Trevor Siemian is the clear winner of the Broncos QB job

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 25: Quarterback Trevor Siemian
KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 25: Quarterback Trevor Siemian /

The Denver Broncos need to look no further than Trevor Siemian for the starting quarterback position in 2017. He locked that job down vs. San Francisco…

The Denver Broncos have maintained all along that preseason game situations would be a major determining factor in their starting quarterback race, and it appears Trevor Siemian has (easily) out-dueled Paxton Lynch.

That isn’t going to sit well with all of Broncos Country, but it has most definitely been the case.

As much as people want to say Siemian won the starting job by default in 2016 when Peyton Manning retired and Brock Osweiler left he went out and won the job this season, proving he had made necessary improvements in his game where Paxton Lynch is still incredibly raw.

Siemian put on a very nice performance in his snaps against the San Francisco 49ers, and the numbers speak volumes to that.

We’ve seen Siemian with a very cool, calm, and collected approach to his game over the past couple of seasons, but there was an extra edge to his game against the 49ers. Siemian came out slinging, and threw a beautiful touchdown pass to Jordan Taylor on a back shoulder throw, reading the coverage perfectly.

Siemian also bounced back when he had a touchdown pass called off due to holding on Garett Bolles.

According to Pro Football Focus, Siemian has the highest QB rating in the league this preseason among quarterbacks that have taken at least 25 percent of their team’s snaps through two (or in some cases, three) games.

His rating of 134.46 is obviously very impressive, but it’s his adjusted completion percentage of 100 percent that really caught my attention.

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Siemian has completed 15 of his 19 passes attempted so far this preseason, getting sacked once with one dropped pass and three throw-aways. Those aren’t excuses being made for bad throws, but Siemian has made good decisions with the football, and despite not taking any deep shots downfield yet, he’s clearly proven himself the best option for the Broncos at this point in time.

Though we’ve suggested some trades at the quarterback position, it seems Siemian is the man the Broncos will go with for the job, especially after this strong showing.

For Paxton Lynch, it’s another disappointing offseason where he failed to clearly beat out Siemian in a fairly open competition. This offseason was certainly more ‘open’ than 2016, but Lynch — despite his ability to make ‘wow’ plays — has not seized the opportunity set before him.

Mentally, it just seems that he’s not processing the game and speed as quickly as Siemian does at this point. That takes time, of course, but the Broncos are hoping to contend for a championship and Lynch hasn’t proven he can be a positive asset for this team yet.

The Broncos may continue to evaluate in practices, but it’s clear from in-game performances that Trevor Siemian has won the starting job, and it shouldn’t take long for that announcement to be made.