Just in case you were on the planet Mars all of Monday, Gary Kubiak made the decision, choosing the untested Trevor Siemian to lead the Denver Broncos into the regular season. Siemian will start September 8 against the Carolina Panthers.
During Siemian's evaluation process that started in OTAs and ended yesterday, Coach Kubiak had always left the door open for the second-year signal-caller to seize control of the job and it culminated in yesterday’s press conference.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1681565-5-reasons-you-should-go-p... The media and fans alike are quick to look for explanations of how Coach Kubiak came to his conclusion, while forgoing the opinions of the running backs and receivers who Siemian will be leading come the start of the season. Monday, Emmanuel Sanders, the Pro Bowl pass-catcher, talked about what has stood out for him in Siemian's game.
“Trevor is calm, cool and collected," Sanders said. "I don’t know if you guys have talked to him much, but you guys will learn he is who is. He’s not faking who he is. He was going through a lot of pressure situations even going through training camp, making the right throws and the right reads. The coaches were putting a lot of pressure on him. He came into the locker room the next day, still joking and laughing. He’s calm, cool and collected. Sometimes I feel like everything is about destiny and this is his destiny to be the quarterback of the Denver Broncos. This is opportunity. This is his shot. I think he’s going to make the most of it.”
For an untested and unproven commodity like Siemian, gaining the respect of the veterans around him is vital to his and the team’s success.
“I think you look at Brock [Osweiler] over with the Texans," Sanders said. "Brock is having a lot of success. You see Trevor, he spent a year [here]. Once you have an opportunity to play behind Peyton Manning you kind of understand the quarterback position and what it takes. Trevor didn’t have much time, but in that year he learned a lot. He learned how Peyton prepared and his thought process and the way he carried himself."
Siemian comes off as a very cool customer. Some media-ites might even consider him to be boring. Not Sanders, however.
"He has a very calm, cool demeanor," Sanders said. "I can’t say that enough about him. Even when he comes into the huddle, Miley Cyrus will be playing and it can be third and five, and Trevor is sitting up here singing a song while he’s going into the huddle. I’m like what are you doing bro? That’s just how he is. That’s what kind of guy he is. He keeps everyone calm. That’s what it’s about. The National Football League is a pressure situation. We’re always put under pressure, so once you have the main leader of the offense always calm and cool, the offense is going to be the same. He’s our leader.”
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1700721-preseason-game-3-player-g... Although fans and we in the media might not have much of a clue on what to expect from Siemian as the regular season gets under way, there's no doubt he is surrounded with a bevy of elite-level skill-position players. Sanders has taken stock of that fact.
“At the end of the day, you have myself and you have Demaryius, and you have a wide receiver corps that is very deep," he said. "I think our backfield is very deep. I think offensively, I can’t say it enough, I think we will be better. This is our second year in Kubiak’s system. I think the offensive line is better and molding better. I think we’re going to be able to move the football and score in the red zone. They can do whatever they want, but we’ll be ready for it.”
The players and coaches are all saying the right things about Siemian, and as well they should—it’s important to present a unified front and stand behind the choice of the head coach.
What is missing in Sanders' remarks are any kind of superlatives or excitement about Siemian's actual performance during the preseason. It’s important for a quarterback to be cool and relaxed, but you have to produce on the field when it matters, relaxed or not. It’s also something that has been consistently missing in the coaches' evaluation of Siemian
Expectations for Siemian are wide-ranging and far-fetched, going away from darkhorse turned quality NFL quarterback, to semi-efficient game manger. While you won’t find anyone saying a bad thing so far about Trevor Siemian getting the first crack as the starting quarterback for the Broncos, it will be a significant accomplishment in itself if he were to finish the season in the same capacity.
Adam Uribes is an Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @auribes37.
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