There’s been one prevailing question surrounding the Denver Broncos since the offseason: Can the Broncos get back to the Super Bowl with what they have at quarterback?
What they have has worked to this point. A combination of second-year pro Trevor Siemian and rookie Paxton Lynch has gotten Denver off to a solid 4-2 start, although the Broncos have lost consecutive games entering Monday night’s contest against Brock Osweiler and the Houston Texans.
But Denver’s early success can pretty much be attributed to its legendary defense. Denver ranks 7th in scoring defense (18 points allowed per game) and total defense (295 yards allowed per game). But, the offense ranks 13th and 23rd in those respective categories.
Much of that could be attributed to Denver’s quarterback play and ESPN’s Jon Gruden suggests Siemian and Lynch might not be enough to get Denver back to the promised land. Gruden goes on to say that the Broncos could consider acquiring an established veteran quarterback.
“The Broncos get another shot to evaluate their 2016 prospects when Trevor Siemian starts against the Texans,” Gruden wrote. “Siemian and Paxton Lynch have long-term promise. They are the future. But the championship window for this defense will not stay this wide open forever, and if the Broncos’ offense continues to sputter, a short-term move for Tony Romo or Jay Cutler before the Nov. 1 trading deadline should be a consideration, at least.”
Essentially, Gruden is suggesting the Broncos go all in for one more Super Bowl and worry about the future when it gets here. That strategy makes some sense, as Denver’s defense isn’t filled with a ton of young talent. But, the Broncos would have to be willing to take on the hefty contracts that come with Romo or Cutler.
Then again, John Elway has had an awfully strong track record recently. Osweiler played a major role in preserving Denver’s season while Manning recovered from his injury. Plus, Siemian seemed to be hitting his stride before injuring his shoulder during Denver’s Week 4 win over Tampa Bay. Siemian tossed four touchdowns the week prior in his first true road start and was carving up the Buccaneers before getting hurt.
The Broncos won Super Bowl 50 because of their defense and timely plays from the offense. The question is whether Denver views Siemian as a substantial downgrade from last year’s quarterback production.
The Broncos will have one more game and one more week to think about it.