Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph wasn’t there to draft Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch. He’s not tied to either quarterback.
In some ways, that gave him the chance to really hold a pure quarterback competition, simply evaluating what he saw. He now revealed exactly why he picked Siemian to be the starter for the second season in a row, despite having a 2016 first-round pick in Lynch.
“The process took time, taking into account the OTAs, the meetings, every day of Phase 1, moving on to training camp and the games we played,” Joseph said on NBC’s Pro Football Talk Live, per Michael David Smith. “We came out with Trevor being the guy because of the consistency. We’ve said all along we were looking for decision making, operation of the offense and obviously ball placement, and overall Trevor was more consistent doing those three things for us.”
That’s always been Siemian’s biggest advantage. There was originally thought that Lynch’s ceiling would be higher, but he’s also more of a risk. Siemian, with much more experience even though he’s just going into his third year, has settled into the role.
This move is for good. They’re not starting Siemian for a week or two while deciding if they should switch to Lynch.
“He’s our starter,” Joseph said. “It’s a permanent deal. It’s not going to be a week-to-week decision.”
The new head coach isn’t the only one who made that call. He also worked closely with general manager and former star QB John Elway.
“It’s a huge decision, so to make it by myself, that wouldn’t have been wise,” Joseph admitted.
Of course, that doesn’t mean fans will never see Lynch. Siemian did struggle with injuries at times in 2016, and Lynch got two starts. Joseph, though, appears to hope the Broncos won’t need anyone but Siemian in 2017.