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The Denver Broncos Quarterback Saga

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Broncos Quarterbacks: A Timeline

In Denver, the starting Broncos quarterback is still unknown. With much curiosity as to what is going on, here is a compilation of events ordered; chronologically to piece together the quarterback situation. Hopefully, this will supply some insight as to who is a leading contender for QB1.

Sunday, February 7, 2016: All was good for Broncos fans on this date, as they were Super Bowl 50 winners. A feeble but mostly ok quarterback by the name of Peyton Manning. This game was Manning‘s last NFL game ever.  Manning has a lackluster game, throwing for only 141 yards and one interception.  It was evident to NFL fans akin that it was time for Peyton to step down.

Monday, March 7, 2016: A month after winning the Super Bowl, Peyton Manning declared his retirement from a career that appeared almost storybook.

His final public words as an NFL QB went as so,

“I’ve fought a good fight. I’ve finished my football race and after 18 years, it’s time. God bless all of you, and God bless football.”

The precise words to encapsulate all Manning did for the National Football League.

Thursday, March 10, 2016: Meanwhile in the same week as Manning‘s retirement speech, the assumed heir to Broncos QB position, Brock Osweiler signed a $72 million deal with the Houston Texans.

Desperate for a quarterback, the Texans were willing to acquire the 25-year-old, who only started seven games. This move startled Broncos fans, as now the reigning Super Bowl champs only had one quarterback, Trevor Siemian on the roster.

March 11, 2016: The Denver Broncos acquired Philadephia QB Marc Sanchez for conditional draft pick. The response to this selection by the Broncos was shocking to those in Denver. For the cost, it brought some (a very slight amount) of relief. Now lone QB Siemian has another individual to compete for that starting job.

March 24, 2016: Although Sanchez was acquired, Broncos were still in communications with Collin Kapernick. Kaepernick has been under-productive since the departure of former 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh. But someone in the Broncos camp must have thought he’d be a good gamble.

April 9, 2016: Super-Bowl MVP and former Texas A&M star Von Miller lobbied for Quarterback Johhny Manizel to come to Denver. Miller, claiming

“If I had to make my decision on it, he would already be on the Broncos.” Many didn’t agree with Miller‘s idea, including the Broncos front office.

April 18, 2016: A petition to bring former quarterback Tim Tebow reached 2,000 signatures, John Elway probably laughed out loud if he heard this news.

April 20, 2016: Several prospects came out to Dove Valley, Broncos HQ.  Some of those being former Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer and draft selections such as Connor Cook and Paxton Lynch. No word came out of the Broncos camp on these visits.

April 25, 2016: Growing concerns about the starting quarterback began to occur. It was clear that fans were not happy with the choice of Siemian or Sanchez.

Fans were growing more impatient and felt in the dark due to the lack of movement in the front office.

April 28, 2016: In the 2016 NFL draft, the Broncos traded up for the 26th pick to obtain quarterback Paxton Lynch from Memphis. Much was foreign about Lynch, but many fans were just comforted to have someone to choose from to fill that starting quarterback slot.

June 9, 2016: Paxton Lynch and the Broncos closed on a rookie contract worth $9.5 million, for four years. Now, Broncos fans can worry a little less, seeing as there is now, three quarterbacks to select.

The takeaway from this quarterback drama in Denver is that, if you are supporting this organization, there isn’t much you can do to critique the front office.

As of now, Elway and his crew have to be one of, if not the best. The management, coaching, and players are the most precise the league.

Whenever Elway does something, it isn’t random; he is an incredible general manager. If he likes any of these players, the odds are large that they will work in the Broncos System.

Another point to consider is the sheer fact that in Denver, the quarterback isn’t the most important position that needs filling. The Broncos won a Super Bowl this year solely around their defense, scoring a touchdown and forcing four fumbles.

If this team wants to preserve a place in the Superbowl this next season; maintaining the Defense is essential. Making sure to negotiate contracts with the main players such as Miller is key.

So to reiterate one last time, breathe, deep Orange County. The fate of your team is in great hands.