If Denver Broncos quarterback of the future Drew Lock wants to win the starting job in the Mile High City, he
That was the clear message from the veteran signal caller after the first day of Broncos OTAs at UCHealth Training Center, where Flacco declared that his job was to win football games rather than worry about Lock’s development.
Like Lock, Flacco is getting used to a new environment, new teammates, new city, and all the upheaval that goes with changing teams, but many in Broncos Country are ready to install Lock as the guy before Flacco has even hit the field.
While the noise outside the building is when Lock will receive the keys to the bus, Flacco made it clear that Lock’s development will come down to the 22-year-old and offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello.
“I’m not a selfish person I don’t think. There are times when you have to be selfish,” Flacco said about opening up to the young guys.
“Rich does such a good job in those meeting rooms. Drew is going to learn from listening to him talk, and then us getting the reps on the field and seeing how we all do it as a collective group and as a quarterback.
“Listen, I hope he does learn from me because that means that we’re out there and we’re slinging it around and we’re having a lot of fun.
“He’s going to learn by watching us do it and watching us do it well. That’s how he’s going to learn the timing and all of those things is to be able to see it on film and hear Rich talk about it with me and digest as much of that as possible.
“Like I said, I hope he does learn from me because that means we’re out there lighting it up.”
The last time the Broncos had a quarterback that could light it up was 2014 when Peyton Manning was still in his prime.
Flacco is not known for lighting up defenses, but if he can play the best football of his life in the Mile High City to get back to the playoffs, we’ll settle for Lock taking a back seat in 2019.
“You’ve got to be careful with how you answer that,” Flacco said when asked about mentoring Lock after the first day of OTAs.
“I think that is, like I said, it’s kind of Rich’s job. And it’s to be in that quarterback room and watch. And that’s how you can develop.
“Listen, I’ve got so many things to worry about. I’m trying to go out there and play good football. I’m trying to go out there and play the best football of my life.
“As far as a time constraint, and all that stuff, I’m not worried about developing guys or any of that. That is what it is. And like I said, I hope he does develop. But I don’t look at that as my job. My job is to win football games for this football team.”
Before the 2019 NFL Draft, Flacco bristled when asked about the possibility of the Broncos drafting a quarterback with the 10th overall pick.
That wasn’t unexpected, given the way he was ousted last year in Baltimore after the Ravens traded up in the 2018 NFL Draft to take Lamar Jackson with the 32nd overall pick.
The Broncos got lucky to grab Lock at #42 overall rather than #10 last month, but Flacco’s focus is the same as it was when he joined the Broncos in March and was anointed the starting QB.
If Lock wants to take the wheel, he’s going to have to earn it, albeit without the pressure to do it immediately and much guidance from Flacco.