The Denver Broncos are nearing their quarterback decision, and coach Gary Kubiak sounds quite impressed with Trevor Siemian.
Kubiak said that he could probably make a decision now if he had to, but he refused to give a timetable for when he’d formally name a starter.
“I’ve got a lot invested and a lot of work that I can make some decisions off of now,” Kubiak said after Saturday’s preseason game, via ESPN’s Jeff Legwold. “I’ll do that. Does that mean I’m going to do it [Sunday] or Monday? I don’t know. I’ve got enough going on that I can make a decision.”
With Mark Sanchez not playing at all and Trevor Siemian starting and doing nothing to make himself look bad, it seems likely that he would be the frontrunner as things stand.
“I’m impressed. I think he’s very calm,” Kubiak said of Siemian. “I can tell by the way he handles the team in the huddle, he’s got control of what’s going on. Gets a bad break on the ‘go’ ball and comes right back and goes down the field. I think what I see is a guy getting better. … I’ve got a lot of work to do. I’m going to make a decision this week. … I’m going to do that, but at the same time, I’ve got a lot of things going on. I’ll take my time and do it the right way.”
Siemian started the game, but it’s worth noting that Kubiak was talking up Paxton Lynch last week, too. Whatever the case, it sounds like Sanchez is definitely running behind in the race.
Rookie Paxton Lynch is still in the running for the Denver Broncos quarterback job.
Coach Gary Kubiak went to great lengths to assure reporters that Lynch was still very much in the conversation.
“He’s always been in the mix,” Kubiak said Saturday, via Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk. “I just told you guys that he’s behind the other two from a knowledge standpoint, but we’ve been out there competing every day. Everybody is in competition to play.”
Kubiak could just be handling things diplomatically to ensure that all three of his quarterbacks keep their heads up and fight for the role. That said, Elway has spoken highly of the youngster, and Mark Sanchez didn’t exactly impress in his audition Saturday night. It would still be a surprise, though, if Lynch won the role.
Kubiak may well already know and is just choosing to play things close to the belt. There’s almost no way the choice won’t be Peyton Manning, who, while not exactly prime Manning, did enough coming off the bench to get the Broncos the win after Brock Osweiler struggled. It’s almost impossible to imagine the Broncos going back to the youngster, particularly when he didn’t exactly seem to take his benching well.
On Thursday, Broncos coach Gary Kubiak told reporters that Peyton Manning had a “big workout” coming on Saturday. Now that it’s over, Kubiak is backtracking a bit.
“I need to shut up,” Kubiak said Saturday after the session, via ProFootballTalk. “It was a workout. It was good. They were all good workouts this week. He probably worked harder today than he did the other two days, in all honesty, but it was a real good workout.”
Kubiak was non-committal on what the workout would mean for Manning’s status in practice this week or for action next weekend.
“There is nothing — it’s just, ‘Let’s go. Let’s have a good week. Let’s work.’ That’s what he did,” Kubiak said. “I won’t go beyond that.”
It’s clear that the Broncos would like to have Manning available for the playoffs, assuming they get there. Brock Osweiler has been good enough but not a world-beater since taking over as Manning tries to overcome an injured foot. Of course, Manning may yet need surgery, and the Broncos may prefer Osweiler anyway, especially if there’s no way to get Manning fully healthy before the playoffs.
Gary Kubiak is doing his quarterback a solid by falling on the sword and taking the blame for Peyton Manning’s terrible game on Sunday that led to a benching.
The Denver Broncos head coach said after his team’s 29-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs that he made a bad decision by playing Manning, who was 5-of-20 for 35 yards and four interceptions before getting benched.
“I’m disappointed in myself. … I probably should have made the decision not to play (Manning),” Kubiak said via The Denver Post’s Nicki Jhabvala.
Manning apparently had a rib injury, as that was added to his injury report on Saturday.
Peyton Manning admitted he didn't practice until Friday this past week. Obviously injury related. Was listed as limited on Thursday.
Manning was listed on the injury report for both a foot and rib injury. He thought he could play despite the issues.
“I thought I felt good enough to play. Maybe that was a false feeling or wrong feeling,” Manning said via Jhabvala.
Manning is the quarterback and leader of the Broncos. The guy likes to make every effort possible to play, so it’s understandable why he gave it a go Sunday. It’s also understandable why Kubiak let his future Hall of Famer try to grit it out rather than play Brock Osweiler, who threw for 146 yards and a touchdown in relief. Maybe Kubiak should have just pulled the trigger on Manning earlier, but we don’t fault him for letting Manning start.
Kubiak also said in his postgame news conference that Manning will remain the team’s starter so long as he’s healthy.
How likely is Kubiak to become the team’s head coach? The Denver Post says Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin and former Bills head coach Doug Marrone cancelled their scheduled interviews with the Broncos. The indication is that they feel it would be a waste of their time.
Kubiak turned down head coaching interviews with the Jets and Bears and issued a statement last weekend saying he wanted to remain as Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator. However, Kubiak’s ties to the Broncos and the allure of the team’s talent in place has to be appealing. Kubiak was Elway’s backup quarterback and coached the team’s offense from 1995-2005 before becoming head coach of the Texans.
In addition to Kubiak, the Broncos could be interested in Bengals defensive backs coach Vance Joseph as their next defensive coordinator. Joseph interviewed with the team on Thursday night.
One concern the Broncos and Kubiak could have is the chest problem the coach experienced as his tenure with the Texans was coming to an end in 2013. Maybe coaching a winning team might help alleviate some of his stress.
In addition to Fox, the Broncos let go of their entire coaching staff. That means offensive coordinator Adam Gase and running backs coach Eric Studesville will not be candidates for the job, despite initial speculation.
If GM John Elway decides to bring in some familiar names, Gary Kubiak and Mike Shanahan could be candidates for the job.
GARY KUBIAK, BALTIMORE RAVENS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR
Was head coach of the Houston Texans for eight seasons and went 61-64. Prior to that was a Broncos offensive coach/coordinator from 1995-2005. He was John Elway’s backup quarterback in Denver as a player and has strong ties to Elway. Issued a statement Sunday saying he is not interested in head coaching jobs.
MIKE SHANAHAN, UNEMPLOYED, EX-BRONCOS COACH
Shanny took the year off from coaching but has been a hot candidate lately, interviewing with multiple teams. Coached the Broncos from 1995-2008 before they parted ways with him to bring in McDaniels. Was instrumental in taking Elway’s game to the next level and helping the Broncos win two Super Bowls. Still lives in Denver and supposedly still has good relationship with Elway.
LB’s Take: Given the way Elway has operated outside of the box throughout his time in Denver (e.g. making big moves to acquire Peyton Manning, Aqib Talib, DeMarcus Ware), I would not be surprised if he went off the board and brought in someone else nobody is thinking of. This guy aims high and delivers home runs. He’s going to do the same here, that’s my guess.