Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio has reviewed the film from Brett Rypien’s first career start at quarterback in the NFL and came away with net positive reviews.
During Week 4, Rypien completed 19-of-31 pass attempts for 242 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions in Denver’s 37-28 victory against the now 0-4 New York Jets on Thursday Night Football.
“I thought Brett’s play was good in light of everything. I was surprised with the interceptions, particularly the first one, that was a bad decision on his part to even try and fit that ball in there, there was nowhere for it to be fit,” Fangio said in a video conference.
“But I also loved some of the throws he made, down the field, touchdown pass to Tim [Patrick]. Managed the operation good, we went from giving up 12, 13, 14 sacks in the two previous games to none, and he definitely played a part in that.”
Fangio has not named a starting quarterback for Week 5 when Denver plays New England. Drew Lock, who started the season as the Broncos No. 1 QB, hurt his shoulder in Week 2 against Pittsburgh.
According to Fangio, Lock has a 50/50 chance to return for the matchup with Bill Belichick and the Patriots. However, if the 2019 second round pick isn’t ready to go, Rypien will be the starter again and Fangio has confidence in the quarterback with Canadian lineage.
“Overall very pleased with his play, not pleased with three interceptions,” Fangio said. “If he has to play this coming week in New England he’ll be better for it.”