The Denver Broncos are one of the few teams in the NFL with a truly open quarterback competition. As veterans Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater battle for the job, Broncos head coach Vic Fangio had a telling update on the decision he’ll be making.
Per Troy Renck of The Denver Channel, Fangio said that the quarterback competition is “pretty damn close,” but that there’s still more data to be collected. Given that the decision could make or break Fangio’s tenure in Denver, it makes sense that he isn’t rushing it.
“(It’s) pretty damn close, but you know we have more information coming, OK?” Fangio said.
Lock started last week’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. But Fangio has said that Bridgewater will start Saturday’s preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Both players looked relatively sharp in the 33-6 win over Minnesota. Lock went 5 of 7 for 151 yards and two touchdowns, while Bridgewater went 7 of 8 for 74 yards and one touchdown.
#Broncos coach Vic Fangio admits he's "pretty damn" close to having enough information to make QB decision. As for the QBs, they remain focused, if not slightly reflective entering home stretch. My #Denver7 story: https://t.co/OAHomivjuJ pic.twitter.com/KVnCjPCUJ4
— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) August 18, 2021
Teddy Bridgewater is the more experienced of the two quarterbacks, making the Pro Bowl as a member of the Vikings in 2015. He’s only 28, but struggled to make an impact as starting quarterback of the Carolina Panthers last year.
Lock was a second-round pick by the Denver Broncos in 2019 and seemed poised to take over the job after a promising rookie season. But he also struggled in 2020, and lost his grip on the starting job.
Who do you think will win the starting quarterback job from Vic Fangio?