After opening the season with two excellent performances, Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian has had three straight subpar outings.
In fact, his play his been so poor that some media outlets are suggesting the Broncos should give their backup, Brock Osweiler, a chance to work with the first-team offense.
On Wednesday afternoon, Denver coach Vance Joseph put an end to any such speculation.
“Absolutely, Trevor is our quarterback,’’ Joseph said after practice on Wednesday. “We’re 3-2. As a team, we’re getting better. Nothing has been perfect. No one has been perfect, including myself. Absolutely, he’s our quarterback.”
Siemian was riding high after his Week 2 performance (22 of 32 for 232 yards, 4 touchdowns, 1 interception and a quarterback rating of 116.0) against the Dallas Cowboys, which earned him a FedEx Air Player of the Week award. In the three games since, the former Northwestern Wildcats QB has completed 69 of 116 passes (59.5 percent) for 814 yards, 2 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. More importantly, the Broncos have a 1-2 record in their last three games.
Siemian is fully aware that his play needs to improve in a hurry. After the team’s practice on Wednesday, the 25-year-old quarterback made it clear that he is healthy (he suffered a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder against the New York Giants in Week 6) and ready to get back out on the field.
“You’re going to hit adversity during the season; it’s just a matter of when,’’ Siemian said on Wednesday. “As it just so happens, this past week for us. The Patriots went 17-0, but you’re going to lose games and you’re going to stub your toe. How do you respond? Especially this week, it’s a big week for us, divisional game. I wish we could play tomorrow and get back out there. We’ll have a good week of work and be ready to win.”