Sanchez only has a slight edge in Broncos’ QB race

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When the Broncos traded for quarterback Mark Sanchez — and didn’t acquire any other quarterbacks this offseason — it appeared that he was set to be the team’s starter. But there’s no guarantee of that.

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak has said repeatedly that Sanchez will have to earn the job in a competition with last year’s seventh-round pick Trevor Siemian and this year’s first-round pick Paxton Lynch.

Troy Renck of the Denver Post thinks Sanchez has only a “slight edge” over Siemian heading into training camp, and Renck thinks Sanchez has to win the job over Siemian, as opposed to the job being Sanchez’s to lose.

Siemian has the advantage that he’s the only Broncos quarterback who has spent a year in Kubiak’s offense. Lynch isn’t expected to be ready to start in Week One, but the Broncos didn’t draft him in the first round to sit him on the bench forever. So Sanchez needs to look good in training camp and the preseason to earn the job, and he needs to play well to keep the job.

Sanchez’s history in the NFL suggests he’s unlikely to play well consistently. Which means it’s easy to envision Sanchez either failing to earn the starting job or earning it but not keeping it.

Unfortunately, Siemian and Lynch haven’t proven that they can be NFL starting quarterbacks, either. The good news for the Broncos is their defense proved last year that it can take the team far, even if the quarterback isn’t playing well.

46 responses to “Sanchez only has a slight edge in Broncos’ QB race

  1. If either Tebow or Manziel were brought in by the Broncos, they’d have the clear edge to be the starting QB (although they wouldn’t make the roster for any of the other teams).

  2. If it wasn’t for the fact Sanchez is terrible… I’d call this genius

  3. I still don’t understand how a defending SB champ goes into the season with such a giant hole at QB. Yes the defense is very good, but at the most important position on the field they have no one to remotely scare opposing defenses. D cords will be showing a lot of 8 men in the box, stuff the run schemes starting the season against them. The Larry, Moe and Curly trio at QB will be dared to pass a bunch the 1st 1/2 of the season till someone shows he can move the chains, put points up when they’re in the red zone.

  4. The good news was “pay a ton” (or now known as HGH neck) was one of the worst QB’s in the nfl last year and they still won. The bad news is that would never happen twice in a row

  5. He’ll win out and soon enough he can get back to racing down the field to throw interceptions in the end zone again.

  6. Hilarious! they spin this like its a good thing. this team is phucked!
    the best part – no manning swan song storyline so the WWNFL will (possibly) call the games a little more fairly. maybe stop letting this defense get away with mugging and make them play by the same rules. that would be refreshing.
    then again, horseface is buddies with goodell and they are both cheats so.. maybe its time to move on to canadian football.
    the WWNFL – As Crooked as Boxing!

  7. That’s the opinion of one know-nothing reporter. That being said, history also tells us Senor Buttfumblo will look great in camp and maybe for a few games, then will get amped up and implode.

  8. Great move Elway, waste a first round pick on a QB that is few years from starting in this league. You should have paid tagged Osweiler and keep him for another year.

  9. Strictly “Offensively” speaking I think the Broncos are going to have a very challenging year. Peyton spoiled them. Now they are going to find out what its like to just have a very mediocre QB. They have a “great defense” but you can’t expect them to do it all for you.

  10. Siemian outplayed Brock at times last summer and during preseason games but was still recovering from a college knee injury. For those of us who saw him play often, it comes as no surprise that he is putting himself in position to win the starting QB job.

  11. Most of the Broncos off-season problems are right here:

    Only $2,677,546 salary cap space left.

    And it’s a big problem, just ask Von Miller. I don’t know how they are going to re-sign him, and he is such a great player.

    The Jets have the same problem with Fitzpatrick.

  12. Manning did not play well last year, but you know what? He was still one of the smartest, savviest QB’s in the history of the league. Defenses still had to take that into consideration when playing against him last year. They still had to respect that.

    Neither of these QB’s bring that kind of experience or brain power to the Broncos this year. Sanchez is way to careless with the ball. The rookie is just, a rookie.

    Denver fans who say “well, the QB stunk last year” don’t really get it. Manning wasn’t great physically, but he knew when and where to throw.

  13. C’mon man, this is not a hard strategy to grasp.

    Manning was not a threat at last season. Everybody knew that going in. His role was not to make big mistakes that cost them games. Usually he did that.

