The Denver Broncos are sticking with quarterback Brock Osweiler after his sputtering return to the starting lineup in Sunday’s 51-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Broncos head coach Vance Joseph announced that Osweiler will once again be the starter when the 3-5 Broncos face the New England Patriots. And while Joseph didn’t like much of what he saw in the loss to the Eagle, he said he believed Osweiler’s work in the days leading up to the game had earned the sixth-year quarterback another start.
“I thought Brock had an excellent week of preparation,” Joseph said Monday. “It felt good to our team, it was a confident week, the energy was there, it was detailed. … Brock’s experience Brock’s personality really helped our team bounce back and gave us confidence going into this week. I think Brock’s earned it from that standpoint.”
The Broncos turned to Osweiler after benching Trevor Siemian, who started the first seven games of the season. Last week Joseph said he would look at how things went in Philadelphia and then decide who the quarterback would be against the New England Patriots this Sunday night.
And once again Joseph would only commit to Osweiler starting against the Patriots and said that he would re-evaluate things a week from now. Osweiler finished 19-of-38 passing for 208 yards to go with a touchdown and two interceptions in the loss to the Eagles.
“In the football game … he had two interceptions, which he can’t have, he understands that,” Joseph said. “He had a couple ill-advised throws. Brock had some good things, the red-zone audible for the (Demaryius Thomas) touchdown, that was one of Brock’s audibles. I think Brock deserves one more week to prove he’s the guy for us.”
Osweiler expressed following the loss, that he hoped to get another chance to start.
“Absolutely, I think every player in the National Football League plays this game to be the starter, to contribute to his team, to help their football team win games,” Osweiler said. “So, I would love to be the starter of this football team. I can promise you that this game is not going to discourage me. I’m going to work harder than ever to clean up these problems and get us back in the win column.”
The Broncos have scored 14 touchdowns on offense in eight games and are 22nd in the league in scoring (18.8 points per game), 17th in total offense (327.3 yards per game), 21st in yards per play (4.9) to go with 18th in third down conversions.
Also Monday, Joseph explained his comments to the CBS crew that former first-round draft pick Paxton Lynch wasn’t ready mentally or physically to take over the Broncos’ offense.
Joseph said Lynch has only practiced a few times since returning from a sprained throwing shoulder that he injured in the preseason and he hasn’t played with the starters since August.
Joseph also said that neither QB Chad Kelly (wrist, knee) nor tight end Jake Butt (knee) would be activated this week, thus ending any hopes of the rookies playing in 2017.