The long competition at quarterback during training season this summer cost the Denver Broncos. Starting quarterback Trevor Siemian did not find good rhythm between he and his receivers during the first half of the season.
Now Denver is not even going to name its starting quarterback until late this week. This is just one more oddity in what has become a very strange season for the Broncos, a team still affected by the retirement of Peyton Manning nearly two years ago after the fact.
When asked Wednesday who the starting quarterback was for this week, coach Vance Joseph answered that the coaches were not there yet.
Snaps Split Between Quarterbacks
He said the snaps were split in practice on Wednesday half and half. Brock Osweiler enjoyed his best game in the NFL last week, while Paxton Lynch has recovered from a sprained ankle.
Lynch looked fine said Joseph, but has not practiced for three weeks. The ankle is good, not perfect added Joseph, but Lynch was able to finish practice.
The Denver head coach said the quarterback decision was complicated with several different factors weighing in, but he said he would not share the majority of them.
Denver, which is 5-9 on the season, faces the Washington Redskins on Sunday. Many Denver fans would like the team to sign Redskins’ quarterback Kirk Cousins during the offseason.
The team has juggled its quarterback the entire season. Siemian was the starter for the first seven games prior to being benched for Osweiler, who then started three games prior to being benched last month in favor of Lynch.
However, Lynch suffered a sprained ankle against the Raiders and Siemian almost rallied the Broncos back from a 21-point deficit.
Lynch after spraining his ankle could be seen on the sideline sobbing and said afterward that he loves playing and when that is taken away it hurts.
The season was decided for Siemian this week as he was put on IR following an injury to his shoulder last week against Indianapolis. Osweiler stepped in after Siemian’s injury and rallied the Broncos to a 25-13 win.
Osweiler says he is not concerned with the situation. Regardless of what happens he is scheduled practice hard each day and if his number is called he hopes to be ready to play, but the decision is not his to make.
Broncos Want Lynch to Play More
Joseph praised Osweiler’s performance last week against the Colts, but did acknowledge earlier this week that the competition at quarterback is more about where Lynch is with his ankle.
Denver is interested in seeing Lynch more this season. He only has played one game after he sprained his shoulder during preseason, but he needs to be 100% healthy from his ankle sprain before playing.
Another reason for the mystery of who starts at quarterback is keeping Washington in the dark. The Broncos do not have to tell anyone who is starting and do not want Washington to know, so they are taking their time on deciding who starts.
Joseph admits that after 14 games of the regular season it is unusual to be splitting snaps during practice, but he pointed out that other than the quarterback position, the rusher, receivers and offensive line are all set to be the same.
The rest of the team has been very silent about the quarterback situation. While the players have their opinions on who they believe should start, they have kept silent and publicly have supported the process the coaches are carrying out.
Who should start for Denver at quarterback? Do you think the problems under center for Denver are likely to continue?