,” said DMac, wherein Flacco cannot play and Lock is unable to fill his shoes.
“The nightmare scenario is Drew Lock is so incompetent that they’re that desperate, I guess it’d be Kevin Hogan,” DMac said. “I mean, it would be a nightmare.”