Denver Broncos coach Vance Joseph has not yet officially picked his starting quarterback for Sunday, as he decides between Paxton Lynch and Brock Osweiler. However, he definitely sounds like he’d rather play Lynch. He just doesn’t know if he can.
“We have two more games,” Joseph said, per Mike Klis of 9News. “My concern is making sure he’s healthy enough to play at a high level. He has an ankle injury and he hasn’t practiced in three weeks. He’s a quarterback that can use his legs when he’s in danger, so I want to make sure he’s right. That’s why we’re taking our time trying to figure out if he’s ready to play, so we can evaluate him. That’s why we didn’t name a guy yesterday or the day before. That’s the issue.”
Since that’s the reason they didn’t name a starter, it definitely means they want to start Lynch, but they’ll start Osweiler if he’s the only healthy option.
Joseph wants to make the right move. Lynch was a first-round pick. They need to evaluate him so that they know what to do for the future, especially with a high pick in the draft.
Does that mean Joseph knows his job is safe, despite this disaster of a season? After all, the only reason he’d care about evaluating Lynch for the future is if he knows he’s going to be part of that future. If the Broncos were going to move on from him after one year, he’d rather start Osweiler to get as many wins on his personal record as possible.
Of course, nothing is certain. New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo decided to bench Eli Manning to take a look at his young quarterbacks and then was promptly fired. Manning came back as the starter the following week. Joseph is safe until the end of the season, per John Elway, but it’s hard to know after that.