The KC Chiefs have their quarterback of the future, but the Denver Broncos do not.
Ever since Peyton Manning rode off into the sunset after the Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50, the organization has had a tough time finding a quarterback to replace him. The Kansas City Chiefs have been the complete opposite, as they had Alex Smith from 2013-2017 and then drafted Patrick Mahomes, who took over full-time in 2018.
The Broncos have rolled with the likes of Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch, Brock Osweiler, Case Keenum, and Joe Flacco since Manning’s retirement, but they seemed to have been onto something when they selected Drew Lock in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Chiefs fans were all too familiar with Lock, as he’s from Lee’s Summit and played college ball at Missouri, just two and a half hours from Arrowhead Stadium. Lock was injured for the early part of his rookie season but looked to be a promising option for the Broncos after going 4-1 as a starter and making Denver look respectable down the stretch.
Well, after a lackluster 2020 campaign, Lock might not be the starter much longer for the Broncos, who are reportedly very interested in trading for Deshaun Watson. At this point, pretty much every team but the Chiefs are going to be interested in the former Clemson signal-caller, so the Broncos being grouped in here isn’t shocking.
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Drew Lock being the quarterback of the Broncos makes them a much easier team for the KC Chiefs to beat.
For Chiefs fans, the Broncos getting Watson would be the worst-case scenario. Not only would he make Denver an instant Super Bowl contender, but KC would have to face him and the Broncos twice a year and duke it out for the AFC West every year for the next decade. They won’t have to do that with Lock.
Lock hasn’t been terrible by any means, but the Chiefs are 3-0 against him and he’s yet to have a good game against them. He’s thrown for 613 yards, two touchdowns, and five picks in those three games and has just been very… mediocre, I guess would be the best word.
Watson, on the other hand, has had success against the Chiefs. He knows he can beat them and giving him weapons like Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, and Noah Fant isn’t something I need to see happen. Hopefully, the Broncos aren’t able to acquire Watson and are stuck with Lock for at least another year.