Now that the Von Miller drama is over, the focus has shifted to who the Denver Broncos will peg as their starting quarterback. With training camp now a week away, the amp is cranking up. Sides are digging their heels in … well, even more than before.
Earlier this week it came out that Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian were pretty much tied for the job, with rookie Paxton Lynch a little behind.
On Wednesday, Broncos defensive tackle Sylvester Williams sang a different tune. In an interview with Tom Pelissero and Bill Polian on their Sirius XM show Late Hits, Williams said Gary Kubiak told the team he would go in a different direction.
"Right now, they’re giving all three of those guys equal reps, so I don’t think either one of them has created any advantage at this point, because they haven’t consistently been with the ones yet," Williams said. "But I think, going into the camp, I think Coach Kub kind of let us know he’s going to go with Mark and give Mark the opportunity to see what he can do and then go on from there.
"But me, personally, I’ve got a lot of faith in Mark and Trevor as well and Paxton. But I feel like Mark can go out there and get the job done if he needed to."
Given that Sanchez is the veteran of the trio, that’s not much of a surprise. The collective thought is you give him every chance to lose the job. Whether he keeps the starting gig is up to him. That fits in with how John Elway and Kubiak like to do things. Make people earn their jobs. Nothing is given in Denver. They want this decision to be difficult, and the best way to accomplish that is through competition.
"So we’re going to be in good shape," Williams said on the show. "But I feel like (Sanchez is) going to training camp and he’s got the opportunity to lose the job. And if he holds onto it, I think we’re going to be in good shape. If not, I think we’ve got guys that are going to step up as well."
It's time to stop doubting Mark Sanchez because of his past https://t.co/BCozw0hyQ1— Broncos Wire (@TheBroncosWire) July 21, 2016
The main reason Williams and his teammates have so much confidence any player in the trio can lead the team is the guy at the top. The Broncos trust Kubiak. They know he will make the decision that puts the team in the best chance to win, just as he showed in Week 17 last season against the San Diego Chargers.
That’s what leadership is and how you win in the NFL.
"I think we’ve got one of the greatest offensive minds in Coach Kub as the head man, so I think with him out there with the guys and everything, he’s going to stay on them tough," Williams said on the show. "I wouldn’t be surprised if he was in the meetings every day with them. I think we’re going to be all right at the quarterback position. But if I had to personally go with a guy and pick a guy that I thought would win the job, I think it will be Mark Sanchez."