Options At QB For The Broncos


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12 OCT 2014: Denver Broncos Helmet on the field prior to the game between the Denver Broncos and the New York Jets played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford,NJ. The Denver Broncos defeated the New York Jets 31-17.

The Denver Broncos ended a disappointing season in December at 6-10, and promptly fired coach Vance Joseph and most of his staff. GM John Elway then preceded to hire Bears DC Vic Fangio as the new head coach, Bears CB Coach Ed Donatell as the new defensive coordinator, and 49ers QB Coach Ric Scangarello as the new offensive coordinator. Elway is obviously shaking the team up, and with Case Keenum’s discouraging season, the QB job might be up for grabs. Below are the best options at QB for the Broncos.

The Easy Option: Case Keenum

Case Keenum did not put up numbers near his breakout season at Minnesota, but at the same time, no one expected him to. Keenum threw for 3890 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions. The most interesting part of his stats is that he threw for more yards than he did with Minnesota. The touchdown number is not enough to make Denver a playoff team, but he has potential to throw for more, and put Denver back in the playoffs.

The Cheap Option: Jacoby Brissett

Jacoby Brissett is definitely a sleeper option for the Broncos to snag. However, Brissett is stuck as the colts backup for another season, so acquiring him would cost Denver a 4th round pick or so. Brissett’s salary is under $1 million, so he would open up cap room for other players.

The Improbable Option: Teddy Bridgewater

Teddy Bridgewater is a free agent this upcoming offseason, but there is a high chance he resigns with the Saints. Drew Brees keeps getting older, and will probably retire within a couple of seasons. New Orleans did not trade for Bridgewater to let him sit on the bench, but if he slips by them, Denver could sign him. Bridgewater is a Boom-Bust player, with lots of potential.

One Of Two (Ex) Super Bowl MVP’s

Joe Flacco is under contract, but the Ravens are set to either trade, or release him. Flacco would be a steady QB that has the potential to lead the Broncos to the playoffs, but is not a long term option at 34.

Nick Foles is again, potentially on the trade block. Foles has been great in relief of starter Carson Wentz, but is a risky option. Foles fits into the Eagles system well, but there is no guarantee that he could be great with the Broncos. Foles would also have to be traded for.

The Worst Option: Blake Bortles

If John Elway cuts Case Keenum and offers a contract to Blake Bortles, he should be fired within seconds. Bortles is not good, and has never been good. The chance of this happening is <1%, but crazier things have happened in the NFL.

The Rookies (Who Could Start Day 1)

With the 10th pick in the draft, the Broncos have a good chance of getting a top QB. The teams ahead of the Broncos in need of a QB are the Giants, at the 6th pick, and the Jaguars, with the 7th pick. Both teams have the potential to fill these needs in free agency, so there is a chance of getting Dwayne Haskins or Kyler Murray at number 10. Both players are good enough to be starters day 1, and have the talent to win rookie of the year.

The Developmental Rookies

There is a high chance one or both of the above rookies are taken before the Broncos, and if that is the case, the Broncos can draft Daniel Jones or Drew Lock at number 10. Lock is considered a better quarterback, and has been compared to Kansas City Chiefs QB Patric Mahomes several times. Both him and Daniel Jones would need to be developed, but have the potential to be stars in the NFL.

I think that the most likely option here is for John Elway to draft Drew Lock at number 10