If you are one calling for the benching of Trevor Siemian, then you just need to stop. The Denver Broncos don’t want to hear it. Head coach Vance Joseph reaffirmed that Siemian was their guy and, on Friday, offensive coordinator Mike McCoy made sure to point out that the offensive failures are everyone’s fault.
“[Chargers DE Melvin Ingram] Mel got him pretty good on the one”, McCoy said of how the offense can protect Siemian better. “That says a lot about Trev with the toughness and the way he fought through some of those things when you’re getting hit like that. We have to do a better job of protecting him and make good, quick decision with the football to get it out on time. Everyone needs to be held accountable for that. We’re all in that together. It’s not just one guy, one position. It’s everybody—all 11.”
McCoy’s faith in Siemian is unwavering and he is seeing failures across the board that help create a most of the issues the team is having with scoring points.
A lot of people think Siemian holds the ball too long, but he ranks 12th in that mark according to Pro Football Focus. The ball is coming out, but there are many other questions that need to be answered for why a play didn’t work.
“It’s different every play,” McCoy said. “I wouldn’t say he’s holding it too long. It’s all different reasons. Is somebody not open? Did he miss a progression? Did somebody miss a block? There are a number of different things for every play. It’s not just the same thing. He might slide in the pocket when he thinks he can go a certain way instead of stepping up. It’s not just one thing. It’s not just one player. It’s all of us. I can do some things better, too. As coaches, we’re going to look at the film first every week at practice and see what we’re doing and how can we change too. It’s not just players. It’s coaches, too. I have to do a better job.”
I love the honesty here, but the fan inside of me definitely blurted out, ‘Oh great, so everyone is bad at their jobs? Awesome!’ and quickly turned back on my quasi-professional blogger in me.
McCoy is right. The failure has been in scheme and execution, although the film shows plenty of missed opportunities for big offensive plays. The failure to execute those big plays sure seems to rest on Siemian himself, but what offensive coordinator would throw one of their players under the bus after a tough game?
Rick Dennison did that to Paxton Lynch last year after a victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, but McCoy has a bit more savvy when it comes to player development it appears.
Which is a good thing, because Siemian’s confidence level is probably at an all-time low. He needs his coaches support now more than ever.
“There’s going to be ups and downs in that position,” McCoy said of Siemian’s confidence level. “You’re going to have certain days where you may not perform. As you guys have already mentioned, what he talked to you guys about, he works extremely hard at what he does. He prepares, Billy [Musgrave] has done a great job with him and you move on to the next game. That’s what you have to do, it’s the next play. To see some of the thing that happened that game and he just kept fighting through the game. It wasn’t our best game as an offense obviously.”
The offense needs a spark. Where will they find it this week?
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