The Denver Broncos are going to have a wide-open quarterback competition. This is what teams without a true answer at quarterback do.
But even if everything is on the table, no one actually believes Trevor Siemian (most notably of “Who the hell is Trevor Siemian?” fame) will land the job. Except his head coach.
Gary Kubiak said, via the Denver Post, he sees Siemian as “the sleeper” on the depth chart, a guy who can legitimately win the starting job.
“I think Trevor has a maturity to him. He’s kind of the sleeper, I would say. Trevor knows the offense. He’s very comfortable and can throw the ball too,” Kubiak said. “We’ve also seen him make big plays in the preseason games under the lights. I wouldn’t sleep on Trevor to win the job, either.”
Reminder: it is late May and anything is possible with your favorite NFL team. Even the 250th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft winning a starting job for the defending Super Bowl champions is possible, or at least within the realm of possibility.
And while it’s easy to joke about the idea of Siemian winning the gig, it really is something that could happen. The Broncos traded for Mark Sanchez, but that was more born out of desperation than availability. Sanchez has the advantage (?) of being single and the benefit of a “gift-wrapped opportunity,” but he’s not necessarily familiar with the offense and he’s dealing with a thumb injury that required surgery recently.
Paxton Lynch is the future of the franchise and this year’s first-round draft pick, but he’s also a raw product. Lynch, as John Elway pointed out recently, is theoretically a great fit for Kubiak’s offense. But you never know until you see the quarterback under center and in action. Lynch was transitioned into the starting role in college — the Broncos might want to utilize a similar approach to his pro life.
It really is a wide-open competition created by the circumstances surrounding the depth chart. Siemian winning the job is the definition of an offseason pie-in-the-sky notion but it almost might be a more reasonable possibility than most people want to admit.