Opinion Time: Who will be the Broncos’ QB in 2017?
Sentinel sports copy editor/designer
The most important attribute that Trevor Siemian has is experience. Playing in 14 games last season for the Broncos gives Siemian a leg up in the competition with Paxton Lynch for the starting QB job.
Lynch may have a bigger arm and more mobility, but he struggled to read defenses in his two games as a starter.
Siemian is known to be a smart quarterback and his arm is accurate and he also has some escapability.
Mike McCoy’s system will be easier for Lynch to succeed in, but It will also be good for Siemian.
A good running game will help either quarterback as will having two Pro Bowl receivers to throw the ball to.
If the Broncos want to win, Siemian’s experience trumps Lynch’s potential. Lynch may have the better long-term future, but for the present, Siemian needs to be under center this season for Denver.
Sentinel sports editor
Playing quarterback is about three things: Making plays, limiting mistakes and leadership.
With Denver’s defense, it takes a little pressure off the QB position but you still need a guy to make plays. But with that defense, it is just as important to manage the game and not make huge mistakes.
That’s why Trevor Siemian makes the most sense for Denver.
He’s never going to be the kind of QB who scares defenses, but with a pair of very good wide receivers, that will help, and hopefully the running game will be better this year.
If Denver is going to compete for a playoff spot, Siemian must make plays, big plays, down the field, to put points on the board. Big plays also means converting third downs with accurate throws.
As the experienced guy in the QB race, he will read defenses better and keep the interceptions lower. If not, his butt will be on the pine.
Paxton Lynch and Chad Kelly may be more athletic and be a better choice in the future. But we’re taking about the now.
With Mike McCoy at offensive coordinator and Bill Musgrave as the QB coach, Siemian should be better this year. With a year of experience and quality coaching, he is the logical choice to lead Denver’s offense.
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It’s time to take the reins off and let Paxton Lynch do the rest.
Trevor Siemian is a nice quarterback and the safest bet, but if the Denver Broncos seek more than mediocrity, they should test the physical traits Lynch possesses as a tall QB with a big arm who can run.
Lynch experienced a steep learning curve last season, coming from a smaller school (Memphis), but learned plenty from Siemian, who went to the Big Ten’s Northwestern.
Newly re-upped GM John Elway surely wants to keep winning, and imagine putting a more explosive offense on the field with their championship-caliber defense.
The Broncos again will face a tough road in the AFC West, and Lynch could be the player to put them over the top.