QB Siemian studies up on new McCoy offense
Trevor Siemian took a few weeks off from staring at the Broncos’ new playbook, but throughout the team’s long offseason, the quarterback has had an iPad by his side to stay up on offensive coordinator Mike McCoy’s new system and look back over his limited on-field work so far.
“I watched OTAs over again and went through some of the old San Diego stuff,” Siemian said Tuesday, referring to McCoy’s time as the Chargers’ head coach. “It’s just good to brush over it. We don’t have enough reps in it, truthfully, until we can get to camp to really have the feel you want going into a season. This camp will be good for us.”
Siemian’s review of film is broad as he looks at new concepts, similar concepts used by other teams, his poor plays in practice and why they were poor, his good plays and why they were successful, and so on.
But as he has analyzed, Siemian has also grown excited about McCoy’s system.
“There’s a lot to it, all the way from run game to the pass game. But totally different,” Siemian said. “The things I’ve appreciated in this offense so far is all the completions you can find. There are always answers all over the place, whether that’s going over the top or staying underneath and getting it to your other guys. There are answers everywhere, so that’s the thing me.” that’s exciting for Test day. Wednesday, the eve of the training camp, Broncos players will be tested on their conditioning as mandated by head coach Vance Joseph. The test was put in place to encourage players to stay in shape over the break between minicamp and training camp and will serve as a gauge for the coaches on players’ fitness.
“The conditioning test is probably the most running that all of us are going to do all year long,” rookie offensive tackle Garett Bolles said Monday. “It’s going to be a good thing for us. It’s a good thing for Coach Joseph to get out here as a new coach to see what type of players he has and the mental aspect of it. It’s all mental. That’s what it is.”
While Broncos players have it marked on their calendars and aren’t looking forward to the test, few are worried about it.
“Everybody I’ve talked to has been staying in good shape, so I think we’ll be fine,” Siemian said. Preseason predictions. Over the past few months, multiple media outlets have offered their record predictions for the 32 NFL teams. In the competitive AFC West, many have given the Broncos short shrift. Denver’s defense has typically stored preseason doubts as fuel; the players seem to thrive when they have a chip.
Linebacker Brandon Marshall, however, is paying them little mind.
“You see that, but you don’t really pay too much attention to it because you can’t put too much stock into it,” he said. “People are going to say what they think or think whatever they want to think, and that’s fine. But at the end of the day, we know who we are and we know how we’re going to be on the field.” Turnover battle. When Joe Woods was elevated from defensive backs coach to defensive coordinator in place of Wade Phillips, he said he planned to keep Phillips’ 3-4 defense as the foundation.
“Our first two years, we played a high-level defense,” Woods said in May. “We did a good job. There are a few things that we definitely need to improve on.”
One of those things — the biggest thing — is the run defense that dropped from No. 3 in average yards allowed (83.6) in 2015 to No. 28 (130.3) in 2016.
“We definitely want to stop the run. We want to be better at that,” Marshall said. “But we want to create more turnovers, and I think we will do that this year with some of the stuff we’re doing. We’re going to create more turnovers, give the offense better field position. We have to win the field position battle as a whole — offense, defense and special teams. That’s what we plan to do.”
The last two seasons the Broncos have tied for eighth and seventh, respectively, in the NFL with 27 takeaways each year.