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Broncos will make quarterback decision on game day

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 2:  Quarterback Paxton Lynch #12 of the Denver Broncos controls the offense during the fourth quarter of an NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on October 2, 2016 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images) Getty Images

Ideally, every team would like to avoid any and all injuries to their starting quarterbacks. When an injury to a quarterback happens, however, various opportunities arise.

For starters, the team can try to conceal the identity of its starter. That’s precisely what the Broncos are doing, given the injury to Trevor Siemian.

“I’d take it all the way to game day,” coach Gary Kubiak told reporters regarding when he’ll decide on a starter for Week Five. “I trust Trevor. He knows exactly what we’re doing and he’s very bright. He’s on top of everything today. He’s a part of the walk-throughs and everything that we’re doing so he’s on top of everything. We’ll just see where he’s at physically.”

The second opportunity comes from getting increased first-team practice reps for first-round rookie Paxton Lynch. Which happened on Wednesday, and possibly will happen on Thursday and Friday.

Even if Siemian doesn’t practice, he thinks he’ll be able to play.

“I think so,” Siemian told reporters. “I think you have to be able to. You don’t get enough reps during the week as it is for every look. You have to make the most of what you see on tape and what you see in practice and go from there.”

The third flows from the potential decision to stick with Lynch until Siemian is truly “100 percent” — along with the ability to apply a very high bar to the definition of “100 percent.” That way, Lynch can be used without benching Siemian, and Siemian can be reinserted without benching Lynch.

Regardless of whether the third one becomes a reality, the first two currently are happening. Which will make it harder for the Falcons to be fully prepared to face whoever the quarterback may be.

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17 Responses to “Broncos will make quarterback decision on game day”
  1. chippys lost binky says: Oct 5, 2016 7:50 PM

    The Falcons could always call Rex Ryan and see what his sources inside the Broncos organization have told him, lol.

    Maybe they don’t legitimately know who the starter is going to be and maybe they do but once fate has dealt you an extra hole card it would be stupid to flip it early. Elway & Kubiak are a lot of things, stupid isn’t one of them

  2. bullogne says: Oct 5, 2016 7:55 PM

    The Falcons run the same offensive system as the Broncos.
    (Kyle Shanahan former OC for Kubiak who was former OC for Mike Shanahan)
    They should be able to prepare for the Broncos no matter who is QB.

  3. thejesusofcool says: Oct 5, 2016 7:56 PM

    Goodbye Trevor. Thanks!

  4. therealzeitgeist says: Oct 5, 2016 8:02 PM

    Bronco QB dilemma is what Browns fan calls a ‘first-world problem.’

  5. maiphatdong says: Oct 5, 2016 8:13 PM

    i think Matt Ryan is going to be highly ineffective this week, he makes a lot of stupid choices throwing the ball, and thats not a good thing against this Broncos D

  6. jackedupboonie says: Oct 5, 2016 8:56 PM

    Unless Bronco D has a first quarter lapse to start. I don’t see Atlanta getting more than 17 points. As much as I want to hate on Denver, they are fun to watch defensively and do not make many detrimental mistakes on offense. Atlanta has to play their best to even get a lead in this game.

  7. averagjoe says: Oct 5, 2016 9:41 PM

    Exactly how the Cowboys should be handling their QB situation…”until Romo is 100%”…. which, with Romo’s porcelain bones, may be never.

  8. bigdbroncsfan says: Oct 5, 2016 11:26 PM

    The Broncos defense was designed to stop an offense exactly like Matt Ryan and the Falcons. After all, this defense was the result of John Elway remaking the Broncos to do what Seattle did to Payton Manning in his first SB with Denver. So, yeah, one would think that Talib, Von, Harris, Wolfe and company should have plenty of opportunity to turn Matt Ryan into a rookie. Seems to be what Denver does to QBs.

    However, this is the NFL, Atlanta appears to be a solid team with a very good QB/ WR combo, and anything can happen on any given Sunday.

    I expect Denver to give Ryan a taste of what they do best, but I don’t think it will be easy. This will be a test for both teams, and we will have a fantastic show, killer D against quick strike high flying O.

    Go Denver, and may the Broncos “D” eat well come Sunday.