    The Bronco’s need to develop a Franchise QB. They have not had a good one… since Elway.
    Griese, Cutler, Tebow… all a huge ‘nope’.

    Sanchez fills the same role Plummer, Orton and Manning did. He gives them experience, while Siemian and/or Lynch grow up a bit more and develop into that role.

  14. joker65 says:
    Jul 3, 2016 10:11 AM
    Denver fans who say “well, the QB stunk last year” don’t really get it. Manning wasn’t great physically, but he knew when and where to throw.
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    17 picks vs 9 TD’s in 9 games, he may have known “when and where to throw” but it didn’t always quite work out the way he intended. Manning was one of the best players of the cap era but there’s no denying he stunk it up last year. Given his past performance there’s ample reason to expect Sanchez won’t be any worse. The question is whether or not it will be enough

  15. The advantage for Denver is that they have a good GM and personnel department who are going to field a strong overall team. This puts much less pressure on a QB. When Sanchez was in his first two years in the NFL, the Jets had a strong roster, and Sanchez led them to the AFC Championship game both years. QBs generally get better with time. Siemian, on the other hand is a very highly intelligent QB who has been in the system, and who also had the benefit of playing with Peyton Manning. Although Manning wasn’t as physically dominant last season, he certainly has the QB I.Q. that few have ever had. I think we all know by now that the QB position is extremely mental. So there you have two legit starters. Oh, and Lynch. He was the best QB in the draft. Elway, as usually, got another steal on draft day. That’s three legit QBs. All are capable of winning the super bowl with this team. If you think John Elway was a good player, he might even be a better GM. That’s scary, but great news for true Broncos fans.

  16. The Broncos sold their sole by signing Manning and won a Super Bowl. They will not win another Super Bowl any time soon.

  17. Good point about the D carrying this team, but the QB situation was only temporary last year…with Brock or Peyton both stepping up. The Broncos need to be very worried.

  18. The anti-Bronco takes here (especially from Raiderfans) are quite amusing and reveal a total lack of understanding about the team. The Broncos are extremely deep. John Elway and the front office are simply the best in the business. Look at the talent that has been leaving in free agency every year, and yet they still just had 7 players named in the top 100. Quite remarkable. For example, in their first year, OLB’s Shane Ray and Shaq Barrett had a combined 10 sacks in reserve roles. Both will be much improved in their second season and could start right now and be an upgrade for several teams in the NFL. So go ahead and keep hating, we Bronco fans love it, because we understand we will be the ones laughing last when the real games start. The Broncos are still a supremely talented team, with one of the top coaching staffs in the league and are going to be right in the hunt for the AFC, as they always have been since John Elway’s return…five straight Division titles and counting….

  19. the best thing about sanchez are his nicknames…butt fumble and dirty sanchez. he stinks.

    denv has issues…starting with QB position.

    good bye playoffs. afc west playoff teams will be some combination of kc and oak.

    denv made a deal with the deal re: pay TONE…and now it is time to pay up.

  20. Sanchez doesn’t HAVE to play franchize well, he just has to manage the team. It seems everybody
    is so damned locked into a QB HAS to play at a Tom Brady Level to win. Terry Bradshaw wasn’t the best QB in the world but he didn’t make mistakes, same goes for Bart Starr, and a whole lot of other winning QB’s. People forget this is a TEAM game and even tho 50 yard bombs 60 yard Hail Mary passes make good Sunday night Replay they don’t always win games.
    But Sanchez being spotty comes down to laziness and film study. he HAS Starting QB physical skills, he just has to learn to put 100% into 16 games! The guy played at a pretty high standard with the Jets for a couple years because he had a decent surrounding team.

  21. If the Broncos don’t have the money to sign Von then how in the world could they afford to sign a very mediocre Brock Osweiler. Explain this ridiculous assertion.

  22. I don’t see the problem here, all Denver needs is an average QB, they don’t need a good one….their Defense is still the best in the NFL. I see Denver back in the Super Bowl…sorry Tom Shady but you won’t beat Denver….

  23. Manning was a wizard at QB, he was terrible but throwing the ball but his brain and eyes didnt decline, he could still read a defense and manage a game properly. Sanchez and these 2 rookies havent shown they can even do that. The defense will be fine but this offense is going to be terrible.

