When Yogi Berra came to a fork in the road, he took it.
Robert Frost came to two roads (that) diverged in a yellow wood, he ultimately took the one less traveled. As it turns out, that made all the difference.
The Clash famously knew that if they were to go there would be trouble; if they were to stay there would be double. The indecision bugged them, to say the least.
And when Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph was asked about his quarterback situation, a decision that’s been weighing heavily on practically anyone tied – loosely or directly – to the Broncos, this is what he said:
“It’s an open competition still. Nobody has been told they’re a starter. We’re still evaluating these guys. Again, it’s been a grind every week on both sides of the ball. We’re going to play our game next Thursday and we’ll go from there on who’s going to be the guy. Nobody has been told yet.”
Yogi didn’t turn around. Robert had to choose. And The Clash begged to let them know.
Make a decision, Broncos. Please. If for nothing else, for the sanity of Vance Joseph.
I get it. It’s two players competing for one starting position. And as we’re told every year, in every camp, by every coach, “competition is really what makes a player and a team better.”
The whisper that’s become somewhat of a roar of late, is that the Broncos don’t necessarily have a bona fide starter on the roster. Hey, that’s okay. Perhaps Trevor Siemian is what plenty of people have suggested: A backup. Perhaps Paxton Lynch is still too young and too green to really and truly lead an NFL team.
Fine then, pick one and see what happens. What is there to lose?
The biggest risk the Broncos face at the moment, at least as it pertains to the offensive side of the football, is indecision. Or, if you prefer another term, inconsistency.
I’m never a believer in heavy-handed assessment from the peanut gallery when it comes to training camp. (Does anyone, other than the players and coaches of course, really know or understand what the Broncos are trying to accomplish with any given drill, play or drive?) But I can make one simple observation of camp thus far: The offense is a work in progress and its parts are swirling, whirling and ever-changing. Aside from Emmanuel Sanders, Demaryius Thomas and Matt Paradis, practically nothing is “set” within the Broncos O.
That can’t be good.
In team sports, we like to throw out words like “chemistry” and “teamwork” – concepts that are the backbone of the very best teams. I realize the Broncos are only in week two of camp, but it sure seems like solidifying a few key decisions would expedite the process of achieving chemistry.
With regard to the position of quarterback, making a decision could only help either player to get better faster. The consensus belief around camp is that neither Siemian nor Lynch has seized the reins – even Joseph isn’t shy about admitting that. Neither player has significantly or consistently outplayed the other. Both QBs have looked good at times, and both have looked terrible. As much as Joseph wants one quarterback to emerge as the starter, what if nobody does? What if this neck-and-neck battle of inadequacies and inconsistencies continues clear up through September?
At that point, Sept. 11 at 8:20 p.m. to be exact, the Broncos will be trotting out a starter who has taken only half the reps, and half of those reps will have been taken with half of an offensive line that was different for half of the camp. Less, in this case, is indisputably not more. For better or worse, from quarterbacks and running backs to guards and tackles, the Broncos need to settle on a singular direction. If nothing else, the player at any given position will have a fighting chance at becoming better.
This indecision’s bugging me.
The Broncos are at a fork in the road. They need, as Yogi said, to take it. Simply making the decision will make all the difference.
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