In the hearts and minds of most local and national media outlets, Drew Lock has been tossed onto the sidewalk like yesterday’s trash. After failing to fully capitalize on the fleeting opportunity he was given to be The Guy in 2020, Lock has become worse than an afterthought, as the Denver Broncos have publicly chased almost every veteran quarterback, even tangentially available. in the NFL market.
The national perspective antipathy to Lock has been an issue long before the Broncos picked him in the second round two years ago. But as some kind of hating virus, Lock’s taunt has now spread locally and it seems like everyone in the Denver media (almost) has a bad case of ‘Lock sucks.’
The only voice in the national media that went against that grain was FOX Sports syndicated radio host Colin Cowherd. But that changed in a big, bad way last fall when Lock suffered a pitching shoulder injury that caused him to miss 2.5 games.
Cowherd has now fully taken up the banner of all Lock-haters in the media and the latest shock-jock tirade took it to another level.
“It is not, as the children say” Cowherd said Wednesday. “Too casual. He just doesn’t play urgently enough. He played AAU basketball, a little too cool for the room and that’s right, cool guys don’t win this league. [Mayfield] try to be too cool. Johnny Manziel tried to be too cool. Cam Newton was sometimes more concerned with being cool. Don’t be cool, be urgent. Be a fool. Since all plays matter, Drew Lock doesn’t play with that kind of urgency. He lets go of too many balls that you wouldn’t throw in high school. Just not good enough pitches so you’re good to go. But now it’s official. Denver is looking for a quarterback now. “
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Cowherd has been paralyzed by Lock’s “coldness” for months. The FOX Sports artist went from defending Lock’s arrogance and ‘it’ factor that grew out of the caller’s rookie campaign, and predicting him as the NFL’s next “pop” quarterback, to criticizing his confidence and machismo.
In the wake of Michael Lombardi’s report (which was refuted by every Denver whistleblower with a phone) that the Broncos almost made a highly successful QB trade last week, and that general manager George Paton and the top brass The team have completely walked away from Lock as the starting candidate. By 2021, Cowherd has doubled down on his disrespect for the former Missouri star. Cowherd believes that Lock is finished, finished, broken and that the Broncos or any other NFL team will give him a second chance.
“What’s really happening in the NFL right now, it used to be when you were a quarterback, you came into the league and you had a chance. Drew Brees was the exception. If you got injured or didn’t work, it was Done,” Cowherd said. “It’s all done. Now you have a second chance. Carson Wentz is going to get one. Sam Darnold is going to get one. I think Jameis Winston is going to get one. Cam Newton has one. Marcus Mariota, I think, is going to get one. Ryan Tannehill got one. So why is that happening now? Why do quarterbacks get a second chance? “
I don’t know, Colin. Tell us why quarterbacks have a second chance now, ignoring former second swing heroes like Rich Gannon, Jake Plummer and Kurt Warner.
“There are two things. A.) It’s just a more transactional league. There are more trades made all the time and the quarterbacks, like everyone else, can move,” Cowherd said. “The number 2 is, [it’s a] bigger business than ever, more money than ever. General managers and coaches are less patient. So they’re just going to walk away from you, it doesn’t mean the league is going to walk away from you. It means your team is more willing to get away from you. “
While I agree that NFL teams today are much less inclined to suffer a great deal for a highly drafted quarterback to turn the corner, there are many examples of teams that weather the storm and hold on to a highly recruited player. recruited through the term of his rookie contract. If you don’t know by when a quarterback fulfills his four- or five-year rookie contract, then that’s an answer in itself. That, I’ll admit.
But Lock is just entering Year 3 and with 13 of his 18 starts in a pandemic-influenced season that saw his OTAs and preseason disappear as a new offensive coordinator took over, there were too many mitigating factors for me to feel safe. in some. Lock assessment based solely on 2020 (good or bad). Add in the spate of injuries, including to his No. 1 receiver Courtland Sutton and Lock himself, and I don’t think there’s enough to say emphatically that Lock can’t be The Guy.
On the other hand, I am not naive. Lock has not proven that he is The Guy, hence the dilemma Paton finds himself in as a GM for the first time. But remember, it’s not that Lock didn’t show any promise. He has two decisive games of prolific production on his résumé, and while it didn’t translate into team wins the way it did in his rookie year, Lock improved down the stretch by leaps and bounds in 2020. From week 11 onwards.
Cowherd doesn’t want to hear it.
“And, with this influx of great young college quarterbacks ready to play, teams are rolling more dice. Joe Burrow came in with a bad O line and a bad team and we knew in the second week at halftime, [the] can play, “said Cowherd.” Drew Lock, [I] he thought it was interesting for about five, six or seven starts. Now we have 18 [starts], [the] the guy can’t play in this league. You will not have a second shot. There is an old rule in the NFL, I’ve said it several times, you can’t have the fourth best quarterback in the division. If you do, you should stay away from them. So in the AFC West, [Patrick] Mahomes is number 1, [Justin] Herbert is number 2, [Derek] Carr is number 3. Drew Lock is not number 4. Marcus Mariota, Carr’s backup, is better than Drew Lock, making Drew Lock the fifth-best quarterback in his division. It doesn’t work that way. You have to get away from him. Nothing against the guy but 18 starts, he’s too casual, too many picks, he’s just not buttoned. You have to get away from him. ”
Listen, it’s Cowherd’s job to have bold and controversial opinions. But something tells me that his disdain for Lock has more to do with the radio personality’s bold ‘pop’ prediction not coming true than anything the quarterback did.
Chances are, unless Paton is able to move mountains and get Deshaun Watson out of Houston’s hands, or get Russell Wilson out of Seattle, Lock will get third year in Denver anyway. If that’s how it plays out, you’d expect the reports that Lock attacked the 2021 offseason and lived at Broncos headquarters will pay dividends and come out in the wash for the team next fall.
The Broncos have invested time and resources in Lock. The team has roamed the QB wilderness with Lock, absorbing jabs and punches from his NFL learning curve along the way. Abandoning that investment now, when the Broncos might be about to reap the benefits, would be the epitome of insanity in the humble estimate of this NFL writer.
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