Broncos’ Drew Lock doesn’t begrudge Joe Flacco for his comments
DENVER — Drew Lock doesn’t begrudge Joe Flacco for saying winning games — not mentoring the rookie quarterback — is his top priority.
“I think if any quarterback’s main goal isn’t focused on winning games, first off, it’s not the quarterback you want on your team,” Lock told the Associated Press Thursday.
On Monday, Flacco, who was acquired from Baltimore in January, said he’s too busy learning a new offense to concern himself with grooming his supposed successor, a stance that drew praise from general manager John Elway and coach Vic Fangio but criticism from the likes of Kurt Warner and other media members who viewed it as selfish.
“I feel like if it would have been like the exact opposite answer, people would have scrutinized him for not wanting to win football games first,” Lock said. “It’s such a double standard there with what people are making out of what he said.”
Lock said his budding relationship with Flacco has been great.
“Me and Joe talk out on the field, talk over things in the QB room. I mean, it’s hard even to think about how couldn’t I learn from the guy when we’re in the same QB room every day and on the same field every day and I get to watch his reps, I get to hear the play calls he’s running in my head through the helmet. I think it was just mainly him stating that, yeah, I do have a young quarterback underneath me right now but don’t forget that I’m here to win football games.
“And he thinks that he can do that, and so do I.”
Lock said he’ll pepper his position coach and offensive coordinator with questions and “when I’ve asked Joe a question, it’s not like he turns a cold shoulder and doesn’t talk to me. He answers, and we talk about things. So I’m appreciative of what he’s done.”
Lock said the brouhaha over Flacco’s statement shows him firsthand what a quarterback town he’s landed in, where Peyton Manning and Elway cast long shadows.
“I knew heading into Denver, they’re going to put a lot of pressure on the ‘Q,’ and if you’re winning ballgames, you’re The Man, and if you’re losing, like any other program, there’s something wrong and we need to figure something out,” Lock said from Los Angeles, where he was signing a batch of Panini NFL trading cards at the NFLPA Rookie Premier. “But I think you can definitely leave a lifelong legacy in the city of Denver if you’re a winning ‘Q’ there. So I think that’s probably one of the cooler things about it.”