The 2016 season started out well for Trevor Siemian. He could score in the first and second halves even with a terrible running game and porous offensive line. After he was thrown to the ground and suffered a grade 5 shoulder separation on his left shoulder, his 3rd down conversion rate looked quite Tebowesque. However, there would be very little scoring in the second half as the season progressed. Siemian could not run for fear of compounding his injury. The running game sucked. The offensive line was the worst in recent memory, and everyone in the NFL knew what Kubiak was going to do on every play.
With Tebow, after dozens of 3 and outs, you just knew he was going to finally do something in the 4th quarter. The defense kept the score close and then finally Tebow would come out of his quarterback coma and get it done. If the run game sucked, he would run the ball himself. Tebow could not hit the broadside of a barn, but the O-line was a thing of beauty and gave him a few minutes to wind up and throw each down. Of course, his season would end with a schooling from Tom Brady, after serving Big Ben a helping of Demaryius Thomas out in the open in overtime.
John Elway made adjustments to the worst running game in Bronco history. In addition, he made some really solid FA deals, and also acquired a Mormon monster that runs as fast a grizzly. Kubiak saw the writing on the wall and rode off into the Colorado sunset maintaining his Manning/ Elway Superbowl 50 legacy. In lieu of stagnating in Denver like he did in Houston, Kubiak baled smartly. Of course, Osweiler would become the biggest QB bust in NFL history. But then again the ASU dude should not care because he will take $36 million home to Montana. Meanwhile, Trevor makes only a little bit more than the practice squad.
John Elway also made huge changes in the coaching staff along with picking up an ADHD QB and a mini 5′ 7″ running back that can put defenders on their asses. He also took a chance on Jamaal Charles. When the Bronco O-line is up to snuff, they have had wonderful luck with veteran backs if they stay healthy. It will be nice to see when Charles takes Andy Reid’s Chiefs out of playoff contention.
We can only hope that Booker ups his game and CJ stays healthy. As it is, the RB corp will have to be trimmed, and unless Juwan Thompson substantially betters his performance, he will be gone like Bibbs. In hindsight, getting rid of Ronnie Hillman was just as stupid as letting Knowshon Moreno walk.
I figure that Trevor Siemian has 3 more games to prove himself or he rides the bench and gets dumped in the post season. Elway dumped Tebow in a New York minute in favor of Manning. If Siemian cannot perform after all the coaching and player adjustments, Elway won’t feel bad when he gives him the Plummer/Shanahan slip. In addition, unless Siemian solidifies his QB prowess, he will be relegated to low level offers from other teams. John Elway sees something in Siemian, so he will let this run its course. There won’t be any billboards just two less than average post-Manning quarterbacks and a losing season. It will be interesting if Machine gun Kelly’s nephew steps in and beats the bobzy never score in the second half twins out for the start. Paxton Lynch reminds me a Chris Simms and his less than stellar Orton replacement play.
Yupp, I say Siemian has 3 regular season games left if he sucks like he did when he played with a grade 5 shoulder separation. Like Shanny and RGIII, Kubiak played Siemian when he should have had surgery. What a tuff SOB. The 2017 schedule is tuff as hell…. It would be great if Siemian had an attitude like Derick Car, otherwise, 2017 will be a long season. .