The Denver Broncos gave Paxton Lynch each and every opportunity to secure the starting quarterback job. However, in the end the Broncos have opted to stick with quarterback Trevor Siemian under the center to start the 2017 NFL regular-season.
The Broncos’ new head coach Vance Joseph, best known as a defensive backs coach in Miami Dolphins, announced on Monday, August 21, that Siemian will get the start for the forthcoming regular season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers on September 11, calling it a “clear-cut” final decision.
The Broncos first-year head coach had taken pains to split first-team repetitions between the quarterback challengers evenly throughout the training camp period, and each got to start in the first couple of weeks of this year’s preseason. Siemian, a seventh round of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Northwestern University has won the statistical competition, for what that’s worth in the exhibition dress rehearsal, going 14 of 18 for 144 yards to Lynch’s 15 of 22 for only 81 yards and primarily doing a better work of driving the offense down the gridiron.
While Joseph stressed out that the offense “left some points out there” while Lynch was in charge at center, he had the following evaluation of Siemian’s play, via Broncos team website:
“Trevor, he was solid. He was Trevor,” Joseph said. “He made good decisions. His ball placement was on point tonight. He controlled the huddle. So I was pleased with Trevor.”
Joseph cited Siemian’s huge advantage in decision-making as a pivotal part of the results. Siemian also had a intelligible dominance in several other key aspects in how the Broncos coaching staffs and general manager John Elway judged these two talented quarterbacks overall, from their leadership and supervision off the center stage to their knowledge of offensive coordinator Mike McCoy’s playbook and potentiality to immediately determine the defenses and coverage strategies.
Everything the Denver Broncos have seen so far this 2017 NFL preseason, then, made a well founded and reasonable case for Trevor Siemian to start in the regular season, just as he did in 14 games in the previous season. But you can agree that a number of professional football teams around the league would be happy to have a backup quarterback like Lynch on their roster in case of urgent situation.