The Broncos still have 17 days until they open the season against the Panthers. Coach Gary Kubiak won’t wait quite that long to pick a starting quarterback, even if at times it seems that he will.
Kubiak’s decision is coming next week.
“We have three quarterbacks, two of which weren’t on this team last year and one that has one regular-season snap,” coach Gary Kubiak told reporters on Monday. “I knew this was going to take some time. I think it’s a credit to them and how well they’ve pushed each other. It’s down to the nitty-gritty here. I’m going to make a decision next week and we’re going to go to work. They’ve all put themselves in position to go out there and compete.”
Although Trevor Siemian will start the third preseason game, that doesn’t mean he has the inside track to the job over Mark Sanchez and rookie Paxton Lynch.
“[W]e’ll continue with the competition,” Kubiak said. “I think Trevor did a good job the other night. Obviously he has one play that he’d like to have back or it would have been as good as it could be. I’m going to go back and give him a chance to do that again but, like I said, we’re going to play them equally.”
A decision needs to come not long after the third preseason game because the Broncos need to plan for the fourth preseason game, in which the Week One starter surely won’t be playing.
“Our schedule is different because we are a Thursday opening football team,” Kubiak said. “I have a little bit different of a scenario that I’m working with as compared to opening up on a Sunday and having a 10-day window between [preseason] game four and the opener. I’ve seen a lot of football from them. We are going to go again this week, we’ll make a decision next week and go to work.”
The real question is how long the Week One starter actually gets to work before the No. 2 guy comes off the bench. It seems inevitable that whoever wins the job to start the season is destined to eventually lose it.