Anyway, imagine the look on Pat Shurmur’s face. The Broncos Assault Coordinator is in his office, twirling a pencil and sketching flaws when someone blows up the door.
“Pat! Pat! Pat, they traded Teddy.
Shurmur stops spinning. The pencil falls.
“Who did you? “
“We did. George did.
“Drew starts in Dallas.”
With this, everything clicks. Pencil. Shurmur’s mind. He resigns locally. The Broncos will get an early start in 2022. Everyone wins!
Look, Teddy Bridgewater is a great guy. Cool story. Someone you root for in football and in life.
But we’re postponing the inevitable, aren’t we? If he is the starting quarterback for the Broncos in 2022 and beyond, something has gone either very, very right or very, very wrong.
Steady Teddy has always been rented out. Short term fix. If general manager George Paton wants to play next season, he will trade the fifth position for whatever project capital he can get back. And he will do it before that line of attack hits Bridgewater more than it has already.
You can convince you to move any of the Broncos veteran stashes in contract years before the November 2 swap deadline. Pass-ace von Miller? Should have been handed over two seasons ago, at the peak of health and value. He is now 32 years old and has a base salary of $ 17.5 million, too much for the team to happily take Paton’s salary off of.
Do you know how much you’ll get from full-back Kyle Fuller? Nada. Grab Bobby Massey? Nada. Is it Kareem Jackson’s safety? Defender Melvin Gordon? Mostly nada.
But in a league with a pass, passengers – especially with 12 touchdowns versus five picks and a 70.1% completion rate in seven games this fall – still matter. The planes just took a flyer Joe Flacco, have mercy.
Trading for Teddy was a good idea at the time, George. Brilliantly? No. Brave? Yes. Bridgewater was about the safety of the ball. Convenience of service.
Serviceability can push you into the playoffs unless your offensive coordinator proudly draws games in pencil while the rest of the league uses Microsoft Surface tablets and pens. Serviceability works if your defenses are like the 2000 Ravens or the 2015 Broncos for No-Fly Zones. And this one, despite all this hype and hope, looks neither one nor the other.
Coach Vic Fangio can’t fix it. Or even tweak it properly. What makes it really meaningless is that Uncle Vic is still here. This defeats the fact that Paton handed him all the protective toys he requested last spring.
This is also contrary to the essence of Bridgewater’s services. In April of this year, the Broncos sent Carolina the No. 5 pick in the sixth round – a major in 22?
Sam Darnold’s experiment explodes in Carolina. Panthers will pay Bridgewater $ 7.062 million in restructured bonuses this fall over Broncos’ pledged $ 4.4 million.
The bears can use Plan C as a protector. The Saints can use Plan B, which is not Trevor Simian.
Dolphins openly and without apology despaired. In Philadelphia, Bridgewater will complement young Eagles quarterback Jalen Herts better than Gardner Minschue.
Yes, you would fly a white flag over Empower Field. Yes, you would send your veterans a surrender message. Although, haven’t some of these veterans already sent you subtle signals of surrender?
And yes, you’ll be throwing the dice with Drew Locke and / or Brett Rypien behind center the rest of the way. But is that noticeably worse than watching the clumsy Bridgewater try and fail to outwit Keyes, who squeaked on Kinum, on national television?
Locke gives his legion Drew Stanov a chance to prove they were right throughout the preseason. Bridgewater gets another chance elsewhere to become a mentor and pitcher in what will likely be his destiny in the NFL for the rest of the journey. The Broncos are playing “youthful” because “young and bad” is still less pathetic than saying you go for it, twittering about “urgency” but doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result.
It’s the very definition of insanity, and it drives Broncos Country crazy. The petty squabbles between the owners of the Broncos have been like HBO’s Game of Thrones scenario for far too long. Winter is coming.
New leadership. New coach. New defenders. It’s time to either get big for Aaron Rogers or Deshawn Watson, or it’s time to grow up and mature and seriously think about rebuilding.
Stop settling for anything in between. Stop wasting money on defense in the attacking league with easy passes. Stop crossing your fingers with the defender and aim low at the head coach. Stop trying to win the Indy 500 with the Sherman tank.