Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock admitted he felt disappointed after losing the battle for the starting quarterback job on his team. On Wednesday, Broncos head coach Vic Fangio announced Teddy Bridgewater has won the starting quarterback job.
Lock, who was taken in the second round of the 2019 NFL draft, was the Broncos' starting quarterback last year. Lock didn't impress as a starter as the Broncos went 5-11 and missed out on the playoffs. "Obviously, it's disappointing," Lock said, via the Broncos' official website.
"Every feeling that you could possibly have at this point, this day, this circumstance, you know they're running deep. I feel like at the time, I was playing some of the best football I've played since I've been in the league.
I was more confident than I've ever been. Most of you guys think of me as a confident guy, but I was probably more confident than I've been since I've been in the league since this OTAs, this training camp, this preseason.
This is such a special team, I was hoping and looking forward to being able to lead this team."
Lock insists giving up is not an option for him
"But no finger-pointing, no negativity," said Lock. "It's going to be about me finding ways to still make this team great, whether that's in practice, working with Teddy, trying to find ways for him to get better.
Whatever he needs me to do, that's pretty much my goal. Look in the mirror, see what I need to get better at. Figure out what it is to keep progressing, keep getting better. Not taking any steps back, just keep taking steps forward without taking some of the reps.
It was disappointing, but I'm going to do everything I can for this team, for Teddy and keep the momentum going forward as far as my play goes." Broncos coach Fangio insisted it was a tight battle between Lock and Bridgewater.
"There wasn't a lot of separation," Fangio said, per ESPN. "Both guys had good camps. They both played well, they both had their down moments, had their good moments. ... We just made this decision because it's best for the team moving forward right now.
We have two good quarterbacks, two quarterbacks we can win with. Fangio added: "It was really, really close. ... We had to make a decision, and we went with Teddy."