Drew Lock played five games in 2019, and threw for just over 1,000 yards, 7 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Plus, last year’s second round pick had a 64.1% completion percentage en route to a 4-1 record as Denver’s starter.
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This offseason the Broncos brought in former Giants head coach Pat Shurmur to Denver, as the team’s new offensive coordinator. During his tenure in the NFL, Shurmur has been an offensive coordinator and head coach in places like Cleveland, St Louis, Philadelphia, Minnesota, and obviously in New York.
If you look at the teams that Shurmur has been a part of, few have been highly successful. Yet as an offensive coordinator, there is nothing wrong with him. Wherever he’s coached, he’s always had a decent run game. Just look at the success that guys like LeSean McCoy, Dalvin Cook, and Saquon Barkley have had under Shurmur. This bodes well for the Broncos running backs next season, who are among the NFL’s best in Melvin Gordon and Philip Lindsay.
But more importantly, Shurmur has been able to get great quarterback play from young and average signal callers. Just look at a guy like Sam Bradford, who under Shurmur in St Louis, won offensive rookie of the year, but for almost the rest of his entire career was painfully mediocre. Yet Bradford isn’t the only example.
Shurmur turned Nick Foles into a Pro Bowl quarterback during Foles’ first stint in Philadelphia, and he made Case Keenum look elite during Minnesota’s 2017 season and playoff run. Plus, Shurmur helped mentor Daniel Jones during a very up and down rookie season, where Jones managed to flash at times.
All this looks great for Drew Lock. Lock has all the tools to be an above average NFL quarterback, and if there’s any coach who can unlock Lock’s skillset, it’s Shurmur. After all, Shurmur makes quarterbacks play well, and in my eyes, the point of this season for Denver is to establish Lock as the Broncos franchise quarterback en route to a playoff berth.
But it’s not like Lock has no one around him to get the job done. Over the last few seasons, the Broncos have invested heavily on the offensive side of the football, and the fruits of those labors look to be blossoming. Courtland Sutton and Noah Fant were both excellent last year, and I love how the Broncos brought in Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler to add to the Broncos’ arsenal.
Although Denver’s offensive line is full of question marks, they did bring in Graham Glasgow, who is one of the most underrated guards in the league. Garrett Bolles is a train wreck at left tackle, but if Dalton Risner, Lloyd Cushenberry, and Elijah Wilkinson can stay healthy Denver’s offensive line won’t be terrible.
All in all, Drew Lock has the weapons and the right offensive coordinator to get the job done in 2020. Although Shurmur as an offensive coordinator scares me after watching how the Giants offense performed over the past two seasons, that doesn’t mean he can’t get results in Denver like he did with the Vikings. After all, there have been loads of great coordinators that have been bad head coaches. Nonetheless, bringing in Pat Shurmur was a great move by Denver to help accelerate Drew Lock’s development as an NFL quarterback.
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