Broncos’ quarterback competition described as wide open

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Most people think Mark Sanchez has more or less won the Broncos’ quarterback competition before the competition even started, as neither of the other two quarterbacks on the roster — rookie Paxton Lynch and second-year player Trevor Siemian — is viewed as ready to play this season.

But that assumption may be wrong.

According to Andrew Mason of Broncos.com, the Broncos are having a “a wide-open competition.” Broncos coach Gary Kubiak says he hasn’t made a decision yet.

“When he says it’s going to be an open competition, he means it,” Mason said of Kubiak. “Don’t assume anything.”

Lynch and Siemian are getting some work with the first-string offense at Organized Team Activities, and although Sanchez is clearly the favorite, all three quarterbacks are going to get the opportunity to show who deserves to be the starter.

39 responses to “Broncos’ quarterback competition described as wide open

  1. Like deciding between a pile of garbage and a pile of manuer. Both are cheap but both stink. Good luck, your defense could be the 85 bears but your not winning with these qb’s.

  2. Who is kidding who. You have Trevor Siemian who threw as many pick as TD’s in college. His senior year 7TD’s verses 11 interceptions and averaged a whopping 5.6 yards per throw. His claim to fame is folding under pressure so I am sure he looks great in a red jersey. Paxton Lynch was an unfinished, erratic product in college and is at least a year away so that leaves a mediocre Sanchez. Reality says the Broncos who have also lost players from their dominate defense are in trouble.

  3. Any way you slice it, the QB situation is no worse than last year.

    My guess is whoever plays this year will be equivalent of Osweiller, and since all of these three guys combined cost less than Osweiller wanted it was wise to let him go.

    I see the offense improving to a middle-of-the pack status and the defense clinging to a top 5 status.

    Somebody else could win the AFC west for the first time in 5 years but the Broncs ought to be good enough to snag a wild-card spot.

  4. Broncos should consider themselves lucky they couldn’t afford the high-priced Bradford and his idiot agent.

  5. I will tip my hat to the Broncos if they are in the hunt this season.. Their QB situation looks dicey. The Raiders and Chargers are vastly improved, the Chiefs are very solid and I think it will be tough for them to maintain a level of intensity needed to be an elite team.. We shall see..

  6. Sanchez is THE luckiest guy in the world. By all statastics, he should never have a starting position as a QB again. THEN Denver basically screws up every plan they had for a starting QB and all of the sudden you see Mark Sanchez sitting here as the favorite to become the starter of the defending Championship team. Unbelievable! This guy was extremely lucky to find another job as a backup somewhere , let alone become a starter. I hope he understands that he didn’t really earn this opportunity. The stars were in alignment. Don’t blow this chance.

  7. This story and the story about Fitzpatrick getting 7 million a year show that Kaepernick has no value close to what is in his head. If he plays for the 49ers this year and gets hurt, I believe they are on the hook for next year. This is why my prediction is Kaepernick gets cut before the season

  8. Bronco’s 2016 season cannot be worse at QB and has upside they didn’t have last season.

    Bronco’s felt compelled to play Manning… who played mediocre-to-poor at best. Bronco’s won the Super Bowl for him… bet he’s TOTALLY stoked he didn’t pick Titans.

  9. What the hell are you talking about no worse? You’d rather have mark sanchez than a declining Peyton? Let me tell you something about the old guy who played well enough to not lose you a super bowl, that guy ain’t there anymore and the guy who is will play bad enough to the point id be surprised if you made the playoffs…have fun with that

  10. To those saying these QBs can be no worse than Manning was last season…..get a grip people. Manning’s physical skills may have diminished but he still had his ability to read a defense and change plays at the line. This is a huge part of the game that many of you still undervalue. Denver fans better hope Miller and their defense stays very healthy all season because the Denver offense will be lucky to average 12 points per game.

  11. Hater logic. Because Denver will likely suffer a SB hangover, they would be much better off by not having won the SB???? Wow!

  12. officialgame says:
    May 30, 2016 8:15 AM
    Who is kidding who. You have Trevor Siemian who threw as many pick as TD’s in college. His senior year 7TD’s verses 11 interceptions and averaged a whopping 5.6 yards per throw. His claim to fame is folding under pressure so I am sure he looks great in a red jersey. Paxton Lynch was an unfinished, erratic product in college and is at least a year away so that leaves a mediocre Sanchez. Reality says the Broncos who have also lost players from their dominate defense are in trouble.

