Denver Broncos preseason quarterback review, week two
Any preconceived notions that Denver Broncos fans had about Mark Sanchez haven’t been squashed by any means.
In just over two quarters of play, Sanchez has two fumbles and an interception, all that happened inside opponent territory.
The whole night wasn’t terrible for Sanchez, but it’s clear that he’s not going to be the starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos unless they have an emergency.
The best throw from Sanchez, in my opinion, was a 17-yard toss to Jordan Norwood on a 2nd-and-10 where Sanchez led Norwood away from the coverage perfectly and dropped the ball in a great spot. He finished the game with 120 yards passing, and did a good job at times of pushing the ball down the field, but two fumbles and a near interception plagued his night, and Sanchez himself was critical of his performance.
“I just squandered a great opportunity to separate myself and I put the team in a bad situation. There’s no excuse for that, poor, poor quarterback play.
“No doubt. I came in, we had a lot of energy and moved the team right down the field. [There were] two drives of 70-plus yards and we’re rolling. [Head] Coach [Gary Kubiak] understands the situation. In a real game maybe we just run it and take the points, but going in to my eighth year I know better. I know I have to get the ball out. I can’t put pressure on the O-Line like that. I know I’m in a tough spot there and coach wants to see what I do. There’s no excuse for that. You can’t do that. You can’t put the team in that situation, poor play.”
I think the opening day job is going to come down to a case of trust from the coaching staff, and I don’t know what Sanchez has done at practices up to this point to have earned that kind of trust, but time will tell.
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