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Broncos are bigger than quarterback battle

It’s important to not lose sight of the one true goal.

New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos Photo by Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images

If there’s one thing that has become apparent over this last offseason, it’s that fans are passionate about “their guy.”

In all honesty, neither quarterback razzle-dazzled. Teddy Bridgewater started the game and immediately went 0-4 passing. Drew Lock failed to sense a blitz and was the victim of an ugly strip sack. They both managed to look competent, each tossing a touchdowns. Both quarterbacks notched triple-digit passer ratings with Drew Lock’s 141.3 QB and Bridgewater’s 101.3.

Despite the hiccups, both quarterbacks displayed proficiency. You would think fans would want to revel in that, especially after the nightmare that was the 2020 season. However, fandom in the rocky mountain region appears to have devolved into these strange quarterback sects, devoted to “their guy” and anyone who speaks in opposition isn’t some sort of heretic.

There have been quarterback battles that have torn at the fabric of Broncos Country before, but not since Tebow-Orton have fans been so polarized. It’s okay to have your favorite, that’s part of being a fan. I just worry that people are so invested in who is under center that they may be losing sight of just how good the rest of the team is.

The Broncos defense has incredible potential to be one of the best since our last championship season in 2015. The receiving corps is the nastiest it’s been in a long time. Special teams? Well, if you want to get mad at something, there’s probably some fertile earth in that phase of the game.

The point is that a starter at quarterback has been chosen. You can let it eat at you and your fandom or you can embrace the orange and blue in all they do in these early upcoming games. We all get disappointed in decisions that the team makes. Part of being a fan is transcending that disappointment in support of the whole. This could quite possibly be one of the best teams we have seen in a good long while. Don’t let your anger over the quarterback battle make you miss it.


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