    They lost two starters from their base defense and 1 starter from their nickel package. That’s it. As Wade said, they basically lost a starter and a half. From the best defense in at least the last several years. Reality says you need to brush up on your facts before you spill your drivel.

  13. nhpats says:
    May 30, 2016 9:48 AM
    To those saying these QBs can be no worse than Manning was last season…..get a grip people. Manning’s physical skills may have diminished but he still had his ability to read a defense and change plays at the line. This is a huge part of the game that many of you still undervalue. Denver fans better hope Miller and their defense stays very healthy all season because the Denver offense will be lucky to average 12 points per game.

    True but we also went 5-2 with Osweiler who mentally would freeze up on reads if his main target wasn’t open.

  14. nhpats says:
    May 30, 2016 9:48 AM
    To those saying these QBs can be no worse than Manning was last season…..get a grip people. Manning’s physical skills may have diminished but he still had his ability to read a defense and change plays at the line. This is a huge part of the game that many of you still undervalue. Denver fans better hope Miller and their defense stays very healthy all season because the Denver offense will be lucky to average 12 points per game.
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    The qb needs to put points on the board. If reading a defense has more importance than a qbs physical skills Elway would still be playing qb.

  15. As we Broncos media report on press conferences, we see that Elway and Kubiak are both confident in Siemian. Siemian, himself, has been measured in pressers, but is confident. They’re smarter than everyone else in the room so haters can scorn if they will but the defending champions are the Denver Broncos until they’re not.

  16. Competition is wide open because you have 3 garbage QBs. All 3 will end up seeing at least 1 start this year, and that’s a bad thing.

  17. isithockeyseasonyet says:
    May 30, 2016 9:24 AM
    What the hell are you talking about no worse? You’d rather have mark sanchez than a declining Peyton? Let me tell you something about the old guy who played well enough to not lose you a super bowl, that guy ain’t there anymore and the guy who is will play bad enough to the point id be surprised if you made the playoffs…have fun with that
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    Peyton Manning was the lowest rated QB in the NFL last year when he played. You can hang your hat on his career accomplishments all you want, but the fact is that he was horrifically bad last year, and got benched. If Osweiler had played well, Manning NEVER would have gotten back on the field.

    Chew on this: Mark Sanchez had a QB rating 13 points higher than Manning last year (80 to 67) playing on a 7-9 team that missed the playoffs.

    So you can live off of name recognition all you want, but the facts say that the Broncos are no worse off with 2016 Mark Sanchez than they were with 2015 Peyton Manning.

  18. So why is it Patriots fans are talking smack about this? I don’t see how Garappolo is any better than who the Broncos have and that’s precisely what the issue is until Week 5. Did I miss something? Has Brady’s suspension been rescinded? Worry about a wild card spot as the Jets start the season 4-0. (well, perhaps 3-1, they’ll beat either the Bengals or Seahawks) and you’re 2-2 at best.

  19. nhpats says:
    May 30, 2016 9:48 AM
    To those saying these QBs can be no worse than Manning was last season…..get a grip people. Manning’s physical skills may have diminished but he still had his ability to read a defense and change plays at the line. This is a huge part of the game that many of you still undervalue. Denver fans better hope Miller and their defense stays very healthy all season because the Denver offense will be lucky to average 12 points per game.
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    He was statistically the worst QB in football last year. The worst. I mean, that’s a fact. It’s all well and good that his mind could still read defenses, but if his body can’t do anything with the information, what good is it?

  20. If I am Fitz I sign a one year deal at whatever DEN will pay.

    Stick it to the NYJ and their mind games, and go for the ring.

  21. nflgtcfl says:
    May 30, 2016 11:08 AM
    If I am Fitz I sign a one year deal at whatever DEN will pay.

    Stick it to the NYJ and their mind games, and go for the ring.

    The only ring Fitz is getting is on his wedding day.

  22. As long as you guys and gals are happy with the Butt Fumbler, that’s all that matters.

    We’ll see if your still happy in October.

  23. if its truely a wide open competiton youd invite the fans to partcipate in open tryouts. but im sure that wont hapen thanks to the objections of the nfl players union and there lackeys. Sad!

  24. Sometimes quarterbacks who have failed with teams in the past, experience a renewal or revival when they are given a fresh start with a different team.

