Denver Broncos: Trevor Siemian progressing well in year two
Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian is progressing well in his second year with the team. Should he be a starting candidate?
While much of Broncos Country has decided to overreact to headlines that Trevor Siemian is progressing well in his second year, the rest of us level-headed people are taking the news for what it is — coaches talking up a prospect they happen to like.
What’s so wrong about that?
There’s so much borderline vitriol going around about Trevor Siemian on Twitter right now that it’s close to making me vomit. Similar to many other young players in recent years, Siemian seems to be a polarizing player to the Broncos fan base. Some seem to be split in thinking he is the dark-horse franchise QB candidate for this team and others are acting like the thought of him touching a football is going to cause the Broncos to do something idiotic, like relocate to Las Vegas…
The reality is — and this is going to shock many of you — Trevor Siemian is simply a second year player who is progressing in a system he’s spent a year digesting and learning, if not perfecting.
Here’s what Broncos offensive coordinator Rick Dennison had to say about Siemian’s second year progress…
“He said it himself, it’s light years from last year. He knows where everybody is. He knows what he’s supposed to do and he handles the huddle really well. He’s done a good job of really developing and really paying close attention to the two guys last year that played quite a bit for us. He’s done a good job of developing.”
I mean, heaven forbid the Broncos had an actual quarterback competition between guys who could — you know — compete.
There’s nothing wrong with positive talk about Siemian. In fact, for this time of year, it’s normal and encouraged. There’s also nothing wrong with healthy skepticism, but neither party has to go to the extreme. Plus, people in the know are getting some information about Siemian that seems to indicate he’s more of a candidate to take the starting job in 2016 than detractors are leading on…
If you’re basing your evaluation of Siemian as an NFL player based on last pre-season, shame on you. Perhaps your opinion is based purely off of what others have said. Shame on you also. What did you expect from a quarterback transitioning from a spread offense to a pro style system with a torn ACL to do at less than 100 percent?
I mean, let’s get a grip on reality here…
What Siemian brings to the table is a good work ethic, he has great arm talent, and he’s athletic enough to make plays outside the pocket. Those are tools to work with. Coaches have had a year to teach him footwork and help him make improvements where they were needed.
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In a year where the QB position is as wide open as it is, if the Broncos want Paxton Lynch to sit for even a quarter of the season to learn, what’s the harm in Trevor Siemian starting some games? I don’t think we can make a determination on that one way or the other until he gets on the field and shows what he can do against top competition.
Sometimes, fans feel like they need an instant answer to every question. I know for a fact I’ve been in that spot. In the case of the Broncos’ quarterback situation, however, there’s nothing wrong with being patient and letting these guys battle it out. Siemian might have been a 7th round pick just last year, but he’s poised and has the most in-depth knowledge of the system.
If the Broncos want to talk him up, what’s the big deal?