Broncos quarterback competition still far from settled

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For the Browns, the launch of the preseason will come after a starting quarterback has been picked. For the Broncos, the first preseason game will simply be the start of the process.

On Wednesday, coach Gary Kubiak made it clear that he won’t know who the starter is for a while.

“I don’t think anybody has taken off and done anything,” Kubiak told reporters. “I think they’ve all done what they did in the off season. They all continue to do it. We’ll just going here. We’ll start playing some people and playing some games. We’re going to find out.”

The comments came after a practice that left Kubiak unimpressed with his three options: Mark Sanchez, Trevor Siemian, and Paxton Lynch.

“We’ve had some good days. We’ve had some real good days. It just wasn’t as good as it needed to be today,” Kubiak said. “As long as I’ve been doing this, it’s the way it works. You just have to keep going and try to be consistent. That’s what we’re working towards.”

Kubiak added that Lynch, the team’s first-round pick, has been “kind of up and down” and “didn’t practice well” after Tuesday’s day off.

“Pros do it all the time, not every now and then,” Kubiak said regarding the desired level of performance from Lynch. “He’s got a way to go.”

Each of the three quarterback options also addressed the media on Wednesday. None created a vibe that creates the impression that he plans to seize the job.

“I don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes or what coach is thinking about this or that,” Lynch said. “I’m just coming out here each day trying to get better and take the reps where I get them, no matter who they’re with. . . . If you can’t go out there and move the team down the field and win games for the team, you won’t be playing. But I think we have good competition going on between the three of us, so that’s good for all of us.”

Sanchez had much less to say about the competition, specifically regarding when it will be resolved.

“We have no idea,” Sanchez said. “It doesn’t matter.”

Siemian, an afterthought a year ago, continues to focus on emerging as the winner.

“Absolutely, that’s the goal,” he said. “You know, if that weren’t my mindset, I’d be in a whole heck of a lot of trouble if it happened. That’s my mindset, something I’m ready for. We’ll see what happens.”

Still, Siemian isn’t thinking about any one specific thing he needs to do to get the nod from Kubiak.

“I think that if I went in it with that mindset, I’d be turning the ball over or playing outside of myself,” Siemian said. “I just stick to the guns and kind of roll with what got me here.”

The Broncos got here after the retirement of Peyton Manning and free-agency departure of Brock Osweiler. With the regular-season opener only 36 days away, the identity of the successor to Manning and Osweiler continues to be one of the biggest questions swirling around the team.

24 responses to “Broncos quarterback competition still far from settled

  1. Odds are that the September starter won’t be the December starter. It sounds like Lynch is going to need some more time, but he will ultimately be the guy.

  2. If you went into the season with an actual plan being that QB Buttfumble is gonna be the starter, that ain’t much of a “plan”! Good luck with Sanchez trying to Dilfer his way to the Super Bowl.

  3. Translation –
    Sanchez will start game 1, then as he does poorly, there will be mounting pressure to go to Lynch.
    But Lynch needs time to develop.

  4. This is going to be the same story, same quotes for weeks. Just like last year with Peyton and Brock. Same questions get same answers resulting in same headlines and same clicks followed by same comments and predictions. In a day or two we will repeat the process. Then again a few days later. Then one day Kubiak will name Sanchez starter without any fanfare.

    There’s no story today. They’ll split the reps until we have preseason game film and then choose.

  5. officialgame says:
    Aug 3, 2016 8:28 PM
    Its unsettled because Elway made it a mess. You can’t win a division with any of them let alone another Suerbowl.

    What mess? Not overpaying Osweiler? Not overpaying Jackson? The mess Elway’s made is that he’s drafted and developed too many good players and cannot pay them value under the cap. If we paid Oz n Malik, there’d be complaints about why we don’t have Von Miller or CJ Anderson or DT. We kept Harris and Roby will step in for Talib next year when we can’t afford him anymore. And Simmons will take over for TJ Ward when his contract is up. And Shane Ray will take over for Ware by the end of this year.

    We cannot pay max value for all the talent we keep developing. We have to keep replacing the ones who leave. That’s a good mess to have. That’s life in the NFL. Most teams have a different kind of mess. I’ll take ours.

  6. I’m a Jets fan and I can tell you Sanchez is nowhere near as bad as he’s been credited with being. As a second year player he outplayed an in his prime Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in back to back weeks in the playoffs. Buffoon fool fatboy Rex Ryan destroyed a very good team and hurt the career of a decent quarterback.

  7. It was laughable when all the experts said the defense carried Peyton Manning last year. Not just any QB would have won the Super Bowl and this year will at least give an idea of that.

  8. magnumpimustache says:
    Aug 3, 2016 6:55 PM
    John Elway knows better. He is the best GM in the League he knows that you don’t need a QB if you have a the best General Manager

    The best GM in the game would have had a contingency plan for when Manning retired. Overrated QB/Overrated GM things didn’t change just because his job title did

  9. What mess? Not overpaying Osweiler? Not overpaying Jackson? The mess Elway’s made is that he’s drafted and developed too many good players and cannot pay them value under the cap.


    Sucks when you actually have to stay under the salary cap without cheating. Enjoy your ONE legitimate Super Bowl because it’s over

  10. Brock Osweiler: for some reason, Broncos went with noodle arm in the their most important game (SB50) over Osweiler…told me something…beware, Houston. Have a feeling Lynch will eventually be the best QB drafted in the first round…

  11. raidernation210 says:
    Aug 4, 2016 7:13 AM
    What mess? Not overpaying Osweiler? Not overpaying Jackson? The mess Elway’s made is that he’s drafted and developed too many good players and cannot pay them value under the cap.


    Sucks when you actually have to stay under the salary cap without cheating. Enjoy your ONE legitimate Super Bowl because it’s over

    Thanks. We are enjoying it. Very much. Were you even born the last time your team won it all? It’s literally been a couple of generations.

    And it doesn’t suck staying under the cap. We’ve done it vey well. We have 50 wins the last 4 regular seasons. More than any team. We lost Eric Decker, Julius Thomas, Knowshon Moreno, Zane Beadles, Orlando Franklin, Rahim Moore to overpriced contracts and Willis McGahee and Champ Bailey to injuries. Every time we lost someone, the end was predicted. We kept winning. Jared Allen and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie tried hard balling us and Elway dropped them and brought in Ware and Talib. We kept winning. Every time someone left or went down, we had someone else. And now we’re champs.

    So now the song is, how can we win without Peyton (formerly noodle arm) or Malik Jackson and Danny Trevathan (neither even made Pro Bowls)? Well keep counting them out. We won in the first year of a new offensive and defensive system. That’s usually a transition year while coaches assemble players that fit and current players adjust. Well adjustment completed.

    I like what we have. Todd Davis and Sly Williams will fill in for Trevathan and Jackson. Next year Shane Ray and Bradley Roby will pick up where D Ware and Talib leave off. Simmons will take over for TJ Ward the year after (or maybe next year). We’ll be fine for awhile.

  12. The Broncos have 3 QBs who are more than capable of winning the super with this strong roster. Sanchez proved in his first two seasons that he can win with a strong roster. I thought Paxton Lynch was the top QB in this draft. I thought Trevor Siemian was the top QB in his draft class. I guess it doesn’t matter what I think, but the GM holding the Lombardi trophy obviously has similar views. Whether it was as a player or a GM, John Elway has a habit of making it to the super bowl. As good as Elway was as a player, I think he’s going to be a much better GM. He’s certainly on the right track.

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