In quarterback competition between Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater, here’s betting the winner will be Captain Underpants – The Denver Post

If not Aaron Rodgers, then who?

Although coach Vic Fangio claims “97-98%” of the quarterback competition between Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Lock has yet to be determined, my hunch is the braintrust at Broncos headquarters has already pretty much made up its mind.

Bridgewater is going to be the starter, although I’m not sure it’s a good thing. Unless, of course, your idea of a good thing is Denver finishing with an 8-9 record.

On the list of all-time knockdown, drag-out rivalries, Teddy vs. Drew isn’t exactly Spider-Man vs. Dr. Octopus.

It’s more like Captain Underpants vs. Dogzilla.

But out here in Broncos Country, where the drama and playoff berths have been infrequent of late, we’ll take any quarterback competition we can get.

So when safety Justin Simmons stepped in front of a Lock throw at mini-camp and turned it into a pick-six on a sweltering June morning, we tend to get overheated by more than 93-degree heat. Every Dogzilla has his day, but Wednesday did not belong to Lock.

It’s a long way until the Broncos open the season in September. What are the main factors that will go into the choice between Lock and Bridgewater?

“There’s the hard data. You want to get more completions and you want less interceptions. You want to throw touchdown passes. All the hard data,” offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said Wednesday, before getting down to the real nitty gritty. “I’m kind of looking at it generally to when this guy is in there, are less bad things happening? When he makes a mistake, is it catastrophic, or is it something we can correct?”

Don’t know about you, but that sounded like a pretty strong hint to me.

Bridgewater seems the obvious choice if the Broncos want a game manager that won’t mess it up for a defense led by Von Miller, Bradley Chubb and the No-Fly Zone 2.0.

Nobody confuses Bridgewater with a super hero. He’s more like Captain Underpants, one guy determined to get through life without messing up anything too badly.

“When you play this game, you’re going to have your shots when you push the ball, then you’re going to have some plays where it’s conservative,” Bridgewater said. “This offseason, I’ve just been trying to complete the football by pushing the ball down the field, crossing them over the field, throwing a shallow cross and throwing it to the back out of the backfield. I’m just trying to complete the football because if I complete the ball to our guys, we have a high chance of making a big play.”

Know the yellow line digitally superimposed on the football field that represents the first-down marker on your television screen? Watching Bridgewater work, I’m convinced that yellow line might actually exist in his world, acting like a force field, preventing him from throwing a pass that travels more than 10 yards downfield.

But if the Denver defense is all that and a bag of chips, maybe the team can sneak into the playoffs with Captain Underpants under center.

Yes, all the upside is on Lock’s side. He’d be the far more entertaining choice. So as a guy that likes to munch popcorn in the press box during games, that’s how I’d vote.