Reasons Cowherd doesn’t believe in KC Chiefs: Number 3 – Drew Lock and the Broncos
Here is what Cowherd said regarding Lock and the Broncos,
"“What if Drew Lock is good? He looked good at the end of last year. Vic Fangio is the best defensive coach in that division. They have two great defensive ends and now some new wide receivers and two good running backs.”"
First of all, Vic Fangio and that formidable Broncos defense couldn’t manage to even come close to stopping Mahomes and the Chiefs either time they faced them last season.
During their first meeting, Mahomes went down with an injury and Matt Moore was brought in to play his first NFL action in years. The Chiefs still put up 30 points on the Broncos defense quarterbacked by a guy who was coaching high school football six months before that game.
The Broncos offense, which contained one running back Cowherd referred to (Melvin Gordon joined the team this offseason) only managed to score six points. Granted, that version of the offense contained the human statue Joe Flacco instead of Drew Lock.
The next time the two teams met, it was in a snow globe of an Arrowhead Stadium and Lock was the quarterback. If possible, the performance on the Broncos offensive side of the ball was even worse. The final score was 23-3 Chiefs, and that defense that Cowherd speaks so highly of did nothing to stop Mahomes and the boys from playing in the snow all day. Lock was also lackluster that day.
I’m sure with the additions the Broncos made in the draft, we will see a marked improvement, especially offensively, but to say that it will be enough improvement to challenge Mahomes and the Chiefs I find a bit far fetched.
At the end of his soliloquy about the Broncos, Cowherd also briefly mentioned Justin Herbert and the Chargers, perhaps he mentioned it briefly because he feels the same way about the Chargers’ first round pick as I do, but his west coast bias prevents him from saying it out loud.
He said it at the end, like an after thought, his voice was trailing off like he didn’t even believe what he was saying. Herbert is very overrated and he went way higher than he should have in the draft. I’m sure he will grow into a serviceable quarterback, but to even suggest that he could challenge Patrick Mahomes is lunacy.