It wasn't one moment or one play, but a series of unfortunate events. But what can the Broncos do about it now?
If you think Patrick has yardage and reception totals in mind as he comes back from a hand injury, think again.
The question is, will the Broncos go the most direct route, or will they keep taking detours on the road to Lock getting his starting shot?
Let's talk about Drew Lock ... and how to build off the positive momentum being built by Vic Fangio's defense ... and the origin of SEVENTY-FIVE!
If Broncos players achieve these five statistical benchmarks the rest of the way, you'll know the team is headed in the right direction, regardless of the W-L ledger at the end of the season.
Vic Fangio had to gather his thoughts before answering a question about Garett Bolles following yet another game in which Bolles was called for holding.
And if the Broncos commit to a young, cost-controlled QB -- either currently on the roster or in Round 1 of the 2020 NFL Draft -- they can easily afford these players.
A late stop, some heroics from Brandon Allen and a breakthrough game from Noah Fant powered Denver to a win over Cleveland.
It's all about the QB. But if the Broncos can find a young passer, they have the opportunity to mimic the 2012-15 Seahawks' equation for success given what else they've done.
Don't get caught up in the restructure. It's just as easy for the Broncos to cut Flacco now as it was before.
The Broncos' sixth starting QB since Peyton Manning's retirement is an unknown quantity, but he has spurred some confidence in his teammates.
Lock says he's ready. John Elway says he's not. Vic Fangio says they have a plan. But right now, the plan appears to be to waste time.
If the Broncos won't begin getting Lock ready to start in the wake of Joe Flacco's disc injury, something clearly is awry.
And most of those wounds were on the offensive side. That leads to a question as the Broncos seek new life: Is it good for Drew Lock to start with this scheme and tactical emphasis?