QB Siemian stud­ies up on new McCoy of­fense

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Nicki Jhab­vala

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.

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