New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick doesn’t seem to care if the Broncos start quarterback Trevor Siemian or Brock Osweiler.
“The offense is basically the same,” he said, per Glen Farley of The Enterprise.
The Broncos have already said they’re going to start Osweiler, despite their blowout loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Osweiler looked decent at times and sub-par at others, throwing for 208 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions.
Belichick is right; that’s not much different than what Siemian was doing before he got benched. The reason is that the Broncos have plenty of issues that go beyond the quarterback play alone. The offensive line has been beat up and hasn’t been playing great when it’s healthy. The defense has been very good at times this year, but they absolutely mailed it in and gave up against the Eagles.
Plus, Denver doesn’t have elite talent at the quarterback position. Siemian was a seventh-round pick out of Northwestern. Osweiler was a second-round pick, but he was benched by the Houston Texans and then traded to the Cleveland Browns, where he got cut. Not being able to make the Browns roster says a lot about his play as of late, even though he did fill in well for Peyton Manning back in 2015.
So, will the Broncos try to lean on the run, shorten the game, and stay within striking distance? Belichick has been thinking about it, though, in his typical fashion, he didn’t really say much.
“With coach [Mike] McCoy, there’s some zone [runs] but there’s also some scheme runs also,” he said, per Mike Petraglia of CLNS.
The Broncos are underdogs at home, by a touchdown.
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