Gary Kubiak hints that Paxton Lynch could still win the job

AP

When Broncos coach Gary Kubiak made Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian co-starting quarterbacks and relegated rookie Paxton Lynch to the position of, as a practical matter, Assistant to the Regional Manager, most assumed Sanchez or Siemian would win the Week One starting job — and that Lynch would play only after both play their way to the bench during games that count. A mere 18 days before the start of the regular season, Lynch could still be the guy who succeeds the retired guy who wore the unretired No. 18.

“He’s always been in the mix,” Kubiak told reporters after Saturday’s preseason game against the 49ers. “I just told you guys that he’s behind the other two from a knowledge standpoint, but we’ve been out there competing every day. Everybody is in competition to play.”

So how will the competition be resolved?

“I’m going to play the guy that I think is best for our team,” Kubiak said. “We have three guys out there battling. Obviously [Lynch] is a young kid. He did some really good stuff tonight. He made some mistakes, too. I think I’ve continued to tell you guys that he is behind the others from a knowledge standpoint as far as running the group. Obviously we need to keep coming, keep bringing him along. We’re going to keep working here, find the guy that we think is best for our football team and go from there.”

Lynch arguably performed better than the two current finalists for the job in Denver, completing 15 of 26 passes for 113 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Siemian also threw an interception, and Sanchez fumbled twice, losing both.

“At the end of the day, it’s your job to protect the ball,” Kubiak said. “That’s the most important thing. That’s something that coming out of tonight wasn’t good enough.”

Eventually, Kubiak will have to pick the quarterback that he thinks is good enough to lead the offense in a Week One rematch against the Panthers. When will that happen?

“I foresee myself trying to find a way to fix some mistakes,” Kubiak said. “I’m going to take it a day at a time. That’s where I’m going right now.”

Right now, the job can go to anyone. And it’s likely that whoever it goes to first eventually will surrender it to someone else, and so on. While there’s a belief that, once Lynch gets the job, it will be impossible to go back to the other two, the benching of one of the all-time great quarterbacks followed by the benching of his 5-2 replacement shows that the Broncos are willing to shove the revolving door at the most important position on the field.

Using that approach a year ago brought a Lombardi to the lobby. Why change it now?

40 responses to “Gary Kubiak hints that Paxton Lynch could still win the job

  1. Translation: “now that I have seen our QBs in action I can tell you for sure…..we are in trouble…”

  2. Elway should have just kept Osweiler. Paxton Lynch is years if ever from being an NFL starter. His tape against Auburn proves it.

  3. lol!

    how mortifying for elway..he forgot to budget for his team to defend its title and now they have these awful qbs in there.

    hilarious.

    worst defense of a title ever..right out of the playoffs

  4. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Aug 21, 2016 2:02 PM
    Elway should have just kept Osweiler. Paxton Lynch is years if ever from being an NFL starter. His tape against Auburn proves it.

    Have you seen Osweiler play this season?

  5. spotsdad says:
    Aug 21, 2016 2:18 PM
    Please, please, start The Sanchize.

    – The Rest of the NFL.

    P.s. BTW, What is a Dirty Sanchez?

    —Go upstairs and ask your mom. She might tell you all about a certain Cleveland Steamer too. 😉👍

  6. I hope Sanchez starts and if he does the Patriots will go the Super Bowl and Tom will go off into a sunset like Peyton did.
    It’s not fair that he is remembered as a Cheat, when he was set-up, was proven innocent , and besides that everybody cheats even more than NE. At least one more ring would clear our reputation.

  7. Nice try, but it’s “Assistant to the assistant manager.”

    I pray Mike Demone and Mark Ratner don’t read this site.

  8. Lynch is doing better than Goff or Wentz so far. He’s got the personality to be a good leader, so I think he’ll play well after he gets more experience.

  9. Based upon the group that is trying out and the results so far, I think Jeff George may still be in the running to be the starter in Denver this year

    Old Horse Teeth really did not have a plan for this year at QB

  10. After watching Sanchez last night, I’m convinced his hand strength is roughly equivalent to a wet noodle. Cut bait asap. He’s going to be paid well for watching games this year. Siemian’s interception was the result of a really bad decision, but the worse problem was his reaction to it afterward…. complete loss of composure.

    Going with a rookie QB isn’t going to be ideal either. Lynch looked decent playing with the scrubs, but if he starts, there will be a LOT of interceptions. Oh, and he’ll get killed before the midway point of the season because he likes to run.

    The truth is serviceable QBs are hard to find. I can only think of maybe 5 or 6, mostly old QBs who are worth their paygrade in a 32 team league, so the Broncos aren’t the only ones with this problem, but man, if that game was any indication, they’re in for a long year on that side of the ball.

    Denver’s defense better be prepared to score a lot of points this year.

  11. “everybody cheats even more than NE. At least one more ring would clear our reputation.”
    ________________________________
    One point at a time:
    First, You are admitting that NE cheats? Then, justify it with “everyone else does”? Pathetic defense.

    Second, Reputations are built over a long period of time, and destroyed in one minute. Winning a SB does nothing to clear ones’ reputation.

  12. I love the “Elway is a horrible GM”. Is that because he didn’t pay an unproven backup QB franchise money, or is it because he has taken Denver to 2 Super Bowls with 1 win?

    If, and it is if, Denver goes 8 and 8, well, at least they have given their fans great football for the last 5 years. It’s quite easy, Denver fans wouldn’t even consider changing places with any other fans. We are ok with rooting for a winner. So please keep hating, I like the warm glow I get every time I read the truly hilarious comments.

  13. bhindenemylines says:
    Aug 21, 2016 2:47 PM
    Nice try, but it’s “Assistant to the assistant manager.”

    I pray Mike Demone and Mark Ratner don’t read this site.

