A General Manager usually doesn’t give one-on-one coaching to a starting quarterback, but the situation in Denver, where the G.M. is a Hall of Fame quarterback and the quarterback has never thrown a pass in the NFL, is unusual.
So Broncos G.M. John Elway had a sit-down with quarterback Trevor Siemian. Sal Paolantonio of ESPN reports that Elway wanted Siemian to know that he should be relaxed and confident heading into the game.
“Just go out and play,” Elway said. “Don’t worry about making mistakes. Don’t worry about turnovers. You’re going to make mistakes. But just bounce back.”
Elway, of course, spent a first-round draft pick on quarterback Paxton Lynch, which strongly suggests that Elway doesn’t see Siemian as the long-term answer in Denver. Siemian has been told not to look over his shoulder, but the reality of the NFL is that a first-round quarterback is going to start eventually.
For now, however, Elway and coach Gary Kubiak thinks Siemian gives them the best chance to win. And they want Siemian to know they’re confident in him, at least for tonight against the Panthers.