For Mike Kurowski’s household, choosing sides in the Broncos’ quarterback battle just isn’t an possibility.
Even though most of Broncos State have a own most loved among Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater as the two contend for Denver’s starting occupation, Kurowski has stayed neutral. And for fantastic explanation, serving as both equally Lock’s and Bridgewater’s equipment supervisor in higher education at Missouri and Louisville.
“I do not imagine I have labored with much too lots of individuals much better than all those two,” claimed Kurowski, who is currently Missouri’s director of machines. “To have each of them on the similar workforce is great.”
In excess of the decades, Lock and Bridgewater have shared a distinctive bond with Kurowski, who considers the two quarterbacks far more like family members than previous players. His two sons, Garyt and Madden, have a shut partnership with both equally, hunting up to Lock and Bridgewater like older brothers. The family has even long gone as considerably as naming their household puppy — a golden doodle puppy — “Teddy Lock.”
So it’s almost certainly safe and sound to say there are few people extra invested in the Broncos’ quarterback battle this fall than the Kurowskis.
“We clearly consider a good deal of equally of them,” Kurowski explained. “And I would convey to Broncos supporters, whichever 1 can make it, you have absolutely received a winner and a human being, or individuals, that are unquestionably likely to represent Denver the metropolis and the Broncos corporation with class and integrity. They’re heading to do anything you want as a quarterback on and off the area.”
Kurowski to start with fulfilled Bridgewater in 2011 when the latter was on his formal stop by to Louisville. Given that then, the two have come to be exceptionally close, as Bridgewater has constructed a distinctive partnership with 13-calendar year-outdated Garyt, who dons No. 5 and consistently texts with Bridgewater.
“He was as humble then as he is now. What you see of Teddy now just after staying in Minnesota, New York, New Orleans, Carolina and now Denver, he is the exact same Teddy he was when he came on his recruiting take a look at in 2011,” said Kurowski, who was Louisville’s director of gear from 2009-17. “Always has a smile on his confront, superior character, positive — not a rah, rah man, but appreciates how to direct without yelling. His character is infectious. That smile is just some thing everyone gravitates towards. And my oldest son and Teddy actually have a exclusive bond to the stage that Teddy nevertheless reaches out. Which is sort of wherever it genuinely hits residence with us.”
Kurowski joined Missouri’s team in 2017 and, like Bridgewater, promptly hit it off with Lock, who was a junior at Missouri at the time. What he recalled most about Lock was leadership skills, supporting make everybody in the program really feel essential.
“Drew’s pretty near to us as well,” Kurowski explained. “We type of gravitated to each individual other fairly fast when I bought listed here. He’s incredibly significantly the similar as Teddy, but he qualified prospects in a tiny bit diverse way. Drew has a tiny stink to him — he is got a gunslinger mentality to him. He gets a minimal fiery when he requires to and he’ll permit you know. But he also has the aspect of currently being a trainer. And the 1 issue I will never ever forget about with Drew was his connection with the offensive line, and I know every single quarterback is meant to have that partnership, but he experienced a exclusive romantic relationship with that group his junior and senior calendar year.”
When Bridgewater was traded to the Broncos in April, Kurowski texted each about how fired up he was to see them on the similar crew. Small did he know the two experienced achieved two years prior at Super Bowl LIV media days and spoke briefly about their particular link to the Kurowski family.
Now equally on the Broncos, Kurowski thinks Lock and Bridgewater will be good for just about every other, as both of those try out to show on their own as the franchise’s future quarterback.
“I believed this could be the most effective for equally of them,” Kurowski said. “They are equally really identical in their demeanor and anything. And the two want to gain, but both equally do assist each individual other. And I thought each performed really well final week. I would not want to be in the sneakers of (mentor Vic Fangio) with which a person to go with.”
A conclusion involving the two seems to be imminent, with the preseason video game versus Seattle possible to be the remaining deciding component. But no matter who wins, Lock or Bridgewater, the Kurowskis will be rocking plenty of orange and blue this year.
“The Kurowski loved ones is in a win-win scenario,” Kurowski stated. “The most difficult selection will be which jersey to dress in.”