AFC West training camp: Checking in

ENGLEWOOD, CO - MAY 24: Denver Broncos quarterbacks Trevor Simian (13) Mark Sanchez (6) Paxton Lynch (12) during OTA's May 24, 2016 at UCHealth Training Facility. (Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
ENGLEWOOD, CO - MAY 24: Denver Broncos quarterbacks Trevor Simian (13) Mark Sanchez (6) Paxton Lynch (12) during OTA's May 24, 2016 at UCHealth Training Facility. (Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images) /
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Jul 28, 2016; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak speaks to the media following training camp drills held at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 28, 2016; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak speaks to the media following training camp drills held at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

Denver Broncos

Well John Elway believes the Broncos got better this off-season so it must be true right? There’s only the small issue of not yet deciding who their starting quarterback is and losing two defensive stars in Danny Trevathan and Malik Jackson.

Denver doesn’t appear to be throwing rookie QB Paxton Lynch to the wolves as they claim that the starting position is a two guy race between Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian. Seeing as Siemian has absolutely no regular season experience and sat third string behind Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler, if Sanchez is having a difficult time beating him out then Denver has some real issues to figure out before the start of the season.

The Broncos also seem to be delusional about right tackle Michael Schofield as they call him the most versatile offensive lineman on their team. This is the same guy that continually embarrassed himself against top competition like Khalil Mack during 2015. Coach Gary Kubiak believes that by placing him lower on the depth chart he will show some real tenacity and become a better offensive lineman.

One thing that should stay true despite the loss of starters is the defense. The Broncos still have guys like Von Miller and Chris Harris Jr on the team which gives them a physicality and experience not matched by many teams. The Broncos have lower expectations this season and the defense has taken that personally. “I’m tired of all the talking,” said defensive back Bradley Roby. “We have a lot of doubters about how the defense will look, so I just want to do my part to pick it up and set a standard for how we should play.”

The Chiefs can’t afford to overlook the Broncos because of lower expectations but they may try a different tactic when playing them in 2016. Before it was about keeping Manning off the field while now it should be about striking first and forcing either Sanchez or Siemian to try and beat your defense.