    I don’t think that Mark Sanchez will be one of them.

  25. bradjamesbroncositaly says:
    May 30, 2016 10:34 AM

    As we Broncos media report on press conferences, we see that Elway and Kubiak are both confident in Siemian. Siemian, himself, has been measured in pressers, but is confident. They’re smarter than everyone else in the room so haters can scorn if they will but the defending champions are the Denver Broncos until they’re not.
    ________________

    It’s called Trade Baiting.

  26. Last year Trevor Siemian had a better training camp, and outplayed Osweiler in their head to head pre-season games, but sat on the bench as the number three guy. This year he’s the only one on the roster who knows the system going into camp, and if he has a better camp than Sanchez, then maybe he might start on opening day. The Bronco front office is playing this one close to the vest, and all those haters who say they can’t win the AFC West this year are just Jealous Judy’s, because their team couldn’t beat a Bronco team who had an HOF QB, who couldn’t throw thirty yards down the field last year. The Bronco’s win the AFC West for a sixth straight year in 2016.

  27. This offense is so qb friendly. Look what it did with jake plummer when he was traded from the Cardinals to the Broncos just saying…..go look up those stats and tell me which team he had better success in offensive wise…Mark Sanchez will be fine in this system if he gets the gig. Plus that defense is still in tacked. 9 out of the 11 starters is still on that defense 10 if you count Bradley Roby. So for people saying our defense isn’t going to be the same you clearly are forgetting who is the defensive coordinator on this team.

  28. snowdood163 says:
    May 30, 2016 10:16 AM
    From the best defense in at least the last several years. Reality says you need to brush up on your facts before you spill your drivel.
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    Speaking of needing to brush up on facts, the 2013 ‘Hawks had the best D of the last several years. That Broncos D was right up there among the best of this century but it was not better than the Seattle D of just 2 years before. Although it is no sin coming in 2nd behind the best D of the ‘Polian’ era.

  29. Going from Peyton manning to Mark Sanchez is like going from Steak and Lobster to eating out of the garbage can at McDonald’s.
    Feeling bad for ya season ticket holders in Denver!
    Don’t care how good your D is when you don’t have a qb….they all quit

  30. Brock was 5-2 as a starter and you let him walk over a $2 mill difference in contract….absolutely dumb! He knew your offense and timing was great with the WR s
    I still don’t get why they didn’t pay him.
    Enjoy a 7-9 year…if your lucky.

  31. jchipwood says:
    May 30, 2016 10:32 AM
    The qb needs to put points on the board. If reading a defense has more importance than a qbs physical skills Elway would still be playing qb.
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    Doublespeak. It is simplistic to say a QB needs to put points on the board. While an offense does need to put some points on the board the highest points per drive % last year was 43.2. Conversely the teams that lost the turnover battle lost 80% of their games making what a QB doesn’t do with the ball more significant than what he actually does do with it. Griffin, Kaepernick and Mallett may possess better physical skills than Brees, Brady or Manning but the latter are all headed for the HoF while the former are only getting in with a ticket.

  32. Denvers offense will improve no matter who wins the competition. The only thing similar between Lynch and Oz is there height. Lynch has way better mechanics and footwork, his passes will not be getting batted down all game.

    Siemian is the favorite because he’s been in the system for a year and is a bullet throwing machine. As far as what he did in college who cares? Who’s blocking for him? Who’s getting open? Who the hell expects someone to light it up at Northwestern? This is the pros, the talent pool is even now and he has a chance.

    Sanchez will receive the best coaching of his career period. He’s also playing with the best receiving tandem in the league. The line needs to stay healthy and if they do he will be just fine.

    As far as the defense everyone saying it won’t be as good is hilarious. Denver lost the two least important players in their front seven. The big guns are still there.

  33. This team could have gone back to the SB with Osweiler. Elway gambled and lost. But don’t tell that to Denver fans who believe Elway can do no wrong.

  34. Haven’t the Pats fans and fellow haters learned that the Broncos players embrace all the negative talk about their chances of winning? How did that work out for you last year in the league’s final game? Make no mistake, these fellas have no intent to surrender the division to any of the three bridesmaids and want to thump the Raiders and Chiefs at home to avenge last year’s setbacks. As for Pats jealousy, the newest version of the Lombardi resides in Dove Valley and Elway may send you our third wheel when the dust is settled to come out there and unseat Garrapolo!

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