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  • #31
    Originally posted by v2micca View Post
    By now, every team in the NFL has 20 full quarters of game footage on our young QB. They will have the entire off-season to analyze his tendencies and develop defensive plays to better stymie him. If Lock wishes to stay ahead of the curve and avoid a Baker Mayfield styled sophomore season he's going to need to put in some serious work this off-season. These are (in my opinion) the four most pressing areas for improvement.

    1. Footwork. Its almost a cliche at this point to note that a young QB needs to clean up their footwork, but there is a reason for this. Drew Brees is undersized for the position and has below average arm strength. But he is going to retire with a handful of All time records because (among other reasons) he has the best footwork of any QB to play for the last two decades. Good footwork leads to better mechanics leads to better accuracy on intermediate and deep passes. We can all appreciate a QB able to make plays off platform. But I appreciate even more a QB that can very quickly set their feet, align their mechanics, and fire an accurate strike downfield. Drew's footwork looked so much better this December than what we saw from him in the Pre-season. But he still has a tendency to drift in the pocket, and occasionally fire the ball from odd angles when he had time to set his feet. During training camp 2020 I want to see a leap forward in his footwork comparable to what we saw this year. If he can accomplish that, we are going to see improvements in his accuracy and consistency.

    2. Anticipation. Part of this will come as he develops chemistry with his primary receivers. He's had a lot of throws that, while they were on target, were just a touch late, forcing the receiver to reach back for the pass. You lose out on so much YAC when you aren't properly leading the receiver. Beyond the loss YAC, there were passes that he missed out on because he's not getting rid of the ball before the reciever's break. This is tough for a young QB to develop and I suspect that off-season sessions with his receiving corps will help him iron some of it out. But he will need to put in the work to completely internalize the Broncos Playbook so he knows on any given play where his guys should be and he can pull the trigger that split-second sooner.

    3. Pocket Presense. Almost feels like I'm nitpicking on this one because his ability to sense pressure is already light-years beyond our last 4 QBs. He's also not looking to run when he scrambles as he is keeping his eyes downfield. But, as good as he already is, there is still room for improvement. He will drift in the pocket sometimes and move himself into tighter quarters. He needs to develop a better sense of where his soft spots in the pocket are. The Broncos can help him a bunch here by using the draft and free agency to upgrade the line. But he's going to need to work on developing that instinct to stand tall in the pocket, maintain his footwork, minimize drift, and find the soft spots instead of bailing.

    4. Eye Manipulation. Lock is the prototypical size for a QB. But, with that advantage comes a challenge. DBs in zone coverage and roaming Safeties can read his eyes. He is not going to get away with staring down receivers against better defenders. He needs to improve his ability to hold the safety with his eyes on deep routes. I remember John Elway having one of the better off-set looks in the league during his playing days. Really hope he gives Lock some pointers on that, because it is such a useful tool for a QB to have on their belt.
    Hey good post.

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    • #32
      Lock needs to work on the same thing as all young QB's, focusing on improving and getting better in the little nuances of the game. Those little things turn into big strides later on.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by B-Large View Post

        He’s looking for big gainers and home run strikes...love that about him, but I think he will learn that moving the chains consistently is perhaps more important as a pro.... I also think his game pre and film study will inform him which teams, players are more prone to over the top action...
        I think Drew is ok there.
        The way Scangarello calls the plays is sometimes disruptive to the tempo of the offense that when you see Drew going deep, looks odd, like a desperation/make up, fix my **** ups type call.

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          • #35
            Originally posted by TonyR View Post
            While both of these are areas that I would like to see improvement, they didn't make the top four in my list. Lock's ability to read the field does need to improve, but appears to be at a solid place in his current development curve. He is more advanced than I expected and continues to improve. Yes, he still has a long way to go if he wants to be in the conversation for franchise QB. But I am more than satisfied with his current rate of progress. I am slightly more concerned about his ability to come off initial reads and checks quickly enough to still hit the windows of his next read. But, once again, I am still satisfied with his progress in this area and more confident that additional experience with this offense and receiving corps will be enough to drive progress.

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            • #36
              I need to see significant improvement in his dancing and rapping before I can see him as the QBOTF.
              with all the fan enthusiasm about this small sample size I am confident this young kid will focus on the important stuff like spinning records and spitting the beat.
              together with VON as his dance instructor our broncos can lead the league in non play excellence !

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              • #37
                Originally posted by CHEF LUIGI View Post
                I need to see significant improvement in his dancing and rapping before I can see him as the QBOTF.
                with all the fan enthusiasm about this small sample size I am confident this young kid will focus on the important stuff like spinning records and spitting the beat.
                together with VON as his dance instructor our broncos can lead the league in non play excellence !
                Dude, who pissed in your cheerios?

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                • #38
                  Lock has lots of work to do, but honestly I think he was less rough as a rookie QB than Scangs was as a rookie OC. Scangs needs to put A LOT of work into figuring out how to call plays. Dude is terrible right now.

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by v2micca View Post

                    Dude, who pissed in your cheerios?
                    the same a-hole that ran off with your sense of humor !
                    You are really going to hate my,
                    "PAULA ABDUL new OC for denver" thread

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by v2micca View Post

                      While both of these are areas that I would like to see improvement, they didn't make the top four in my list. Lock's ability to read the field does need to improve, but appears to be at a solid place in his current development curve. He is more advanced than I expected and continues to improve. Yes, he still has a long way to go if he wants to be in the conversation for franchise QB. But I am more than satisfied with his current rate of progress. I am slightly more concerned about his ability to come off initial reads and checks quickly enough to still hit the windows of his next read. But, once again, I am still satisfied with his progress in this area and more confident that additional experience with this offense and receiving corps will be enough to drive progress.
                      Yeah that’s really ticks tacky. Lock went through his progressions consistently and he did it while manipulating a collapsing pocket. He also was excellent taking off when there was nothing and keeping the play a net positive.

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by CEH View Post
                        This play was Russell Wilson like. Maybe even Patty Mahoomes rolling right with defenders and finding the open guy.
                        It reminded me of a point guard/ball handler creating in transition.

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by Agamemnon View Post
                          I mean, he’s only played five games as a rookie. You could just say he needs to work on and improve in every area of quarterbacking. He’s not doing anything at what could be called a finished or polished level right now. I’d say he’s kind of in Cutler territory presently, but with better ball security. Quite good for a rookie, but a lot of growth is needed for him to truly answer our QB prayers.
                          Pretty much this. He just need to keep working, learning, and playing. I don't really worry about him improving as much as I worry about Elway improving the roster around him.

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                          • #43
                            the cutler comparisons are starting to concern me.

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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by CHEF LUIGI View Post
                              the cutler comparisons are starting to concern me.
                              What’s worse? Cutler’s iPod or locks criminal sideline rap?

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by GoneFishin' View Post

                                Pretty much this. He just need to keep working, learning, and playing. I don't really worry about him improving as much as I worry about Elway improving the roster around him.
                                Same. I’m also worried about Scangs continuing to suck.

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