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Horse Tracks: Broncos' 'No Fly Zone' not letting the quarterback battle get interesting

The first three days of training camp are in the books. So far its the Denver Broncos defense that has been the shining star, eliminating any and all offensive sparks with a suffocating secondary.

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Even in practice, the Denver Broncos defense is smothering everything Mark Sanchez or Trevor Siemian try to do with the offense. Why just them? Because those are the quarterbacks facing the first and second string defenses on every snap. Paxton Lynch is getting all of the reps with the third string.

Typically, an offense would have the advantage facing the defense in practice. Not against the all-consuming man coverage the No Fly Zone runs. Even Gary Kubiak noted that reality.

"I tell them that every day. It’s like I tell our receivers and tight ends, if you can’t beat man coverage, you are going to have a hard time making the Broncos because we play man almost every snap," said Kubiak. "It’s just so competitive. We are just so hard to throw against because of what we do coverage-wise. That’s what makes us good. I tell them that every day. You couldn’t ask for anything better. If you want to be as good as you can be, you get to work against it every day."

You can slap anyone upside the head who tries to suggest this team isn't going to be near the top of the AFC in 2016. During the first three days of camp, there has been few successful deep passes against the first or second string defenses.

We could suggest that is an indictment on either Sanchez or Siemian, but really it is just an affirmation of what we've all already witnessed from this defense through its Super Bowl championship run. There will be no regression on that side of the ball.

I like the phrase Iron Sharpens Iron, but it looks more like Iron Versus Steel out there. That is going to make this quarterback battle very boring indeed. I can't imagine how difficult it is for coaches to determine which quarterback is winning this job.

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