    Nice try, but you might wanna brush up on your Office. Dwight is Michael’s assistant. Michael is the regional manager. Dwight is the assistant to the regional manager. Maybe you should watch the show rather than try to look smart with some weak name dropping.

  14. Ok look, Elway was smart to not overpay for Ossweiler. He saw enough of him last season to realize he was not a top-tier QB. Houston was not smart to pay him what they did. But Elway still needs to find a QB for the long run. He should have made a move to try and convince Andrew Luck to not sign with the Colts and come to Denver. Sure this is illegal, but Goodell already established this is a $100k fine when the Jets did so with Revis. You put Andrew Luck on the Broncos and they would be close to unbeatable. As it stands their off since will strive to be mediocre at best.

  15. therealraider says:
    Aug 21, 2016 3:20 PM
    Just start Sanchez against the Raiders Gary, Mack will have him on a cart and out of your hair by halftime.

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    C’mon man….nobody believes the Raiders are a serious threat to win anything….. 8-8 at best this season…..maybe they might finish ahead of the Chargers.

  16. The Broncos were sitting pretty before the draft, with Sanchez and Siemian at QB. They figured Paxton Lynch, who was the number one QB in the draft, would be a top ten pick. When Denver saw him slipping, they made a move to draft him. Now they’re loaded with three good QBs. You can’t come out right after the draft and proclaim Lynch the number one guy, even before he’s seen the playbook. You take the wait and see approach. The Broncos are going to put the guy in that gives them the best chance, regardless of what me and all the other “experts” think they should do. The Lombardi trophy is Elway’s first order of business. We all should be taking the watch and learn approach.

  17. Play him with the starters.

    Siemian is unknown, so basically in the same situation as Lynch. Lynch is supposed to be the future, so why not put him in and have him learn?

    Sanchez, lol. No.

  18. I like what John Lynch said on the broadcast last night, unequivocally, that next week he’d play Paxton Lynch with the starters and see how it goes. I’ve been hoping Trevor Siemian would be The Guy this year and he looked fabulous until the awful interception, but he really didn’t seem to be able to blow off that mistake yesterday. Paxton, playing behind what might generously be called a makeshift O-line of castoffs (as did they all, really, poor offseason addressing this glaring need), did a great job, and had some real fire to him as well. Play him next week for the first quarter or so with the starters, then do the same with Trevor through the 3rd Q. Play Sanchez… at another time. Sorry, Mark, you’re a great guy but this is not working out.

  19. The best athletes play in the NFL and not the smartest. Football isn’t that complex. Lynch seems smart enough and definitely more athletic than Sanchez or Siemian. Don’t you think that Lynch could learn at least 30 plays after all of this pre-season?

  20. If Kubiak was 10 years younger he could win the job.

    Denver’s defense is great but it’s going to be a bumpy ride unless someone emerges to lead the offense.

  21. I can’t believe how many bronco haters there are on here… we’ll be fine if we just don’t turn the ball over… good run game and best D in the league baby!! They hate us cause they ain’t us!! Champs!!

  22. kash71 says:

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Aug 21, 2016 2:02 PM

    Elway should have just kept Osweiler. Paxton Lynch is years if ever from being an NFL starter. His tape against Auburn proves it.

    “Have you seen Osweiler play this season?”

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    It’s just the preseason, kash. And Osweiler’s game against the Saints was pretty decent – at least it was miles ahead of what any QB for Denver will be able to do in the regular season.
    Sanchez is a joke, and Paxton Lynch….really??

    Denver won’t even make the playoffs this year.

  23. QB Film Room says:

    “Paxton is really good. He will end up starting with Siemian and Sanchez co #2’s.”

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    Wow….just, wow. Here is a Broncos fan who has completely drunk the kool-aid they’ll be serving at Mile High Stadium this year.

    Paxton Lynch will never amount to anything substantial in the NFL – I’d bet my life on it.

  24. cashmoney17 says:

    “I can’t believe how many bronco haters there are on here… we’ll be fine if we just don’t turn the ball over… good run game and best D in the league baby!! They hate us cause they ain’t us!! Champs!!”

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    Not a hater, I just call it as I see it. And you’ll be fine IF you don’t turn the ball over is a gigantic IF. Sanchez is a turnover machine and I just don’t see the so-called promise with Lynch.

  25. denverbroncochamps says:
    Aug 21, 2016 2:38 PM

    ANd now here comes the haters!!!
    —————————-

    We’ve always been here.

  26. tonebones says:

    “The Broncos were sitting pretty before the draft, with Sanchez and Siemian at QB. They figured Paxton Lynch, who was the number one QB in the draft, would be a top ten pick….”

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    No one – I mean, NO ONE – thought Paxton Lynch was the number one QB in the draft! Oh, that is, except for every Broncos fan n0w that Denver drafted him!
    Give me a break.

  27. can’t believe how many bronco haters there are on here… we’ll be fine if we just don’t turn the ball over… good run game and best D in the league baby!! They hate us cause they ain’t us!! Champs!!”

    —————————————————————

    Not a hater, I just call it as I see it. And you’ll be fine IF you don’t turn the ball over is a gigantic IF. Sanchez is a turnover machine and I just don’t see the so-called promise with Lynch

    We’ve been airing it out in presEason way more than we will in the regular season… with our offense and running game that will lead to more open receivers and less passes and conservative play calling… we aren’t gonna be having 4 turn overs a game man… and the more reps whoever our starter is the more comfortable they will be in the offense

  28. If Paxton Lynch went to USC (or any other big school) he would have easily been the number one pick in the draft. He’s a legit franchise QB, and Elway, once again, is taking advantage of the rest of the league. I think Elway is a better GM than he was a player, and he was one of the best players in the history of mankind.

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