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An analysis of Trevor Siemian winning the Broncos starting QB job...again

This meaningless preseason drive will go down in history.

NFL: Denver Broncos at San Francisco 49ers Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

A few weeks ago, the situation didn’t look good for Trevor Siemian. Despite a solid, if unspectacular debut year as the starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos, it looked like the Broncos were ready to hand the job over to first-round pick Paxton Lynch or someone from outside the organization.

After a pedestrian showing in the Broncos’ first preseason game, Siemian was relegated to the second-string against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2.

But folks, you can’t count out Touchdown Trevor. Did you count out Trevor when he was taken in the seventh round of the NFL Draft, like former EIC Josh Rosenblat, who predicted, on tape, that Siemian would not play a down in the NFL? Did you count out Trevor before he battled his way into the starting lineup in 2016? Did you count out Trevor when he was losing to the Cam Newton in the fourth quarter in Week 1? If you did, you were wrong. You just cannot count out Trevor Siemian (when he isn’t in a Northwestern uniform).

First off, Mr. Lynch, how do you expect to compete for the starting quarterback role of the Denver Broncos with this facial hair:

You look like you deliver pizzas for Romboli’s Pizzeria in Edgewater, New Jersey. Next, Paxton Lynch decided to go to In-And-Out Burger with his parents before the game. What’s Trevor Siemian’s pregame meal? Well, we don’t know, but since he went to Northwestern, I imagine Siemian had a large quinoa salad, kombucha, and a nice kale smoothie with beans. DON’T GO TO IN-AND-OUT!

As soon as Paxton Lynch took the field, you could tell something was up. The first drive stalled after one first down. The second drive started on the 49ers 9-yard line because of a fumble. Lynch’s only throw on this drive fell incomplete but was good enough for a defensive pass interference call. Then, C.J. Anderson walked into the end zone. Lynch was boring, checking down at every opportunity and missing everything deep. I’m bored. Where’s Trevor?

When Paxton Lynch missed a wide-open Demaryius Thomas for an easy first down, you could tell that Trevor Siemian was coming back. Paxton Lynch’s uninspiring start against a rather terrible 49ers team left the door open for Trevor. YOU ALREADY KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!

  • Checkdown to D. Henderson for 4 yards. The brand is strong.
  • Pass to J. Heuerman for 10 yards.
  • Incompletion to Jordan Taylor...booooooo.
  • Siemian throws a DIME to D. Henderson for 16 yards.
  • Siemian throws a touchdown pass, but it’s nullified for holding. Refs, don’t even bother trying to stop Trevor Siemian, the legend.
  • Trevor throws a STRIKE to Jordan Taylor for a touchdown. Look at that back shoulder throw. How many NFL quarterbacks can make that back shoulder throw with accuracy? Okay, 40-45? Well, the Denver Broncos have precisely one of those 45 quarterbacks who can throw accurate midrange balls into coverage, and his name is Trevor Siemian. It’s not fair that the Patriots are hoarding all the good quarterbacks to throw fades to Austin Carr.

Siemian went 8-for-11 with 93 yards and an excellent touchdown pass. Paxton Lynch, retire. Trevor Siemian, welcome back. Remember, Josh Burton of Inside NU has already projected Trevor Siemian to be the next Tom Brady. He’s spoken it into existence! You can’t stop the hype train! Trevor forever!

He was slinging the ball. He was making the Niners look like Swiss cheese. It’s time to go home. We’ve seen the light. It still baffles me how Northwestern’s coaching staff was unable to get much production out of Siemian, who is on the verge of becoming a two-year NFL starter in one of the toughest divisions in football. Also, it’s unlikely that Siemian will ever need to worry about getting a job while his arm still functions, as he’s almost certainly going to remain a comfortable Clipboard Legend if he is ever replaced as a starter.