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Mason's Mailbag: How much can QB improvement help the overall team?

You can tweet questions to me with the hashtag #AskMase or use the submission form to your right (if you're viewing on a standard browser) or at the bottom of the page if you're on the mobile site.*

What is your opinion in that adding a new quarterback, free agent or rookie, would change the woes on offense?

-- John Webster

It will not solve every problem, but it will help immensely. While the offense had multiple issues last year, it did receive improved play from the offensive line and produced its first 1,000-yard rusher since 2013. Meanwhile, the Broncos' team-wide passer rating was the second-lowest in the league, ahead of only the Browns.

Not all of that can be laid at the feet of the quarterbacks, but with better play from the position, even a league-average rating could have been mustered despite the issues elsewhere on that side of the football.

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Of all the names being tossed around for a free agent QB why is Teddy Bridgewater's name never mentioned? He had a very high ceiling before he got hurt.**

*-- Wayne Gould *

On our weekday radio show, "First and Ten at Ten" on Orange and Blue 760 from 10 a.m. to noon MST, I've discussed the possibility of Bridgewater with Ring of Famer Steve Atwater and Ryan Edwards. My argument for considering Bridgewater as a possible, cost-effective target who could be part of a competition for a team is based on three points:

1) His last possession of any consequence saw him lead the Vikings downfield in a high-pressure situation against an elite defense (that of the 2015 Seahawks) for what should have been a game-winning drive in a playoff game, had the field-goal attempt at the end of it not been botched.

2) Bridgewater came into the league with the willingness to throw into tight windows, which put him ahead of many quarterbacks who have to adjust to the lack of wide berths given to receivers running downfield. This allowed him to quickly adjust and find his footing, and by his second season as a starter he was already a competent quarterback. According to pro-football-reference.com, Bridgewater's completion percentage in his first two seasons is the second-highest of any quarterback (minimum 250 attempts) in NFL history.

3) Although the situations are not exactly the same, there exists the possibility that he could be a value signing along the lines of Drew Brees in 2006. Brees hit free agency that year coming off of a torn labrum suffered in his final game with the San Diego Chargers. In fact, there was some debate over whether Brees or Daunte Culpepper was the better free-agent play, with many arguing for Culpepper because of Brees' injury. Well, we know how that turned out.

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What's the chance of bringing Peyton Manning back as a QB coach?**

-- Al Keay

I get this question often -- and we've been asked it on the radio, as well -- so let me answer it once in the hopes it will not be asked again: This isn't happening for multiple reasons, including the fact that there is little obvious incentive for one of the best players in league history -- one whose earnings as a player soared into nine figures -- to toil as a position coach, given the grueling hours involved in that line of work.

The analysis, opinion and speculation in this story represents that of the author, gathered through research and reporting, and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Denver Broncos organization.



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