When the Denver Broncos take the field Sunday against the Eagles in Philadelphia, the only major change in the team’s struggling offense that would be immediately noticeable is that Brock Osweiler will be behind center instead of Trevor Siemian.
But Thursday, offensive coordinator Mike McCoy said while it was Siemian who was benched that he wasn’t alone in the mistakes and turnovers that forced the signal-caller change.
“It’s not one guy, we made the change … on offense everyone’s got to play better, we’ve got to coach better, we’re all in this together,” McCoy said. “It’s not one guy, we’re not looking at one position and saying ‘this is the reason.’ … But as a group we’ve got to eliminate the big mistakes and we all know what those are.”
Siemian’s 10 interceptions, including three in the 29-19 loss to this Kansas City Chiefs this past Monday, led the list of reasons coach Vance Joseph cited to make the change. He called the three interceptions “horrific” and noted the Broncos have outgained their opponents in all four losses, but that all four of those games turned on turnovers.
Joseph has said Osweiler will start against the Eagles Sunday, and if he plays well that he would start again the following week against the New England Patriots. Joseph said after practice that Osweiler and Siemian — who has worked as the backup in practice, including most of the scout-team work — would be the only two quarterbacks in uniform against the Eagles, as Paxton Lynch will be a gameday inactive.
“I think [Siemian] has handled it the right way … it’s everybody on offense when you look at that,” McCoy said. “This was a tough decision to make.”
“He’s been awesome,” Siemian said Wednesday of Osweiler. “I think we’ve got a good relationship, so that helps. Like I said, I’m going to do everything that I can. Whatever he needs from me, I’ll support him. He’s a heck of a guy. He’s going to do just fine.”
According to Mike Klis of 9News, Brock Osweiler only starts again if he played well and noted Paxton Lynch would not be ready to play next week. That leaves the Denver Broncos with Trevor Siemian against the New England Patriots.
With the Broncos being blown out by the Eagles as both the offense and defense struggled, the likelihood of Siemian being the start next week is very high. Especially given that during the game, Dan Fouts noted that Vance Joseph told him that Paxton Lynch is not ready both physically and mentally to play.
We’ve heard a lot from Siemian fans on social media today with most gloating over Osweiler and the Broncos poor game as proof Siemian wasn’t the problem. I would argue the Broncos still have a quarterback problem. Siemian was benched for a reason and now Osweiler will likely get benched as well.
Second chance for Siemian to regain control of his job against a good New England Patriots team next week could be the decision that Vance Joseph needs to make.