Elwood sent Tebow packing because he felt that the pocket passer was the only way to play football. In fact, he and the Bronco high command made it clear that the post-Manning quarterbacks would stay in the pocket until the cows came home or they were sacked for a loss. Now, that is great when a QB can make quick reads, a quick release, and the receiver as adequate separation. A QB needs all three elements in order to throw the ball. Of late, the opposing defenders have painted themselves on the Bronco receiver corps, thereby eliminating separation, reducing completions, and creating an environment for interceptions. Just ask Osweiler when he forced the ball to Sanders and turned the ball over on downs with a minute remaining.
It does seem that there is not the QB /WR synergy that was there when Tebow threw to DT etc. While the Tebow wind up was long, when he saw a WR open downfield, he could float it into the arms of the receiver on a dime.
The Broncos have made excellent gains as it relates to the running game. CJ Anderson is in rare form, and Devonte Booker is a completely different animal this year. The Broncos have yet to really exploit Jamaal Charles and turn him into a Levion Bell or Chris Thompson. This, I blame on the coaching and inept play calling. The Raiders will be blitzing to shake up Lynch, this is where they exploit Lynch and Charles. Knowshawn Moreno was a champ at across the line of scrimmage tosses when he abandoned the QB block and Manning melted back from the line of scrimmage and made an accurate toss. Montana was excellent at this and his toss touch was way better than Elwood. Siemian has this depth.
During Manning’s first Superbowl loss with the Broncos, Russel Wilson held a clinic on how to run the ball. While Russel Wilson can read the field and throw quicker than Tim Tebow, he was basically Tim Tebow lite when it came to running. Tebow, on the other hand, ran over people in Beast Mode fashion. Then again, Russel Wilson is a champ at running to the sideline and extending the ball for a yard more as he goes out of bounds. All the while, he is looking for a receiver. Russel Wilson also knows how to straight arm better than any other QB in the league. Tim Tebow was excellent at this as well. Above all, Russel Wilson knew where the first down marker was and had to the quickness to run the angle. He also has eyes in the back of his head like Elway. Siemian is so focused on throwing, he gets run over from behind.
Back when the Broncos had Clady, the Big O, Kuper, and Vasquez, a QB could roast marshmallows. The shitty O-line started during the last part of Manning’s Bronco tenure. It was a surprise that he made it out of Denver without a walker.
Elwood wanted Siemian to be a Manning style pocket passer. It worked at first, then it debilitated to constant 3 and outs. Like a trooper, Siemian stayed in the pocket and attempted to read a field with painted on receivers. Eventually, when nothing evolved, the pocket would collapse and Siemian would hold on to the ball. Even when he was flushed from the pocket and 20 yards from the line of scrimmage, he would not throw the ball away. He did this over and over and over again. Of course, they would run the ball up the middle on third downs and lose a yard. Last year, they did this over and over and over again.
Now, Vance Joseph is so paranoid about losing his job, he is begging Paxton Lynch to run the ball like Tebow when he cannot throw. Wow, what a concept!
So anyway, the Broncos are simplifying the playbook and asking the QB to run when rushing lanes become available. Imagine if Tim Tebow had backed up Manning for 4 seasons like Brocko Osweily coyote? The Broncos would have a really good QB that could throw the ball and run over linebackers.
Dude, go out and play some damn football and take no quarter. Do not be paranoid and cut it loose.
Good luck Paxton.