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Top Tweets on Broncos Win, World's Dumbest Quarterback Controversy

Quarterback Brett Rypien during a post-game interview following the Denver Broncos' 37-28 victory over the New York Jets.
Quarterback Brett Rypien during a post-game interview following the Denver Broncos' 37-28 victory over the New York Jets.
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For once, the Denver Broncos weren't predictable. The squad is excellent at humiliating itself on national television, so a fourth consecutive loss during the October 1 Thursday Night Football match-up against the woeful New York Jets seemed pre-destined, particularly given that the starting quarterback was Brett Rypien, an undrafted Boise State alum whose main claim to fame is being the nephew of Super Bowl-winning Washington standout Mark Rypien.

Somehow, though, Denver managed to come out on top of a 37-28 score, likely guaranteeing the pink-slipping of Jets head coach and ex-Broncos assistant Adam Gase. But even though the 0-4 Jets appear to be the worst team in the NFL right now, Mile High City diehards unwilling to give up on a season that already seems doomed responded to the victory on Twitter by debating who the outfit's QB going forward should be: Rypien; backup Jeff Driskel, whom the Boise boy replaced; newly signed veteran and The Good Place punchline Blake Bortles; or supposed future-of-the-franchise Drew Lock, who should recover from his latest injury within a few weeks.

If this seems a bit like trying to decide which of the Three Stooges is likeliest to cure cancer (my money's on Curly), you're not wrong.

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Rypien, for his part, showed plenty of spunk and an ability to hurl the ball deep downfield that has been lacking in his predecessors. But he also displayed a proclivity for rookie mistakes capable of provoking coronaries, as epitomized by his three (count ’em, three) interceptions: the first on a ball he was actually trying to toss away, the last two, including a pick six, on hurls to receivers so blanketed by multiple defenders that the tableau could have passed for a slumber party. If the Jets' defense hadn't otherwise been as porous as a screen door, and if NYJ signal caller Sam Darnold displayed the slightest competence for longer than a few seconds at a time, Denver would still be winless. Period.

Now, however, Broncos fans are blessed with a sporting weekend during which they don't have to worry about a frustrating loss ruining their viewing pleasure. The collective will next take the field on October 11 versus the Cam Newton-led New England Patriots, giving social media lovers loads of opportunities to hash over whether Rypien, Bortles, Driskel or a certain free-agent quarterback who remains available to any team willing to take a chance on a controversial figure will give the team the best chance to score a second W in a row.

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