Siemian: System is starting to click
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.”