Siemian is the Answer to Denver’s QB question
The Answer is Trevor Siemian.
The Question since Peyton got old: Who will be quarterback for the Denver Broncos?
Siemian was last season’s surprise answer, and he wasn’t bad for a first-year starter playing the most important position on the field.
Many would have The Answer this time around be Paxton Lynch. That won’t happen despite GM John Elway having hand-picked Lynch by moving up in the first round to draft him.
Some would even have The Answer be Chad Kelly, a rookie from Mississippi who became Mr. Irrelevant when Denver took him with the final pick in the seventh round. Kelly won’t play this season barring disaster, but may factor big-time with the Broncos down the road.
Siemian will be The Answer this season for several reasons, the first being that he started 14 of Denver’s 16 games last season, completing 59.5 percent of his passes for 3,401 yards. He threw 18 TDs and was intercepted 10 times. Had he not missed most or all of three games, he might have hit the 4,000-yard milestone.
At 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, he is big enough to play. He throws a tight spiral and is accurate on short- to mid-range passes, if not so much so on deep balls.
What the Broncos have in Siemian is a young player who showed plenty of promise, had plenty of support from teammates, and a player who can and should improve with repetition.
With a still-superb defense, the Broncos will be in a safe mode with Siemian starting. He will be better because of that year of experience. There will also be a better offensive line in place, healthy running backs, and more weapons at wide receiver and tight end through the draft.
Another plus for Siemian is timing: The Broncos have a new coaching staff virtually across the board.
New head coach Vance Joseph will turn the offense over to Mike McCoy and Grand Junction’s own Bill Musgrave. McCoy is known for tailoring his offense to the talents of his players, Musgrave for simply making quarterbacks better.
Starting this week, the Broncos will have roughly three weeks to decide which QB is the starter because the offense will be significantly different if Siemian is starting than if Lynch would be the pick.
Barring an incredible showing by Lynch in early training camp and maybe the first two preseason games, Siemian will have the edge. Lynch will have to go off the charts to surpass Siemian that early.
Much has been said about Elway handing down the 11th Commandment: Play Lynch because I like him.
That’s garbage. Elway has always stayed away from coaching and won’t start now. He will let Joseph, McCoy and Musgrave make this call.
Another factor in Siemian being The Answer is where Kelly comes in: He is talented.
In 2015, he threw for 4,042 yards, rushed for 500 and combined for 41 TDs — better stats than Lynch put up in any season at Memphis. Kelly was hampered draft-wise by a bad reputation from two incidents in 2014 and a wrist injury suffered prior to the draft.
Let’s say the Broncos think Kelly can play after a season of practice. Combine that with Siemian throwing for 4,000-plus and 20-some TDs. Siemian and his low-budget contract becomes big-time trade bait.
Elway has created an asset in Siemian, Lynch has had another season to learn — and The Answer for 2018 and beyond will be Lynch or Kelly.
Yes, I know it’s far-fetched. But not as far-fetched as Lynch starting and leading Denver into the playoffs this season.