Elway: Trevor Siemian won’t be looking over his shoulder

AP

Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian will make the first regular season start of his NFL career on Thursday night and presumably will throw his first regular season passes in the process.

Should enough of those passes land incomplete or in the arms of Panthers defenders, some will surely begin to wonder when the Broncos will deem first-round pick Paxton Lynch ready to take over the job. General Manager John Elway doesn’t want Siemian to be one of the people wondering about that and did his best to quash anyone else from boarding that train.

“Trevor is the guy,” Elway said, via ESPN.com. “We have a lot of confidence in Trevor and believe that he can do the job. It’s Trevor’s job, but he’s not going to be looking over his shoulder. He’s got a lot of support. Trevor earned the job. I’m excited about it. I’m excited to see him play and I think we’re in good shape there.”

There are a select group of NFL players who don’t have to look over their shoulders or worry about their spots in the lineup, but, as guard Josh Sitton’s departure from Green Bay illustrates, the vast majority don’t have that level of comfort. The Broncos didn’t go with Siemian in order to yank him at the first sign of trouble, but the presence of a highly drafted quarterback on the depth chart likely means any extended struggles will be met with questions about when Lynch will take the next step up the ladder.

25 responses to “Elway: Trevor Siemian won’t be looking over his shoulder

  1. The NFL through corporate greed has become more of a business then a sport …..in a business everyone looks over there shoulder……..even you do Elway , weather you know it or not is your problem………

  2. Elway, you are just trying to save face. By losing Osweiler you lost a qb that your team had invested 4 years in. Now you just want to prove to everyone that you know how to select qb talent. Broncos start the season 0-1.

  3. xavier179 says:
    Sep 5, 2016 11:05 AM

    Elway, you are just trying to save face. By losing Osweiler you lost a qb that your team had invested 4 years in. Now you just want to prove to everyone that you know how to select qb talent. Broncos start the season 0-1.
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    Osweiler would clearly be the starter if he didn’t take the better offer. No one knows how Oz would have fared in the playoffs but it seems that Denvers D was able to win despite Peyton.

    Elway will look bad if Osweiler plays well down in Houston but more so if Siemian struggles since he knew exactly how much more it would take to secure Brock but instead decided to gamble.

  4. At least the Vikings were smart enough to go get somebody. They may have over paid but a QB is the most important position in sports. This kid better light it up out of the gate.

  5. Elway didn’t “lose” Osweiler, he let him go. The pie in the sky money paid by Houston cold have been matched but Elway, wisely, didn’t think Oz was worth it. Elway didn’t panic like the Viking GM, but carefully played his cards and now has a young, promising qb in the wings that could be the Denver qb for the next 22 years.

    Ad Gm for 5 years, Elway has 5 straight afc west titles, 2 SB appearances, 1 ring, and the second best record in the nfl for the last 5 years. How’s your GM doing? 5 years.

  6. Denver’s QB position is a disaster. But if it’s any consolation to their fans, they wouldn’t have been any better off if the had kept Osweiler who is a mediocre QB at best. It also might be comforting to their fans that Elway could have a chance to acquire a real QB next spring if they earn a top 10 or top 5 pick in the 2017 draft.

  7. Unless Trevor becomes an overnight sensation, not happening, look for Lynch to be starting after the bi-week. Broncos future looks bright but this year is definitely a transitional year.

  8. I don’t get you guys.

    Osweiler was never coming back. Osweiler was done with Denver after he was benched for Manning. It was out of Elway’s hands.

  9. The rumour that Osweiler was gone after being benched for Manning is nonsense and an attempt to save face by Elway’s apologists. Elway could have franchise tagged Osweiler for 2016 and after repeat or a deep playoff run, Osweiler would have certainly stayed in Denver. The team is good enough to repeat if they had a QB. Elway screwed up.

  10. I saw a few games of Trevor Siemian at Northwestern, and I thought he was good enough to be the first QB drafted that year. He played at a school that was way outmatched in just about every game. Kind of how John Elway’s career at Stanford went. So I’m not surprised that he’s doing so well. Paxton Lynch was probably the number one QB on the Broncos’ draft board this year, and possibly even the number one player overall. When he started slipping, the Broncos saw great value, and moved up to snag him. Now they’re better off at QB than they were when they won the super bowl, and also set up nicely for the next 10-15 years. With Elway’s ability to evaluate QBs, he’ll never put his team in position to have to break the bank for a free agent QB. Siemian will have a decent job as a backup to Lynch some day, kind of like Kubiak did with Elway back in the day. Then he’ll probably be asked to join the coaching staff (like Kubiak), and quite possibly take over for Kubiak some day. He’s not looking over his shoulder, he’s looking forward to a nice long career with Denver.

  11. skinstowin says:
    Sep 5, 2016 11:54 AM
    5-11, this franchise looking more and more like Big D with a GM saying stuff the coach is supposed to. Puppet strings in full display
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    Denver won the super bowl with no qb play and outstanding defense. Imo, offense is better now than they were last year and defense is just as good if not better with everyone being 1 more year in Wade’s system…..10 wins all day

  12. theangrytammy

    Viking GM did NOT “Panic” you doofus.

    They paid a 1st round pick for a guy who was drafted high and has started and won in the league, so they have enough depth at QB with him and their backup.

    Don’t put another team down to defend your own team’s actions.

    Geez…

  13. They paid a 1st round pick for a guy who was drafted high and has started and won in the league, so they have enough depth at QB with him and their backup.

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    I think the Vikings did the right thing in getting Bradford, but tell me what he has won in the league?

    Career record:

    25 37 1 .405

  14. kuehner131 says:

    I think the Vikings did the right thing in getting Bradford, but tell me what he has won in the league?

    Career record:

    25 37 1 .405
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    That’s probably pretty standard for Fisher QB’s.

  15. All these anti-Bronco dweebs were out in force all year long last year telling the world how they knew it all, and that Denver was done. (One and done was the most popular term used). Especially in the playoffs, and ESPECIALLY for SB 50. How’d that work out for all you ‘know it all’s’ (read: know nothing’s)? I’m pretty sure that the five years that Elway has been Denver’s GM has something to do with the five straight AFC West titles, two SB appearances, and the SB 50 ring.

  16. You bunch of joke’s, we going 14&2 or 16&0 on our way to dethrone the 72 dolfins…..T$ B…..EZ,LOVE THE HATE TOOK UNTIL FEB 7TH 2016@ 11:30 PM EASTERN TO KISS OUR ASS..
    WELL THIS YEAR IT’S FEB 5TH,WE DON’T MIND THE WAIT, TOO FUNNY, ….BRONCOS COUNTRY B…..EZ

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