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Finding the right quarterback may have more to do with coaching than you think

As we see the development of Lamar Jackson getting all the hype in the NFL news, I can’t help but wonder if the problem with our team finding a QB has more to do with coaching

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Is the problem that the Denver Broncos can’t find an NFL quality starting quarterback? Or is the problem that the NFL coaches are largely too scared to step out and develop one?

Many of us here at have said over the years that the NFL is rife with nepotism in its coaching trees. We’ve also talked about how General Managers in the NFL are risk averse by and large and not willing to see their coaches really innovate or explore except in very specific scenarios (like Arizona this year where you have a college coach bringing his system up as he takes over coaching a pro team).

I’m certainly not going to entertain the idea that quarterbacks we’ve drafted like Paxton Lynch or Trevor Siemian are diamonds in the rough and we just haven’t found the right gemcutter yet. That’s largely nonsense.

But what I am saying is why can’t more teams be like the Baltimore Ravens and tailor their offense to fit their QB’s skill set?

I know we did it back in 2011 when Tebowmania hit Broncos Country. The team really didn’t have a choice. But right now, are we tailoring the Rich Scangarello system to fit the skills of Drew Lock? Or are we waiting for Drew Lock to learn the skills needed to run the Scangarello offense?

Broncos News

Steve Atwater, John Lynch named Pro Football Hall of Fame Modern-Era semifinalists for Class of 2020
Atwater and Lynch are two of 25 Modern-Era semifinalists.

'You've got to make them pay': Chris Harris Jr. mentoring Davontae Harris as the new Broncos cornerback settles into starting role
Harris Jr. offered his thoughts on Davontae Harris and Drew Lock, and Justin Simmons shared the advice he's received from Hall of Fame semifinalist Steve Atwater.

Eight and counting? A Broncos timeline of QB changes since 2017 - Denver Broncos- ESPN
If the Broncos decide to switch away from Brandon Allen this week, it would be their ninth quarterback change since 2017.

Other NFL News

Pro Football Hall of Fame, Class of 2020: 25 semifinalists ranked -
The Pro Football Hall of Fame revealed the 25 semifinalists for the Class of 2020. How do these players stack up against each other? Adam Rank counts down his rankings, from 25 to 1.

AFC wild-card race: Bills, Titans inspire confidence; Jags cooked -
Marc Sessler eyes the AFC wild-card race. Are Josh Allen's Bills the team to beat? Can Jacoby Brissett's Colts ever be counted out? Are Baker Mayfield's Browns ready to make a run?

Week 12 DVOA Ratings | Football Outsiders
A week of big wins and losses means some big moves up and down the DVOA rankings, especially among the teams involved in the AFC wild-card race. Baltimore moves into No. 1 in weighted DVOA but New England remains No. 1 in total season DVOA. Both are among the best teams we've ever tracked.

Bill Belichick -- NFL 100 selection process made me better coach
Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who is part of the blue-ribbon panel to select the NFL 100 All-Time Team, said the process has made him a better coach.

Why Colin Kaepernick and the NFL were never going to work out
The inside story of how a long-awaited potential reconciliation between quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the NFL disintegrated into another chapter of distrust and acrimony -- and quite possibly the final one.

Lamar Jackson could become this year’s Sean McVay - Sports Illustrated
NFL teams are going to try and find the next Lamar Jackson after seeing the quarterback’s immense success this season.

The NFL's Trippin': League Acknowledges Two Botched Calls in Cowboys' Loss at Patriots
Travis Frederick and Tyron Smith were wrongfully called for tripping in the Cowboys' close loss to the Patriots.