Siemian: Sys­tem is start­ing to click

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Nicki Jhab­vala

Trevor Siemian has been here be­fore, look­ing ahead to a pre­sea­son game in his col­lege town of Chicago, await­ing his first live op­por­tu­nity to au­di­tion for the Bron­cos’ start­ing quar­ter­back job. He knows the rou­tine, knows the in­her­ent pres­sure and has shown a knack for man­ag­ing both.

But re­cently, some­thing changed for him as he took more rep­e­ti­tions and saw more time in of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Mike McCoy’s sys­tem. As the of­fense got more com­plex in prac­tice, Siemian ap­peared to hit his stride.

“I can’t tell ex­actly when, but prob­a­bly a week or so I just kind of felt a lit­tle more com­fort­able, like things were click­ing for me and I got a big-pic­ture thought of how we’re try­ing to at­tack scheme and de­fenses,” Siemian said Tues­day. “I just felt com­fort­able … getting go­ing and also getting a feel for all the guys. First, sec­ond, third (team), it doesn’t mat­ter — just getting a feel for how guys run, what they do well, and I think we’re all in a good spot right now.”

Thurs­day night, in the Bron­cos’ pre­sea­son opener against the Bears, Siemian will start and play about a quar­ter and a half be­fore hand­ing the keys to Pax­ton Lynch. In the Bron­cos’ sec­ond pre­sea­son game against the San Fran­cisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., Lynch will start and Siemian will prob­a­bly take over in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Pre­sea­son ac­tion, coach Vance Joseph has em­pha­sized, counts the most in this quar­ter­back com­pe­ti­tion. But in the long term, McCoy is out to build an uptempo of­fense that’s “ex­plo­sive” and does “what­ever it takes to score as many points and score as fast as we can, week in and week out.”

Af­ter 11 days of train­ing camp, Siemian said he has a good idea of the ex­pec­ta­tions.

“I think I got a feel for all of us,” he said. “We want to put pres­sure on the de­fense ev­ery snap, ev­ery play, and that’s a com­mon theme all over the place. It’s just how well we can do it. I think with the guys we have — the re­ceivers, run­ning backs and the way our of­fen­sive line is com­ing to­gether, I think we have a good chance to do that.”

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