More than a simple shooter, the quarterback has to go further. That’s what happened at the Denver Broncos. Trevor Siemian, who had a lot of problems last season when he faced pressure in the pocket – not that the line helped, but … – he proved to be a competent leader last Monday against the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football.
It is not today that Siemian teammates talk about their sense of leadership and how he has control (in the positive sense of the expression) of the locker room. Some venture to make comparisons – in that sense and only in that, of course – to Peyton Manning.
One of the great trumps of Siemian in relation to Paxton Lynch, as I have extensively said in this text , is the mental aspect of the game. Against an unfriendly pass rush like Los Angeles – Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram – Trevor proved to be safe throughout the game. Of course: having CJ Anderson back a lot helps. But his merits too.
Last year, opponents were able to constantly press Siemian with only four men – the result was an incomplete pass festival. No wonder the Chargers did just that (but with varying outcome). Los Angeles blitzed seven times in Trevor’s first 32 laps. It was just fine. And when the Chargers decided to dare with blitz , Siemian punished.
Still, the Broncos quarterback was efficient in the red zone : 4 full passes of five attempted – with two touchdowns for Bennie Fowler. In the final 20 yards of the field, where the quarterback has to be more efficient than making mistakes, Trevor still ran and tapped Joey Bosa on a handsome touchdown . It was the game he needed to sediment sedimentation once and for all.