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Splitting quarterback reps 50-50 not necessarily a good thing

If you have two quarterbacks, you have no quarterbacks. The Denver Broncos should pick a guy and go all-in on him as the starter early in training camp.

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Before you run to the comments section and rage on this title, hear me out. I truly believe that if you have two quarterbacks “competing” then you actually have no quarterbacks you like beyond that season.

Last week, Head Coach Vic Fangio was asked who would take a majority of the reps between incumbent Drew Lock and veteran Teddy Bridgewater once training camp arrives. He said it’d be 50-50.

“That will be day by day,” Fangio said. “It’s totally 50-50. Maybe I’ll flip a coin to see who takes the absolute first snap of the offseason and training camp. By the end of day, meaning by the end of training camp—before those guys make the decision for us with their play—it’s going to be a 50-50 proposition. Some days, some guy might get more [snaps] than the other. Then it will even out the next day or a few days later. It’s not going to be 50-50 every day, but over the course of this offseason and training camp it will be.”

I hate that. It’s the worst possible outcome for the quarterback quandary for the Denver Broncos this season.

The reason I hate it is because players get so few reps as it is and timing from the quarterback is the one that requires the most repetition. Given that Lock is also a young guy trying to learn how to compete at this level, you are basically just throwing his chance under the bus.

Just pick a guy and go with it until it proven wrong. Given Lock is the incumbent starter, then you should give him the reps and if he shows little improvement then move all-in on Bridgewater.

At this point, whoever wins the job is likely going to get replaced midseason. These 50-50 quarterback competitions almost never work out anyway.

Maybe I’m overreacting to this, but we’ve seen enough quarterback competitions in Denver to reasonably assume that the result is going to suck for us fans. What do you think, Broncos Country?

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