For weeks Broncos’ head coach Vance Joseph has come to the defense of his young quarterback Trevor Siemian calling him “our quarterback.” The first year coach met with the media Monday afternoon with a completely different tone from just a week ago.
“When you lose three in a row and how we’ve lost the football games again with yesterday on offense for turnovers, I think everything is up for discussion,” stated Joseph.
The decline from Siemian starts with the turnovers. Siemian has now thrown eight interceptions and just two touchdowns in the team’s four losses. Over the last few weeks Siemian also has struggled to step up in the pocket while instead drifting away and throwing off his back foot all too often. Joseph knows he has to do what is best for the football team.
“At the end of the day it’s about results,” declared Joseph. “It’s not about how he’s played. It’s the end result that we are not getting and it’s not good.”
As the defense continues to carry the weight of the entire team, tensions are starting to rise. Both cornerbacks Chris Harris and Aqib Talib have voiced their frustrations. However, Joseph is not outwardly concerned with the state of the locker room.
“It means that guys want to win,” said Joseph. “I don’t blame guys for being upset because again, this football team has worked hard and guys worked hard last night to win the football game and it didn’t happen. I’m not moved by Chris or Talib’s comments because they’re upset. I’m upset. We’re upset as a football team. That’s why it’s my job to find an option where we will go win football games.”
While a change at quarterback could be on the horizon, Paxton Lynch will not be an option this week. “Obviously Paxton is still healing up,” stated Joseph. “You know he practiced four days last week and he’s getting better day to day, but it would be unfair to put Paxton out there right now who hasn’t played football since week three in the preseason.”
The team will also reportedly not explore another quarterback via free agency or trade. It is still unclear when the team will make a definitive decision.
“If something is done guys I want to meet with the players first, meaning the quarterbacks and the coaches and with our football team before we put anything out there publicly so nothing is going to happen tonight by no means,” noted Joseph.
Time is of the essence for Denver. The Broncos have a short week before traveling to meet the NFC leading Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday afternoon.