Time is an interesting concept. Pink Floyd tried to define it because it is related to the Denver Broncos, so it is particularly appropriate:
“Take out the moments that make up a dull day, // grind it, waste time as a deputy. Kick on a piece of land in your hometown // wait for someone or something to show you the way.”
The fact is that the NFL also has a reputation for “not suitable for long”, especially when it comes to Drew Lock, general manager John Elway and head coach Vic Fangio. Currently, their reputation is online and time is short.
Compared with Elway and Fangio, Lock may have more time to solve problems and start an NFL career, but if he does not improve his fundamentals, his days as a starter for the Broncos will be numerous. To put it lightly, he did not perform well in Week 7 against Kansas City in Kansas City.
Locke’s performance in footwork, handling, and decision-making has dropped significantly this season, and there are doubts about his injury history, which has caused the Broncos to lose most of the time required for a real evaluation.
Although Peyton Manning and Elway do have the ability to develop in their respective careers, the increasingly QB-centric nature of football and the impact of rookie salary scale have given people a comprehensive signal. -The caller is more important, and quickly find out if he is a “boy” or a “boy”.
In 2010, the Carolina Panthers drafted Jimmy Clausen (Jimmy Clausen) in the 2nd round, and then drafted Cam Newton first place in 2011, despite the new regime . The Arizona Cardinals seem to have decided to move from the 10th overall pick in 2018, Josh Rosen, to the decision to draft Kyler Murray the following year, even though they have the same general manager. The Cardinals did what they needed to do to a true quarterback, with changes in plan and coaching.
There is one reason why Miami has won many draft picks from Houston despite a difficult season, but Miami has decided to list Tua Tagovailoa as the starter and Ryan Fitzpatrick (Ryan Fitzpatrick) led his career in the second statistical season with a 3-3 start.
The Dolphins only need to find out if Tagovailoa is a “guy” or if they need to use the funds to trade into the top five and choose another QB. The Dwayne Haskins era in Washington seems to have begun for just over a year, although the team has also adopted a new system.
Out of the frying pan and into the fire
It can be said that Locke needs more development, which is one of the reasons why he fell into the second round. Joe Flacco’s incompetence quickly dashed the hopes of the red shirts. The Broncos’ offensive plan changes from grade 1 to grade 2 were a problem for his overall development.
Despite the higher cost, first-round picks still have greater value, especially because they are more likely to be hit. In short, in the top 5 to the top 10 of the draft, the chances of reaching “excellent” QB have multiplied, and the chances of falling in the second round and beyond are high.
Compared with the “good” peers, the “good” QB team is paid much higher. Low-priced QB production is the easiest way to initiate reconstruction and make the team competitive, because it defines four or five-year contracts that can be used.
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QB of cost control creates a competitive window
So far, the rookie contract of Patrick Mahomes (Patrick Mahomes) of Kansas City (based on his 10th overall draft ranking in 2017) lasted for four years, totaling 16.42 million U.S. dollars, and received $10.08 million. Signing bonus. His fifth-year option is worth $24.8 million.
Deshaun Watson of Houston is the 12th overall pick in this category. He has 4 years of experience and received a deposit of 13.84 million US dollars, including 8.21 million US dollars and a 17.5 million US dollars Signing bonus. At the beginning of the 2020 season, Watson signed a four-year extension agreement, provided 156 million US dollars in new funds, and fully guaranteed 73 million US dollars at the time of signing.
Mahomes signed a coveted 10-year extension after winning the Super Bowl and received $450 million in new funding, of which $63 million was fully guaranteed at the time of signing, and another $141 million in injuries. Be assured. For these two quarterbacks, based on the 2020 season, Over The Cap’s Watson and Mahomes are valued at $32 million and $35 million, respectively, which shows that the Chiefs and Texans have a very large amount of free production in QB positions.
In contrast, as a rookie with the 15th overall pick in 2019, Haskins signed a four-year, fully guaranteed contract with Washington, valued at $144.1M and received a signing bonus of $8.5 million. The maximum cap is $4.58 million.
