Case Keenum seems like a good guy.
He even had us convinced for a minute that there was a path out of the malaise, maybe even to the playoffs. That was short-lived as the Denver Broncos immediately parlayed their 6-6 record into a depressing 6-8 with consecutive losses to San Francisco and Cleveland.
The problem is, Keenum is very cookie-cutter. From his overt religion to his family, demeanor even his haircut, nothing stands out about Keenum. Take his opponent on Sunday, Baker Mayfield. Mayfield talks different, acts different, has a personality that’s captured Cleveland fans and brought a legitimacy to the Browns they haven’t had since Bernie Kosar.
From that standpoint, even though I’ve been super critical of all the unearned praise heaped on this young man, Chad Kelly may have at least been an entertaining gladiator for the Broncos. It’s hard to believe that everyone in the NFL has passed on Kelly repeatedly without cause but the Broncos have literally nothing to lose with a probably lame-duck coach, an ownership dispute, a GM that has struggled to replenish talent on the roster.
Speaking of nothing-to-lose, there’s another no-risk option that I’ve mentioned before and deserves mentioning again. Colin Kaepernick. If he can play, great, if he can’t cut him. It’s that simple and that risk-free. Broncos fans can bleat all they want, Denver isn’t getting a top-3 pick in the draft this year and even if they did, there’s no sure bets at quarterback. Teddy Bridgewater is about the only guy that should be available in free-agency so Denver is going to have to be creative in their ongoing quarterback search.
Kelly or Kaepernick are worth looking into. Maybe acquiring Joe Flacco from Baltimore would stop the bleeding while the search for a permanent replacement can continue. Whatever the case, neither Case Keenum nor Kevin Hogan are the answer. The clock is ticking on the SB 50 stars, it might be time to cut that era loose: