According to ESPN's Jeff Legwold, while people on the outside are mocking the addition of quarterback Mark Sanchez, people inside the Broncos complex feel far better about his potential in Gary Kubiak's offense.
And in general would say inside the #Broncos complex, they feel far better about Sanchez' potential in offense than some folks on outside.— Jeff Legwold (@Jeff_Legwold) March 16, 2016
The Denver Broncos traded with the Philadelphia Eagles last week for former first-round quarterback Mark Sanchez. The Broncos only had to give up a conditional 7th round pick in exchange for the veteran quarterback.
General Manager John Elway tweeted out that Sanchez was brought in to compete for the starting quarterback job, and Sanchez echoed that during his press conference earlier this week.
"Just get in here and compete your but off for a starting role, trying to lead this team. That’s my goal to start this coming fall, be ready to play and help this team win."
Obviously, John Elway and Head Coach Gary Kubiak feel good about Sanchez's fit in the team's offense since they traded for him. Kubiak's offense relies on the running game to set up the play action pass/bootleg, and this is something Sanchez can do. He has the athleticism needed to do it, and the arm strength to throw the ball down the field.
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Sanchez told the media that he believes he is a "great fit" for what the Broncos like to do on the offensive side of the ball.
"I think it’s a great fit and could be a smooth transition. I’ve seen his success, not only as a player, but as a coach and one of the great offensive minds in this league. That is encouraging as a quarterback. I feel like they put their quarterback in a great situation and that’s with the personnel around the quarterback, the defense, the special teams, everything involved. Those are all important aspects and this is the ultimate team sport. I think he understands that. This organization understands that with the culture they’ve built. I have run a lot of those concepts. I’ve seen a lot of their stuff on film. That’s encouraging and I think it will be a smooth transition."
While I agree that Sanchez is a good fit in this offense, I have a hard time thinking that the Broncos view him as anything more than a backup on this team. At this point in his career, we all know what Sanchez is. He isn't suddenly going to turn into a Pro Bowl quarterback under Kubiak because of the Broncos "quarterback friendly system".
I have faith that Sanchez could come in and run the offense for a handful of games if the starter(whoever that is) goes down due to an injury. He has proven he can do that, and I believe Kubiak could make it work for a few games
That's who he is, and the Broncos appear confident that Sanchez fits into that role.
Now the Broncos have to figure out who their starter is.