As the 42nd rookie in the same year, Locke locked a four-year contract worth 7 million US dollars, and received a signing bonus of 3.1 million US dollars and a security deposit of 3.9 million US dollars. His total maximum salary is only $2.2 million, but in the second round of QB competitions, it is more likely to involve “good” or “decent” QB competitions rather than “elite” or “great”, which deserves greater Contracts.
For the era of controlled rookie salary scale, there are some exceptions to the rules, such as Russell Wilson and Dak Prescott. Wilson and Prescott not only became “good” during their rookie trades, but they also became “great”, thus giving their team more flexibility to develop around them and really take advantage of their cheap rookies Transactions, but such gems are rare, and between.
Other famous second-round success stories include Andy Dalton, Jimmy Garoppolo and Derek Carr. In these three games, although Cincinnati won the playoffs with Dalton, although he did not enter the playoffs, he did not have the talented offensive ability to pay him, and he never Get the structure of the real franchise QB.
Joe Burrow is now in QB. The Bangladeshis have replaced “good” and “solid” QB deals with “potentially good”. Now there are quarterbacks that can help them compete in the AFC, with even greater potential. Large, the output exceeds the first place. 1 overall contract and its fifth year option. Garoppolo was traded to San Francisco, but there are many rumors about Niners leaving him. This was caused by his mediocre performance in the Super Bowl, entering the Super Bowl this season, his high contract and its structure.
Of these three, Carl may be the best QB, but although the attackers are always refuted, there are still many questions about his attackers.
Chief suffered a litmus test Denver failed miserably
Right or wrong, the Broncos’ success must be measured by their ability to compete with Kansas City and other strong offensive players in the AFC. In this department, although we all know Mahomes and its abilities, Chargers rookie QB Justin Herbert looks set to be another 10-year issue for the Broncos, and Carr has shown the performance of another 12 quarterbacks.
Of course, Locke has only nine games as a starter for the national football team. Considering that he has undergone a new coordinator change after having three coordinators in Missouri, and suffered losses at the same time, it seems that it is still too long to even consider moving forward. Too early. His star successor Courtland Sutton (Courtland Sutton) and a key figure on the offensive end had to deal with this weird, truncated offseason.
Locke’s two worst performances as a professional player were both worse when facing big players like the Chiefs. In all aspects, including coaches, his opponents are simply better than the Mustangs, which increases the fear of jumping the gun too early. . however…
Bankruptcy in 2020?
Locke will show his skills at least for the rest of the season, improve his basic knowledge, show abilities and growth, but don’t expect the Broncos to remain static in the QB position. Aligning with the status quo and establishing Trevor Siemian in 2016 gave the Broncos a chance to understand their real situation at Paxton Lynch (despite wanting a better term, he lacks the necessary “higher than the neck” talent), so the ball The team lost the opportunity to recruit Mahomes or Watson in 2017.
If there is a question about whether there is a “boy”, then you may not have a “boy”. QB is a position that is always needed until it is absolutely not needed.
It is commendable that Locke is a hardworking man with excellent leadership skills and intangible assets, but this can only make a player go further. Locke realized that if he wants to avoid losing the locker room, there will be a lot of pressure to improve his game.
Even if Locke is not a “good” or “great” starter, he has a role in the NFL and will become an above-average QB2 in the league, and he still has a two-year contract extension. The Broncos may want to return to the draft because doing so will reset the window to five years and because they are willing to get a high pick.
But this team is more likely to target the senior QB in the trade, especially considering the small windows owned by Elway and Fangio, and because the current roster is suitable for achieving competitiveness in 2022.
For Elway, evaluating QB positions is a bit cumbersome. The lack of a draft pick can hurt people, but GM doesn’t have to worry about waving the fence and daring to land on the right QB. If GM hits a home run in the draft, unpaid production will be important in the competition.
If the Mustang only had time.
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