Good news, Broncos fans! Instead of waiting until the final seconds to lose, as the team did against the Bears, Jaguars, Colts and Vikings, Denver hardly put up a fight in a 20-3 loss to the Buffalo Bills on November 24, giving even the truest believers the opportunity to bail early and do something more pleasant with their day! Thanks, guys!
But that doesn't mean the post-game reaction was free of anger, frustration and other emotions of the sort that cry out for primal scream therapy. Indeed, loyalists on Twitter vented their spleen by demanding that embattled team executive John Elway and perpetually gruff head coach Vic Fangio bench fill-in starting QB Brandon Allen in favor of rookie Drew Lock.
After snapping up Lock in the second round of this year's NFL draft, Elway dubbed the ex-Missouri hurler the future of the franchise. But Lock injured his thumb during the pre-season and sat on injured reserve for most of this misbegotten season. He's now back on the squad, but Elway and Fangio have kept him hanging in favor of Allen, who had his moments during a win in Cleveland and the first half of the face-off against the Vikings.
Yesterday, however, Allen's stat line — he went 10 of 25 for 82 yards and an interception — was as anemic as Dracula's tastiest victim. The main argument against playing Lock now appears to be that throwing him to the lions (actually, the next opponents are the Los Angeles Chargers) could destroy his confidence and squelch his ability to develop in a more natural way, preventing him from ever becoming all he could be.
To which most Broncos boosters on social media are calling bullshit. Given Elway's awful track record at drafting competent signal-callers (Brock Osweiler or Paxton Lynch, anyone?), there's no guarantee Lock won't be a complete bust. And since Denver's terrible record now guarantees a lofty pick in the next draft, most cell-phone commentators feel it's important to know whether Lock sucks now.
See what we mean by counting down our choices for the twenty most memorable post-Bills-embarrassment tweets below.