It's not about the quarterbacks. Well, it is, but it isn't. As Ian St. Clair and I discussed on the MHR Radio podcast, this has more to do with confusion and anxiousness.
Following the first day of mandatory minicamps and OTAs, Vance Joseph essentially told the media there was no timetable for picking a starting QB. Then he said there would be no decision until one of the players was, “clear separation.” Then he said nothing was being evaluated. And he said no decision would be made until training camp and games had been played. So, there is no timetable? Or there is? What?
Vance Joseph, on the length of the QB competition in camp this summer: "When I see a clear separation, I'll call it off."— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) June 13, 2017
I get it. There is no way the Denver Broncos are going to pick a starting QB based on practice. Especially if this is just practicing how to practice. And without a clear advantage for one player over the other, no choice needs to be made. Still, it's pretty confusing to hear the coach have his cake and eat it too.
All any of us want is to know. I still contend that this discussion has been good for Bronco fans. Is it Paxton Lynch or Trevor Siemian? But not knowing is the hardest part. And hearing the head coach say that nothing is being evaluated during this period of practice was a little disheartening. It is inconceivable that during this stretch of practice nothing can be taken away. Is nothing being evaluated? Are we really ignoring everything that is happening on the field? Are they even on a football field?
Vance Joseph said that "zero to none" of the QB decision is based on OTAs and minicamp. All about training camp and preseason games.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) June 13, 2017
Does that mean injuries don't count, too? Ludicrous question, especially if you ask Kyle Peko, but practicing how to practice doesn’t factor in? Not at all? Zero percent? I find it hard to believe the company line on this.
Evaluations have started. Make no mistake, everything the quarterbacks do is being assessed right now. Just like every other player on the team. All we know now is that the Broncos still haven’t made a decision.
Don’t worry. When John Elway is ready, they will announce who the starter is. Not one second sooner.