In the final game of the 2017 season, Denver Broncos coach Vance Joseph said the team will start quarterback Paxton Lynch against the Kansas City Chiefs.
“The plan is to play Paxton,” Joseph said, per Ben Swanson of the team’s official website. “That was kind of the plan last week, if he was healthy enough to play. So this week that’s the plan, to play Paxton. He wasn’t quite ready last week [after a high-ankle sprain]. Hopefully he’s ready to go this week. That’s the plan.”
Brock Osweiler got the start in the 27-11 loss to the Washington Redskins – amid speculation that the Broncos could chase Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins in the offseason. Some even called the game an audition for Cousins to prove he was worth it. He threw for 299 yards and 3 touchdowns.
To decide if they should go after a free agent or draft a quarterback, though, the Broncos have to see Lynch play. He was their first-round pick in 2016.
“We want to see him play,” Joseph said. “Obviously that’s been the goal the last couple weeks, and that hasn’t happened. So we want to see him play [with] live bullets in a football game. Our first goal is to win the football game, obviously. With it being a QB issue going into the offseason, we want to see him play to see what this player is. Obviously to win the game is our first priority — not saying if he’s playing we can’t win. He’s going to be our quarterback, [and] we expect to win.”
Joseph has to say that the goal is to win because that’s what a lot of fans want to hear. In actuality, it would be better for their draft position to lose, and seeing if Lynch is the quarterback of the future is more important than anything else as the season ends.