  9. iseek11 says: Oct 6, 2016 12:14 AM

    A lot of teams give lipservice to their backup with comments about not needing to change for them but the tape says otherwise. But it’s true in Denver. When they called in Lynch off the bench it was 3rd and 7 right before 2 minute warning with only a 14-7 lead. They had him throw a pass. It was incomplete and they punted. After a 3 and out by Tampa we got it back with 1:40+ left. Most teams have their rookie take a knee or rin the ball and hold the lead into halftime. But Kubiak had Lynch throw 7 straight passes and then a FG for a 17-7 halftime lead. That’s pretty risky. If the rookie throws a pick 6 it’s tied at halftime with your opponent gaining momentum. But instead Lynch felt trusted and confident. This team is making all the right moves.

  10. Sinuous Sausage says: Oct 6, 2016 12:41 AM

    I watched some Falcons highlights from the last few weeks. Firstly, Julio Jones is even more freakish than you think given how poorly thrown many of Matt Ryan’s passes were. Scary to think but he could’ve posted significantly more yardage than even his 300+ last week.

    Secondly, they weren’t playing the friggin Raiders. They ran train on the (formerly) vaunted Panthers defense. I’d be much more skeptical of the Falcons’ offensive prowess if they had only beat up on the Saints and the NorCal Penal League but they embarrassed a pretty good defense.

    I’d call this Denver’s biggest test yet. If they can smother the high-flying Dirty Birds I think I’d feel comfortable labeling them the Super Bowl favorites at this juncture. I feel the Denver offense has overperformed expectations and will continue to do so as the season wears on. It’s hard to overstate how bullish I am on their future at the QB position. The defense still lacks that vicious interior pash rush of old but Wolfe’s reemergence against Tampa hopefully portends its return. I feel if they can get to Ryan in the early stages his already-errant throws will only find their way more directly into the Broncos’ waiting arms. A 27-20 scoreline (either way) would not shock me

  11. broncosgreatestfan says: Oct 6, 2016 3:45 AM

    The Paxton Lynch era is here!

  12. weepingjebus says: Oct 6, 2016 7:33 AM

    Ah, so what people call cheating if the Patriots do it is mere gamesmanship by everyone else. What a surprise.

  13. mindthegap says: Oct 6, 2016 8:33 AM

    @maiphatdong- yes- Ryan made 500+ yards of stupid choices last week and he must be the dumbest quarterback in the league to lead the league in passing yards.

  14. yourunclerico says: Oct 6, 2016 8:44 AM

    it wont matter. that line gets away with so much holding I could look like a star qb.
    would be great to get an evenly called game for once, but it wont happen with the nfl’s newest little orange toys.
    WWNFL. The fix is in!

  15. yourunclerico says: Oct 6, 2016 8:45 AM

    jackedupboonie says:
    Oct 5, 2016 8:56 PM
    Unless Bronco D has a first quarter lapse to start. I don’t see Atlanta getting more than 17 points. As much as I want to hate on Denver, they are fun to watch defensively and do not make many detrimental mistakes on offense. Atlanta has to play their best to even get a lead in this game.
    ========
    they actually make a ton of mistakes, like head hunting – but are allowed to get away with it. dont confuse bias with greatness, because although they have a good team, it sure the hell isnt great.

  16. bspurloc says: Oct 6, 2016 9:24 AM

    .
    more of this nonsense…
    the QB doesnt matter in Denver, its the defense they need to worry about.
    everyone wants to be a belicheck.

  17. Sinuous Sausage says: Oct 6, 2016 9:50 AM

    it wont matter. that line gets away with so much holding I could look like a star qb.
    would be great to get an evenly called game for once, but it wont happen with the nfl’s newest little orange toys.

    they actually make a ton of mistakes, like head hunting – but are allowed to get away with it. dont confuse bias with greatness, because although they have a good team, it sure the hell isnt great.

    Such bitterness. What’s the motive for the favoritism this time? Last year it was to make Peyton look good in his swansong. Tipping the scales for the Broncos in the first season after his retirement runs counter to that purpose. So which one is it? Or is there a deeper, darker conspiracy I’m missing here? Or is possible you’re just spouting nonsense?

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