During an appearance on NFL Network last week, former Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis stated that quarterback Joe Flacco will keep rookie quarterback Drew Lock on the bench in 2019.
“With their new offensive coordinator, Rich Scangarello, so think about this: Joe Flacco’s best season he had in a long time came in 2016 with the Baltimore Ravens” Davis explained. “Gary Kubiak was the offensive coordinator there [and] Scangarello — who actually followed Kyle Shanahan and was under Gary Kubiak in Houston and Atlanta — is now running the offense.”
Davis pointed out that Scangarello comes from the Mike Shanahan coaching tree and runs an offense that Flacco is comfortable in.
“The offense is going to be familiar with Joe Flacco, [an] offense that he’s already seen before when he had success. It’s going to be a lot of boot [legs], it’s going to be a run-heavy, tight end-centric offense. They got [Noah] Fant in the draft, they still got Jake Butt, they still got [Jeff] Heuerman. It is going to be [an] offense to cater to Joe Flacco.”
Davis went on to note that he believes Flacco will have a lot of success, giving Denver no reason to play Lock as a rookie. Considering that Lock will need time to develop, Davis’ predicted scenario could be the best case scenario for all parties involved.