  24. He CAN get you wins with his limited abilities,but the defense should carry them to at least a wild card, but that’s where it ends – I don’t see them a serious threat in the playoffs + ALL bets are off if Brady beats “Deflategate 2.0”

  25. Sanchez has to learn all he’s ever really been is a back up QB, once he accepts that, things will be much easier for him.

  26. araidersfan says:
    Jul 3, 2016 7:49 AM
    If either Tebow or Manziel were brought in by the Broncos, they’d have the clear edge to be the starting QB (although they wouldn’t make the roster for any of the other teams).
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    Course they would. Bearing in mind that one hasn’t started a game since he was a Broncos player and hasn’t played in a Regular Season game in two years, and the other is banned for the first four games. Gotta say, it’s looking like you have an obvious bias against the Broncos. Or maybe your Username gives that away.

  27. patriots123456 says:
    Jul 3, 2016 9:54 AM
    Most of the Broncos off-season problems are right here:

    Only $2,677,546 salary cap space left.

    And it’s a big problem, just ask Von Miller. I don’t know how they are going to re-sign him, and he is such a great player.

    The Jets have the same problem with Fitzpatrick.
    ________________

    Umm what? Jets certainly do not have problem with Fitz and already moved on without Fitz…

    You patriot fans are trippin as usual.

    Jets never need Fitz, only Patriot does; funny thing is, the series are tied 1-1 Jets vs Pats.

  28. bmoreb says:
    Jul 3, 2016 7:08 AM
    Well, he’s in a load of trouble if he can’t beat out Sieman
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    From what I’ve seen, I like the kid. He may be a 7th rounder, but his time will come. Also, being young as he is, he’ll have more than one shot in him before the Broncos move on.

  29. Anyone saying the Broncos are going back to the playoffs is outdated.

    You need a QB to win in this league. It says a lot when Tim Tebow is a better option.

  30. The Broncos D will get exposed this year without the great game management of Peyton Manning.

    Say what you will about his stats last year. He gave his defense a rest and stayed out on the field a long time. You can’t say that about Señor Buttfumble.

  31. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Jul 3, 2016 9:18 AM
    Great move Elway, waste a first round pick on a QB that is few years from starting in this league. You should have paid tagged Osweiler and keep him for another year.
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    Ok.So you clearly know nothing about the franchise tag,Brock Osweiler,Von Miller or the Broncos cap situation.

  32. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says:
    Jul 3, 2016 10:53 AM
    joker65 says:
    Jul 3, 2016 10:11 AM
    Denver fans who say “well, the QB stunk last year” don’t really get it. Manning wasn’t great physically, but he knew when and where to throw.
    ————————————–

    17 picks vs 9 TD’s in 9 games, he may have known “when and where to throw” but it didn’t always quite work out the way he intended. Manning was one of the best players of the cap era but there’s no denying he stunk it up last year. Given his past performance there’s ample reason to expect Sanchez won’t be any worse. The question is whether or not it will be enough

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    Yet, the fact remains that Manning and Osweiler combined to give Denver the 14th best passing attack in the league in terms of yards per game. Everyone wants to restrict the evaluation to just TDs and INTs and I agree, they (Manning) stunk it up….in those stats. But yardage per game, they were slightly above average. For you to say “Sanchez won’t be any worse”, you must believe that he can be the 14th best QB in the league in terms of yards per game. He may not be worse in TDs and INTs but I just don’t see him being the 14th best QB in terms of yards per game. But, Denver fans can keep believing that. We shall see

  33. If Broncos trade for Josh McCown (would be cheap), they would win the freakin Super Bowl again with that D. Makes good decisions, good arm, modern day better version of Dilfer on the Ravens. But to waste that D on Sanchez, Lynch, #whoever, is a sin.

  34. Yards receiving doesn’t count either. Manning completely mostly short and medium passes. The receiving corp did a lot running with those passes. And many here talk about the Denver offense having yet to see it. Manning rarely ran it. The Kubiak offense is the same one Shanahan ran. And not the cheesy rg3 one. What they ran with Cousins. Manny didn’t do much rolling out or naked bootlegs. 20% of the offense is rollouts, not one every third game. Sanchez can roll and throw. So can Trevor. The offense will be much better. Re-sign Miller and another Superbowl is pretty much guaranteed.

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