The Denver Broncos had their fair share of quarterback issues last season whether it was ineffective play or injury. With the team built to win now, the Broncos were rumored to be shopping for a quarterback this offseason and were heavily linked to Dallas Cowboys signal caller Tony Romo. Unfortunately, Romo decided to call it a career and foray into the world of color commentary for CBS.
BREAKING: Tony Romo will replace Phil Simms on CBS.
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) April 4, 2017
With their number one offseason target calling it quits, where does that leave the Broncos?
Well, it basically leaves them where they’ve been the entire offseason. According to sources inside the organization, general manager John Elway and the rest of the Broncos front office wasn’t as invested in bringing Romo to Denver as previously reported.
John Elway says the Broncos aren't in on Tony Romo. He says the team is comfortable with current QBs on roster.
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) March 27, 2017
Now that Romo is finished with football, Denver has no choice but to follow through with head coach Vance Joseph’s original plan of having Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian duke it out for the starting job during training camp.
— NFL News (@New_NFL_News) March 1, 2017
The collective groans from Broncos Nation can be heard across the country, and while the fans will be left wondering what could have been with Romo under center, it doesn’t mean they should give up on the 2017 season just yet.
The Broncos already know what they have in Siemian. He’s an accurate passer on short to intermediate routes and is able to force throws into tight windows, but he’s nothing more than a game manager. Siemian’s struggles with the deep ball were well documented last season and he had trouble consistently hitting his receivers outside the numbers.
Lynch, on the other hand, is a huge question mark. He didn’t do much to impress in the limited action he saw as a rookie, but there’s plenty of untapped potential. The Memphis product has all the physical tools to succeed in the NFL, and he may have the inside track to the starting job thanks to Denver’s front office.
— Broncos Report (@broncos_fanly) January 20, 2017
It’s understandable that Lynch is the early favorite considering the organization invested a first round pick in the Memphis product, but despite the Broncos’ brass doing what they can to make sure Lynch succeeds, nothing is a given this early in the offseason.
Uncertainty and instability at the most important position in the sport is never a good thing, but the Broncos seem confident that one of their young signal callers will establish themselves as a capable starter. Even if neither Siemian or Lynch takes the next step forward, the Denver defense is still it’s dominant self and will keep the team in games no matter what.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that the Broncos will be competing in Super Bowl LII next season. This team will only go as far as their quarterback can take them. It remains to be seen whether Siemian or Lynch will emerge as a true franchise signal caller, but one thing is for certain. Training camp will be interesting to watch this summer.
Mike Esposito is the Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos Staff Writer at Endzonescore.com. Follow him on Twitter @espo6891