Brett Rypien Makes History in First Career Start, Beating Jets 37-28

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The Denver Broncos finally got their first win of the season. With many fans agonizing whether this would mark the second straight 0-4 loss to open the Vic Fangio era, the Broncos came through in Week 4 and beat the New York Jets 37-28. 

A big reason for that was Brett Rypien. As a second-year quarterback, Rypien made his first NFL start on Thursday, doing so on a short-week turnaround with no practice reps and on a brutal, late East Coast start time. 

It was a far from perfect performance but without Rypien, the Broncos don’t find a way to win that 4game. By virtue of the win, though, he carved himself out a nice slice of Broncos history. 

Rypien became just the fifth quarterback in franchise history to lead a fourth-quarter comeback in his first career start.  

Nice work. And it almost didn’t happen. After establishing a two-score lead, Rypien squandered it on back-to-back possessions with an interception, one of which was returned to the house by Jets corner Pierre Desir. 

Many young quarterbacks one year removed from going undrafted would have gone into a shell, after losing the lead in the fourth quarter. Not Rypien. 

He stayed poised and the moment wasn’t too big. Trailing by two points, and facing another 3rd-&-7 at the four-minute mark, Rypien hit wideout Tim Patrick for a massive 31-yard gain down the left sideline, which put the Broncos in position for a Brandon McManus 53-yard field goal, wresting back the one-point lead. 

That put the onus on Jets QB Sam Darnold and the Broncos defense. However, thanks to some solid play in the secondary and a great fourth-down sack from Bradley Chubb, this time, Denver got the defensive stop it needed. 

The Broncos would score one more touchdown on the


Broncos’ Vic Fangio won’t commit to Brett Rypien despite win in his first career start

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The Denver Broncos are still trying to find their placeholder until Drew Lock returns from injury, and they may have that standby in Brett Rypien. Head coach Vic Fangio isn’t ready to commit to the second-year quarterback just yet, though, despite Rypien helping the Broncos capture their first win of the season — in his first career start no less. 

“We have some extra days to think about it, look at the tape and thoroughly analyze it and go with what we think is best,” Fangio said after the Broncos’ victory over the New York Jets Thursday night. 

Rypien finished 19 of 31 for for 242 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw three interceptions in the win — two of which came in the fourth quarter that brought the Jets back in the game as New York even took a one-point lead with 6:23 to play. While Rypien was credited with a fourth quarter comeback, he also showcased some questionable decision making in the game despite moving the offense the majority of the night. 

“It was up and down. I thought there were some good things,” Fangio said. “We hit some big plays, which is always important. But, throwing three interceptions, you’re not going to win many times in this league, but we found a way to win tonight in spite of that which I think is a reflection of the fight that we have in this team, and these players and the commitment they have to each other that we overcome minus three and a pick six.”

Rypien deserves some credit in not getting sacked, aiding a Broncos offensive line that as surrendered 13 of them over the past two games. The Broncos quarterback still received his fair share of hits, but that was from the unnecessary roughness


Broncos QB Brett Rypien shows flashes of his uncle Mark in first career start

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Due to an injury to starting quarterback Drew Lock and poor play from backup Jeff Driskel, the Denver Broncos marched out quarterback Brett Rypien as their starter for Thursday night’s matchup with the New York Jets.

If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Brett is the nephew of former Washington quarterback Mark Rypien, who won two Super Bowls with Washington. Brett Rypien was named the starter earlier in the week after taking over for Driskel late in Week 3, though his head coach had him confused with his uncle.

While the undrafted passer from Boise State was making his first career start on Thursday, there were moments where it sure didn’t look like it during Denver’s 37-28 win. 

Right from the start, Rypien was not afraid to push the ball and let it fly. Some quarterbacks getting their feet wet in the NFL for the first time like to ease into the role and look for the easier plays, not Rypien. His first career touchdown came on a 48-yard bomb to Jerry Jeudy.

The wide receiver made an outstanding play on the ball, but credit to Rypien for noticing the one-on-one matchup and putting the ball in a place where his man could get it.

Later in the first half, Rypien once again went deep downfield to Tim Patrick, showing that he can drop the ball in the bucket with ease. The pass would set up a touchdown for Denver.

The young quarterback continued to shine in the second half, once again connecting with Patrick for his second passing touchdown of the night. This time, Rypien showed his ability to thread the needle, firing the ball in to the only spot it


Mark Rypien Reveals the One Attribute That Gives Nephew Brett a Fighting Chance in First Career Start

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In the Denver Broncos Week 3 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, head coach Vic Fangio benched quarterback Jeff Driskel, inserting Brett Rypien for the team’s final offensive series. While Rypien wasn’t expected to lead an improbable comeback — Denver trailed 28-10 late in the fourth quarter — the 24-year-old signal-caller caffeinated what had been a lackadaisical offense. 

Rypien looked vastly different from Driskel as he confidently diagnosed pre-snap defensive pressures, coverages, and moved the ball. After completing his first eight passes, Rypien was intercepted in the end zone and finished the game 8-of-9 for 53 yards.

On Tuesday, Fangio revealed that Rypien would get his first NFL start against the New York Jets on Thursday Night Football. Obviously, the Broncos coaching staff appreciated Rypien’s sense of urgency to mitigate the pass rush and various blitz packages.

Fangio echoed Broncos offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur when he praised Rypien for his execution and quickness in getting rid of the football.

“He played pretty good in there,” Fangio said this week. “We want to see if that can continue.”

As a second-year quarterback who went undrafted out of Boise State in 2019, Rypien has spent most of his time in Denver on the practice squad with a few activations between last year and this season. But Rypien has already earned a reputation for his preparation.

His last name comes with its own reputation in the NFL. So much so that Fangio mistakenly referred to Brett by his uncle’s first name, Mark, early in the week when announcing that he would start.

His uncle Mark, a 1986 sixth-round draft pick of Washington’s, is confident that his nephew’s penchant for preparation will serve him well in his debut start. 

“I think for anyone that’s played the game or been in the league, that’s