Drastic times call for drastic measures, which is why the Denver Broncos should bench quarterback Trevor Siemian in favor of Brock Osweiler for the second half of their Week 7 game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Broncos entered the game against the Chargers on Sunday coming off three straight anemic offensive performances. Against the Buffalo Bills in Week 3, they scored 16 points and produced 366 yards of total offense. Against the Oakland Raiders in Week 4, they scored 16 points and totaled 298 yards of total offense. And against the then-winless New York Giants in Week 6, they scored 10 points and produced 412 yards of total offense (most of which came in garbage time). Their first half against Los Angeles hasn’t been much better.
In eight first-half drives, the Broncos have fumbled twice and punted six times. They have just 102 yards of total offense, and when it comes down to it, it’s hard to see them mustering up enough offensive production to have any chance at winning against the Chargers with the status quo. Los Angeles led the game 14-0 at the half.
At the root of the Broncos’ offensive problems in their last four games has been the play of Siemian.
After opening the season with two outstanding performances (which included him winning the Week 2 FedEx Air Player of the Week Award), the former Northwestern quarterback is been well below average.
In the first half against the Chargers, Siemian has lost one fumble and been sacked twice. In his three previous games, he turned the ball over four times (all interceptions) and was sacked 11 times.
What’s more troubling, though, is the fact that Denver looks flat and unconfident on the offensive side of the ball — something that is a direct reflection of Siemian.
With their season at a crossroads, the time has come for head coach Vance Joseph to make his first truly difficult decision on the job, and replace Siemian with Osweiler.
If nothing else, the move may light a fire under his team.