Sunday, October 24, 2021

Keeler: Teddy Bridgewater? Drew Lock? If the Broncos drop the tackle, then Garrett Bowles plays in Pittsburgh like he did versus the Ravens, it doesn’t matter.

When does Garrett Bowles start giving back that contract? $68 million, $38 million guaranteed, by 2024? When does performance match trust? Investment?

It won’t matter who starts behind center for the Broncos in Pittsburgh – Teddy Bridgewater, Drew Locke, Brett Rapian, Urban Meyers Attorney – if Week 5 bowls Week 4 bowls. Because they will be running for their lives against Blitzburg. Right from the jump.

“He needs to get better,” coach Vic Fangio said earlier this week, and indeed, when asked about the Broncos’ big left tackle bowls. “He should criticize himself. He didn’t play well enough (against Baltimore).

In enough…

“Primarily, pass security.”

Wait a minute. Wasn’t that corner bent? Last fall, in more than 15 games, Boles wasn’t the best player on the Denver offense—he was arguably the best player on that unit. valuable Players, too.

A shoddy 2020, during the pandemic, the former first-round pick offered one of Front Range’s best individual turnaround stories, if not the NFL. No more charting penalty flags. The Broncos’ New Fight Song “Holding, Offense, No. 72.”

Fast forward one season, and…

According to Post reporter Ryan O’Halloran, Boles has surrendered four sacks in the first four games of the season. He accused Boles of only allowing half the sack – that’s all – over 15 appearances in 2020.

The rest of the charting of the post isn’t much kinder:

Bowles 2020: 15 games, 9 knockdowns, 0 pressure, 9.5 “interruptions.”

Bowles 2021: 4 games, 1 knockdown, 3 pressures, 8 “hurdles.”

So, no, your eyes are not lying.

And neither was Boles this past Sunday when he said this:

“I think (the loss) just came down to the little things. Especially me. I didn’t play very well. I feel like the loss is on me, being the leader of the offensive line. To Teddy (Bridgewater) I wasn’t doing my job 100% to make me feel comfortable, as I needed to do (in order).”

They can’t afford less than that 100. Not now. Not after the Ravens’ crowd knocked Bridgewater to Empower Field for two quarters, then out of the game. Not after Baltimore hit five sacks and 11 quarterbacks.

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And not with the Steelers’ defense trying to save face – and reverse a 1-3 start – in front of a Pittsburgh crowd that will be drawn to blood. lots of it.

“He’s an excellent player,” Broncos offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said on Thursday when asked about Boles. “And while you can accept that there are some things you can do better to help us win, I think,[that’s]a good thing, because it’s a journey. As we go There are, unfortunately, bumps in the road. You have to overcome that bump and try to be better. And now we are there and that’s where we are.”

If Boles is out for lunch, it’s a crime. Locke is depressing when the pressure is on, a point that even the most devout of Drew have been forced to acknowledge. While Bridgewater has been more elusive under pressure than advertised, he hasn’t been Patrick Mahomes either.

They need clean pockets. they need Help. He needs protection from people like TJ Watt. Essentially over two and a half games this season — Pittsburgh’s ace pass-rusher dropped a Week 2 loss at the Las Vegas Mid-Tilt — JJ’s younger brother has 5.0 sacks and 8 quarterback hits.

Week 6: Raiders’ Max Crosby (2.0 sack, three tackles for the loss).

Week 7: Miles Garrett of Brown (6.0 sacks).

Week 8: Washington Snyders’ Montez sweat (3.0 sack).

When opponents watch the Defense Broncos game movie, they must bite their nails. After Baltimore, they are cracking their collective knuckles, waiting for their turn to eat.

“Some days I’m going to have good days, and some days I’m going to have bad days,” Boles said last Sunday. “(Against the Ravens), I hit a punch in the face. I have to take my lick, get off the mat, come back next week, find out what happened when I got knocked out and get up again. I That’s the kind of player I am. I’m going to get back up, fix my things and keep moving forward.”

Payback is a you know what. Heinz Field is the same if your quarterback spends the afternoon riding his keyster.

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