With their first game of the season a little more than two weeks away, the Denver Broncos have a serious dilemma at quarterback. Neither Mark Sanchez nor Trevor Siemian has inspired much confidence during training camp and throughout the preseason, thus leaving the Broncos without a reliable option.
Does Denver need to make a trade?
“Well, I don’t think it’s totally out of the realm of possibility,” Denver Sports 760 reporter Brandon Krisztal said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “There’s a reason guys are available. Is Mike Glennon a huge upgrade over Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian, or is he just going to be wearing a different jersey number? I think that’s where they’re at.”
As shown last year, the Broncos don’t need great quarterback play to be successful.
“The Broncos, by our count, are the first team in the history of the NFL to have more interceptions than touchdown passes,” Krisztal said. “Peyton and Brock combined for 19 touchdown passes and 21 picks. No team has ever done that. Even the ’07 Giants with Eli there, he was still just a little bit better. So it’s pretty remarkable the quarterback play was as bad as it was, and I think the stars needed to align for them to obviously come away not just with the Lombardi Trophy, but the road there, where they had home field. Pittsburgh played (without) Antonio Brown. They just flat out beat New England, which doesn’t win in Denver very often. But a ball bounces one way or another, you could probably make that case every year with Super Bowl champs. If the Seahawks run the ball two years ago, then they have back-to-back titles and Tom Brady is still sitting on three rings. But I think the defense will keep them in games, but quarterback play can derail a team.”
So can injuries.
“They started the same 11 guys in the Super Bowl that were penciled in as starters on day one,” Krisztal said. “Derek Wolfe was suspended, but he wasn’t injured. So the same 11 guys that started Super Bowl 50 were the 11 starters heading into the season on defense. Just to think that you’ll stay that healthy, that’s a huge question mark.”
Paxton Lynch, the 26th overall pick in this year’s draft, was expected to redshirt his rookie season, but Denver may need to rethink that.
“Well, based on what we’ve seen, if it’s an open competition, they may have to let him (practice with the starters),” Krisztal said. “While he’s looked good and you see flashes and you realize he’s pretty mobile at that size – 6-6, 6-7 – and he’s got a big arm, you want to see him go 1s-vs-1s. Having success against 3s, that’s great, but you’re (not going to see 3s too often during the regular season).”
In the end, though, Krisztal believes that experience will win out in Denver’s QB battle.
“I think it’s going to be Mark Sanchez on Sept. 8,” he said, “but I think his leash will be extremely short.”