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Is Teddy Bridgewater good enough to take the Broncos' elite roster to the playoffs?

Aug 28, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) prepares to pass in the first quarter during a preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos settled on Teddy Bridgewater as their starting quarterback heading into the 2021 NFL regular season, but that brought about more questions than answers.

Is it enough?

Denver's roster otherwise looks ready to contend for a Super Bowl, but whether Drew Lock or Bridgewater won the starting job, the team is weak on paper at the game’s most important position.

While Lock brings the chaos of high variance — he was a top-10 quarterback last season in big-time throw rate but a bottom-10 signal-caller in turnover-worthy play rate — Bridgewater is a much steadier influence at the position. The Broncos are likely banking on the rest of the roster being good enough that Bridgewater can simply steer the ship in the right direction.

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Though every NFL team is looking for an elite quarterback, the teams without one have to make a choice on a style of play at the position, which makes a big difference even if the overall level of production and performance is similar between players.

There has always been a place for a “game manager” for teams whose supporting cast is good enough. Peyton Manning won his second Super Bowl as a game manager. Manning’s arm was shot by that point in his career, and he was actually worse than Brock Osweiler in overall production that year.

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