Fans of the Denver Broncos set records with their attendance at training camp this year. It was an impressive show of support for the team, and not an uncommon theme. Broncos country is one of the best fanbases in the NFL. However, Broncos Country is a little uneasy right now.
There is a dark cloud over the franchise. Every report, tweet, or crow about the Broncos is met with fear, anger, arguments, and consternation. The reason for this uneasiness? The obvious football cliche that all franchises hope to avoid. If you have two quarterbacks, you actually have none.
There is an interesting phenomenon in football that Denver fans have been dealing with over the summer. With no true QB, every little issue seems like the end of the world. As Ian St. Clair and I discussed on the MHR Radio podcast, not having a solid starter at the QB position makes everything else murky.
Just think back to August 12th. Derek Wolfe goes down with an injury, and Twitter blows up with the end of the season. Losing Wolfe would have been detrimental to the season, but the cloud of darkness crept in pretty quickly. Then Chris Harris Jr. seemed to tweek something. Nothing major, but the reaction on Twitter was deep fear and panic.
Derek Wolfe is not putting any weight on his right leg. Now being carted back to the main building. Awful news.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) August 12, 2017
The observation here is actually a simple one. There is a calming affect a starting QB has on a franchise. Imagine the reaction of Broncos Country during the Peyton Manning era. Yes, fans would have been unhappy. Yes, a small amount of panic may have set in. But no, it would not have been the apocalyptic scene of today’s fans.
At this point, the Broncos need a starting quarterback to simply act as a Xanax for the fans. Whether Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch is named the starter, the sooner it happens the better. It seems as if this will all be over soon. The second preseason game will be Lynch’s chance to impress the coaching staff. Siemian looks like he has done enough to retain the starting job for now. Of course, even after a starter is named everything could change.
Not only is the season far from over, it is far from started. If the last few weeks have been hard on your ticker, you may want to get some heart medication. Until the Broncos have the QB situation figured out, even the smallest blip will cause the sky to tumble. It might be time to buy an umbrella.