The rumors regarding the choice of Denver?s quarterback starter for the 2016 NFL season continue as Broncos coach Gary Kubiak has yet to decide on the quarterback situation.
After the retirement of Peyton Manning, who successfully led his team to a Super Bowl 50 victory, Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian have been named co-starters on the team?s first depth chart of the year. Still, the question remains on who will be the QB starter for September 8, when the Broncos open their regular season with a Super Bowl rematch against the Carolina Panthers.
The hot favorite to be named as regular season QB starter is Sanchez as he has eight years of experience. With 72 career regular-season starts, he is expected to easily win the starting job for the regular season against Siemian, who has not thrown a pass during his two years in the league.
In addition, the Broncos team announced that Sanchez will start as the quarterback for the Broncos in the team’s preseason opener Thursday night against the Chicago Bears.
Sanchez will start and play in the first quarter while backup Siemian will play in the second quarter and rookie Paxton Lynch will play in the second half,?according to the announcement made Tuesday. This is obviously a positive sign for Sanchez?s chances of being under center in Week 1.
However, Denver coach, Kubiak, said people should not read much into which quarterback starts against the Bears.
?No, don?t,? Kubiak said. ?What we?re going to do is put a number on reps and what we want to see from each one of them so that from an evaluation standpoint we?re looking at things pretty equally. That?s the most important thing.?
Meanwhile, the Denver coach is also preparing Lynch, who was first-round pick in this year?s draft, to get ready for the starting job. Although he?s the wild card in this situation and despite his lack of experience, his terrific arm talent hasn?t gone unnoticed by Kubaik.
?The more I can play [Lynch], the more I can find out about him. If the game is rhythmic like I hope, then hopefully he plays a whole half,? Kubiak said. ?We’ve kind of been practicing that way, too; he practices a lot at the end of practice. So we’ll keep that same rhythm.?
While this year?s quarterback starter position fight is between Sanchez and Siemian, the future could possibly see Lynch challenge them both.