The Denver Broncos had a brilliant four-year run under Peyton Manning between 2012 and 2015, winning the AFC West four years in a row and reaching two Super Bowls. After the Broncos won Super Bowl 50, Manning retired and the team has struggled to find a replacement quarterback.
If you include a covid-19 fiasco in week 12 of last season, denver has started 10 different quarterbacks since manning retired. This fall, Teddy Bridgewater will become the team’s 11th starting quarterback since 2016.
Here’s a quick look at the Broncos’ post-staff quarterbacks.
1 trevor siemian (13-11)
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It may be hard to believe, but Siemian is Denver’s only post-staff quarterback with a winning record (minimum two games). Siemian beat out a first-round pick for the starting job and surpassed his performance as a former seventh-round pick. now it is a backup with the saints.
2 paxton lynch (1-3)
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Lynch was a first-round bust who couldn’t beat Siemian for the starting job and only got four replacement starts with the Broncos. he now he is trying to revive his football career in canada.
3 brock osweiler (0-4)
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The Broncos wanted Osweiler to be Manning’s replacement, but he left in free agency after the Super Bowl to sign a big contract with the Houston Texans. Osweiler then returned to Denver as a backup and played in four games as a backup starter. he retired from the nfl in 2019.
4 case of keenum 6-10
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Fans in Denver can only hope Bridgewater isn’t another version of Keinum, a journeyman quarterback who lasted just one season with the Broncos. now he’s a backup for the cleveland browns.
5 skinny joe (2-6)
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denver brought in flacco when the qb was beginning to decline, but the broncos insisted he was still in his prime. he wasn’t. flacco is now a backup for the philadelphia eagles.
6 brandon allen (1-2)
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Allen was a backup with the Broncos in 2019 and was called up to start three games as an injury replacement. Now he’s a backup for the Cincinnati Bengals.
7 jeff driskel (0-1)
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driskel started a game in place of an injured drawing block last season and it wasn’t pretty. he is now a backup for the houston texans.
8 brett rypien (1-0)
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After Driskel struggled in his only start last season, the Broncos turned to Rypien, who helped Denver beat the New York Jets. rypien is still with the team and is supposed to serve as qb3 this season.
9 kendall hinton* (0-1)
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when all four broncos quarterbacks were deemed ineligible due to covid-19 protocols in week 12 of last season, denver called up practice squad wide receiver kendall hinton to play quarterback field (it was ugly).
hinton is now vying for a spot on the 2021 roster as a catcher.
*The Broncos lined up in a wildcat formation on their first snap against the New Orleans Saints, so running back Phillip Lindsay was technically credited with the start, but Hinton made all of the team’s passes.
10 lock lock (8-10)
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lock started his career well, going 4-1 as a starter in his rookie season. last year, the quarterback apparently took a step back in his second season as a pro. That led the Broncos to compete this summer and Lock lost the starting job.
11 teddy jumper (0-0)
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After beating Lock in Battle of QB this summer, Bridgewater is set to make his Bronco (regular season) debut when Denver takes on the New York Giants in September. 12.
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