When Drew Lock was at Mizzou, he had three different offensive coordinators and three different QB coaches. He is on his second set in his second year in the NFL.
Drew Lock has been through this before.
The former starter for the Mizzou football team played with three different offensive coordinators in his four seasons as quarterback for the Tigers. He had three different quarterback coaches as well. And now, he is seeing that change in the NFL.
The Broncos announced Tuesday that they have hired Mike Shula, the former head coach of Alabama, as the QB coach for the team. Shula comes on staff from the New York Giants, where he worked for former head coach Pat Shurmur, who earlier was named the offensive coordinator for Denver after he was let go by the Giants after the season.
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Lock’s freshman year he had Josh Henson as his offensive coordinator and longtime Tigers assistant Andy Hill was the quarterbacks coach. Those duties changed the following season, when Josh Heupel was named the offensive coordinator, and he served as the guy who would lead Lock in the QB room.
Heupel coached Lock and the Tigers for two years before moving on to be the head coach at Central Florida. That’s when former Tennessee Volunteers head coach Derek Dooley came in, and he coached Lock’s last year at Missouri. He also was the quarterbacks coach.
Stability wasn’t what Lock had in CoMo, and that should help the now second-year QB in the NFL. Last year, the Broncos hired Rich Scangarello to run the offense and T.C. McCartney to coach the quarterbacks. But this month, both were fired.
And now they have Shurmur and Shula. The pair of offensive minds coached rookie Daniel Jones last season while in New York. Now, they get the chance to work with the guy New York didn’t take in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Shurmur’s son, Kyle, the former Vanderbilt quarterback who played against Lock multiple times in college, played for the Kansas City Chiefs this year. While at the Super Bowl this week, Shurmur said his dad is excited to work with the former Tiger QB.
If he and Shula spend longer than two seasons there, that will be a change for Lock.