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Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) walks to the sidelines after calling time out during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.(Photo: Denny Medley, USA TODAY Sports)
The Denver Broncos are mulling a quarterback switch this week after another turnover-laden performance by starter Trevor Siemian in Monday’s 29-19 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Head coach Vance Joseph said Tuesday he and his staff, along with John Elway, are evaluating whether to make the switch to Brock Osweiler for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Paxton Lynch is not an option this week, Joseph said, as the second-year pbader is still easing back into practice following a late-August shoulder injury.
“Everything is being explored. After losing three in a row and yesterday having five turnovers, it’s fair to evaluate everything there,” Joseph said.
Siemian threw three interceptions against the Chiefs, and Joseph called them “horrific decisions” by the quarterback. Siemian has committed seven turnovers (six interceptions and one lost fumble) during the Broncos’ three-game losing streak. The Broncos scored just three touchdowns in that span.
During his news conference on Tuesday, Joseph repeatedly praised the “max effort” of his team, especially the defense, and said it would be “unfair” to everyone not to discuss changing quarterbacks after the Broncos’ performance this month.
“It’s about results, and we haven’t had them,” Joseph said.
Elway told team partner station Orange and Blue Radio on Tuesday that he would consult Joseph on the decision, but the call would be left up to the coach.
Osweiler re-signed with the Broncos in early September after being released by the Cleveland Browns, who are paying approximately $15 million of his remaining guaranteed salary from the deal he signed in 2016 with the Houston Texans. Houston traded Osweiler to Cleveland in a salary dump move in March.
Osweiler spent four years as Peyton Manning’s backup in Denver and started seven games in 2015 in relief of Manning. He led the Broncos to crucial wins against the New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals in that stretch, but was benched at halftime of the season finale after the offense struggled with turnovers in a game against the Chargers.
He started 14 games for the Texans last year, throwing 15 touchdowns with 16 interceptions. He was replaced by Tom Savage in late December, but regained his job after Savage suffered a concussion, and started two playoff games for Houston.
“He understands what we’re doing and knows a lot of the players that are here. If a decision is made to go that direction, I think we would be fine,” Elway said.
Follow Lindsay H. Jones on Twitter @bylindsayhjones.
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