It’s nice to see transparency, especially when it comes from pro athletes, a notoriously tightlipped bunch who are coached to be as bland and cookie cutter as possible in fulfilling their press obligations. While others might subscribe to Bill Belichick’s school of media stonewalling, Broncos quarterback Drew Lock apparently doesn’t, as evidenced by this stunning—bordering on ill-advised—admission.
The full quote from Lock, which came during Thursday’s media availability, can be heard around the 2:45 mark of the video below, which was uploaded to the Broncos’ official YouTube account. Refreshing as his honesty may be, Denver’s PR team was probably giving Lock the Jonah Hill from the back of the room. No fan base wants to hear their starting quarterback openly admit that when the ball leaves his hand, it’s anyone’s guess where it might end up.
Despite missing two games due to injury, the erratic Lock is still tied for third in the league with 10 interceptions, trailing only the similarly mistake-prone Carson Wentz and Kirk Cousins on that front. After a promising end to his rookie year (he won four of five starts after taking over for injured vet Joe Flacco down the stretch), Lock has fallen victim to the dreaded sophomore slump, ranking dead last among qualified signal-callers in accuracy (55.0 completion percentage) while producing a similarly anemic 66.5 quarterback rating, second-worst ahead of only Jets train wreck Sam Darnold (65.9).
Lock’s struggles could be at least partially attributed to the absence of go-to receiver Courtland Sutton (lost to a torn ACL in Week 2), though the 24-year-old’s regression is still concerning for the Broncos, who spent a second-round pick on the Mizzou product in hopes he’d emerge as the team’s franchise quarterback. It’s uncertain whether Lock, who has been a limited participant at practice this week while battling bruised ribs, will suit up Sunday against the scorching-hot Dolphins, who have yet to lose with rookie phenom Tua Tagovailoa under center.
Working in Lock's favor is that he appears to have a short memory, a much-needed trait in the NFL, where resiliency and confidence are half the battle.