The time has officially come for the Denver Broncos to start looking toward 2018. And their first step in looking to that future should be to name Paxton Lynch their starting quarterback for the remainder of the 2017 season.
With their 20-17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, the Broncos fell to 3-7 this season. According to Troy Renck of Denver7-ABC, 93 teams in the last 27 seasons have opened a season 3-7, and none of them went on to make the playoffs.
As said on broadcast and in my game story… since 1990 93 teams have started season 3-7. Zero have made playoffs. Time to take look at some younger players #Denver7
— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) November 20, 2017
With their season now reduced to being a playing for pride situation, the Broncos simply have no choice to but to see what they have in Lynch.
The Trevor Siemian experiment turned out to be a total flop, and veteran Brock Osweiler (the starter Sunday) has proven to be nothing more than backup material.
Now, Lynch was massively disappointing during training camp, clearly struggling to read defenses.
But given the hefty investment Denver made to acquire him (by trading up in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft), it would be foolish not to see if there is any inkling of a possibility that the former Memphis star can be the team’s quarterback of the future.
Lynch is finally healthy after suffering a sprained right (throwing) shoulder in the Broncos’ final game of the preseason against the Arizona Cardinals. He was promoted to backup (ahead of Siemian) against the Bengals — a clear indicator that the team believes the 23-year-old is ready to play.
When it comes down to it, this situation is simple. While he still may very well go down as a bust, the Broncos have nothing to lose by playing Lynch at this point in the season.