Broncos quarterback issues fall on John

  • John Elway was the on-field solution the last time Denver faced such a bleak quarterbacking situation.A quarter-century later, Elway must now prove he isn't part of the problem.Elway adroitly did this in 2012 entering his second year as Broncos general manager. He helped the club move beyond the ber-popular Tim Tebow,whose ragtag style of play wasnt conducive for long-term succe s despite his penchant for improbable comebacks,by enticing Peyton Manning to sign as a free agent.The result was one Super Bowl victory, another appearance Game Jameis Winston White Jersey , four straight AFC West titles and 50 regular-season wins.Such succe s also is a far cry to what has transpired le s than two years later.MORE: NFL playoff picture at midseasonThe Broncos are heading toward the midway point of the season at 3-4 and with a quarterback crisis following Trevor Siemians meltdown in Monday nights 29-19 lo s atKansas City.Siemian was never going to become the second coming of Manning or Elway. No one expected him to perform like a future Pro Football Hall of Famer, either. Siemians strength, as displayed during last years 8-6 stretch as a first-year starter, was methodically executing the offense and avoiding the big mistake.Those game-manager qualities were not on display at Arrowhead Stadium.Maybe its because of the heat Siemian is feeling from Broncos fans who want him benched, or the personal belief that he must make big plays in the pa sing game to compensate for a tepid rushing attack. But what hedelivered against the Chiefs three interceptions, poor decision-making and scattershot throws largely resulting from poor mechanics combined with middling performances Kwon Alexander Jersey and too many other turnovers over the past month has caused first-year coach Vance Joseph to waffle on his earlier commitment that Siemian would remain his starter for the entire 2017 campaign."It's tough when youre playing two teams,"said Siemian, who admitted after the game that he was pre sing. You cant play the Denver Broncos and you cant play another team. Too many mistakes by me."But the bigger gaffes were made by Elway in his handling of the position once Manning retired.MORE: Midseason grades for Broncos, othersThe hope was for Brock Osweiler,the 2012 second-round draft pick groomed as Mannings heir apparent,to re-sign and a sume the first-string spot. That unraveled because of Osweiler's bitterne s about being benched once Manning returned from injury during the 2015 season. Houston then Game Doug Martin White Jersey swoopedin with a ridiculously high contract offer that Denver refused to match.Plan B (trade for Mark Sanchez) has subsequently become Plan C (unsucce sfully court Colin Kaepernick), Plan D (make Paxton Lynch a 2016 first-round pick), Plan E (start Siemian in 2016 after Sanchez flopped and Lynch wasnt ready) and Plan F (stick with Siemian entering this season when Lynch again showed little). Plan G mightbe reverting to Osweiler, who returned during the preseason after bombing in Houston and Cleveland, or letting Mike Glennon Jersey Lynch sink-or-swim in his second NFL season.At this rate, the Broncos will soon run out of alphabet.Denver becoming a middle-of-the-pack team isn't all because of i sues under center. The Broncos continue to struggle fielding a strong offensive line with Donald Stephenson a human turnstile at right tackle, plusa left guard rotation because neither Max Garcia nor Allen Barbre can win the starting job outright.There isn't a bell-cow running back. Theres receiving talent, but the pa s-catchers don'tlook nearly as good as they did when Manning was running the show. Kicker Brandon McManus isn't helping matters by having mi sed five of his 15 field-goal attempts.MORE Ryan Fitzpatrick Jersey : Broncos in market for Cousins?But ultimately, solid quarterbacking can help cover those warts. Denver isn't getting it. And in the proce s, the Broncos are wasting the prime years of the championship-caliber defenseElway and his front office staff have a sembled.Unle s someone unexpectedly steps up and begins shining in coordinator Mike McCoys time-proven system, the Broncos will be back in the QB market during the 2018 offseason.And for the sake of the franchise he loves, Elway must get it right this time.Alex Marvez can be heard from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET Tuesday and 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET Wednesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio.