The Denver Broncos may be treating the quarterback situation as a 50-50 competition this offseason between last year’s starter Trevor Siemian and 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch.
But there’s only one man the Broncos should put under center next season, according to Rex Ryan: Paxton Lynch
The former Buffalo Bills and New York Jets head coach and current ESPN NFL analyst told “Schlereth and Evans” on Thursday that it does Denver nor Lynch any good if he’s just “sitting there” and they should “put him in there.”
“The quarterback situation, I don’t know why they don’t go with Lynch. It makes no sense. You drafted a guy for a reason,” Ryan said.
Ryan said he thinks, with Denver’s defense as strong as it is and coming off a Super Bowl win just two seasons ago, the Broncos should “go for it” with Lynch instead of playing it safe with “just an average guy that may get you in the playoffs.”
“I just think you have a guy who’s a big, athletic guy that has a major ceiling, but he’s not going to get close to reaching that ceiling unless you put him in there,” Ryan said.
“And Trevor Siemian’s earned the respect. I get it. And there are some journeyman quarterbacks out there. But those journeyman quarterbacks don’t get you where you want to go.”
Should Lynch win the job, Ryan said, he’s got to make sure he’s protecting the football team and not be careless or cavalier about it.
“You’re not Brett Favre, so and do your job. If the guy’s open, hit him, give him the football. If he’s not, run — the kid’s an athlete — or get rid of it,” Ryan said.
“But don’t ever take the risk of putting your team in jeopardy. That’s the only way you’re not going to win in Denver. You’ve got too good a defense there.”
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