As the Broncos prepare to defend their Super Bowl championship, they’ll be moving forward with a second-year seventh-rounder as the starting quarterback and a rookie first-rounder as the primary backup, most likely. And yet the team’s top receiver believes the offensive will be better in 2016 than it was in 2015.
“We got the job done and that’s what it really comes down to at the end of the day,” Demaryius Thomas told PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio and NBCSN. “We weren’t perfect, I know of course we wanted our passing game to be better. We were 31st in the passing game but it was something different. Especially in Peyton [Manning’s] offense it was totally different what he did, then Brock [Osweiler] in his appearance he did what he had to do. That’s how he was able to get the contract he did to get on another team.”
This year, there will be one offense at all times.
“It’s just going to be better than what it was,” Thomas said. “I was able to be here this year [for the offseason program]. So everything is going to be better for sure.”
The coaching staff has confidence in starting quarterback Trevor Siemian. Thomas does, too.
“He’s just taken control of the huddle,” Thomas said. “I never even practiced with him, never caught of ball with him when he was here [in 2015]. When he gets in the game he’s in control not shy or stuck up or anything. He’s just ready to go.”
I asked Thomas where Siemian needs to work to improve, and Thomas had a hard time coming up with any specifics.
“There’s not much you can just put your hand on because he’s mobile, he don’t make bad decisions, he knows his plays, he knows everybody on the field, he knows the checks made,” Thomas said. “So it’s just not one thing I can say, ‘Trevor you need to work on this’. Because he delivers the ball well out of your break. The ball is on time. He just took advantage of his chance and he’s doing a great job.”
He’ll need to do a great job when the regular season starts, or he won’t have the job for long. Thomas seems to acknowledge the possibility of a quarterback change at some point, but he’s not worried it will become an issue in the locker room.
“I don’t think there will be concerns,” Thomas said. “You know, we had a little rocky start last year, rocky road last year. We know we’re gonna be in a situation where we aren’t going to be the best but we will be better than what we were last year. I think Trevor will be fine and whoever will have to play at the time will be fine. Guys are just going to jump on the bandwagon and we’re going to go with it, we’re going to make something happen.”
It will be easier for the offense to make something happen if the defense continues to keep the opposing offense from making things happen. Thomas thinks the defense can be better, which definitely will help the offense, regardless of who the quarterback may be.