Are Broncos crazy enough to chase NFL playoff berth without legit backup to quarterback Russell Wilson?


Sooner or later, the Broncos are going to be forced to take the bubble wrap off quarterback Russell Wilson. He better not be fragile, because I’m not sure Denver can win a single NFL regular season game without him.

If games that don’t count in the standings can teach us anything, it’s that Josh Johnson and Brett Rypien are shaky enough to make us miss Teddy Bridgewater.

The battle for No. 2 quarterback is over.

There is no winner.

Backup quarterback? The Broncos don’t have one. If Johnson or Rypien is the answer, the question is: What was Broncos general manager George Paton thinking?

Bring me Taylor Heinicke from Washington. Or Mason Rudolph, who’s stuck in a corner and disgruntled in Pittsburgh. Heck, I’d settle for Blake Bortles. Bring me anybody. Please.

Before Denver heads to Seattle for the season-opener Sept. 12, a team that fancies itself a playoff contender needs a legitimate backup to Wilson.

Denver coach Nathaniel Hackett doesn’t like preseason. Can’t say that I  blame him.

The Broncos are good for little more than inducing an afternoon nap with either Johnson or Rypien at the controls of their offense.

“I think both those guys have done a really good job,” Hackett said Saturday, after a 42-15 loss to Buffalo.

We all know the final score of a football game in August doesn’t matter. But in a camp as relaxed as Club Med, I’m not certain Hackett and this coaching staff always place emphasis on what matters most to a football team. And nothing matters more in the NFL than quarterback efficiency.


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