As the Denver Broncos try to become the first repeat Super Bowl champions since the New England Patriots in 2005, there is one big question mark on their roster; it just so happens to be at what is arguably the most important position, quarterback.
There are three quarterbacks on the roster: Mark Sanchez, Trevor Siemian, and Paxton Lynch. The competition for the starting job is between Sanchez and Siemian, as it looks like rookie Paxton Lynch will sit out a year.
The Broncos defense is certainty good enough to carry them for the most part, so the Broncos are not looking for the next Peyton Manning. They need someone who will take care of the football.
Sanchez and Siemian both had a chance to gain a leg up in the competition on Saturday’s preseason game against the 49ers; both quarterbacks showed flashes of what the Broncos are looking for from their prospective starter. Unfortunately, that play was marred by turnovers.
Siemian got the start, and he came out looking nearly perfect. To open up the game Siemian led the Broncos offense on a 10-play, 86-yard touchdown drive. He was also a stellar 10 of 11 for 75 yards in the first quarter, but then spoiled his solid start in the second quarter by throwing an interception, to 49er safety Eric Reid, that was returned for a touchdown.
“I think Trevor did a good job the other night. Obviously he has one play he’d like to have back, or it probably would, it would have, been as good as it could be,” Kubiak said of Siemian’s play against the 49ers.
Luckily for Siemian, Mark Sanchez squandered his opportunity to become the favorite in the quarterback competition against the 49ers. Sanchez fumbled the ball twice towards the end of the second quarter, both while in 49er territory. Exactly what head coach Gary Kubiak does not want to see out of his quarterback. Sanchez was then unable to put a drive together to start the third quarter.
“I know I can play this game and I know I’m better than I showed. Two really bad plays that took away from a great performance and potentially winning a job, so that’s really too bad,” said Sanchez.
Unfortunately for Sanchez, actions speak louder than words, and he is going to have to show Kubiak he can take care of the football if he wants to become the starter for this Bronco offense.
While Kubiak has not named a starter for the regular season opener yet, it looks as if Siemian is the front-runner to win the job after being named the starter, yet again, for the upcoming preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams.