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Klee blog: Vance Joseph defends Trevor Siemian, who remains the starting quarterback as Broncos prepare for Chiefs

By: Paul Klee
October 23, 2017 Updated: October 23, 2017 at 2:20 pm
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photo - Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, right, sacks Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, right, sacks Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) 

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One day after the Broncos were shut out for the first time in 25 years, coach Vance Joseph declared they would not make a change at quarterback.

Is Trevor Siemian still your quarterback?

"Absolutely," Joseph said in his Monday give-and-take with local media. 

The Broncos (3-3) next play at Kansas City (5-2) on Monday Night Football.  

Denver's scoring streak stretched 394 games and ended Sunday in a 21-0 loss at the Los Angeles Chargers. The Broncos unloaded for 42 points against the Cowboys in Week 2; in the next four games they've scored 42 points total. 

"It's not a Trevor problem," Joseph said. "It's a unit problem."

As the quarterback, Siemian has taken much of the blame for an inept offense that spans two coaching staffs and three seasons. But it's not time to Brock, Joseph said. And backup-to-the-backup quarterback Paxton Lynch has returned to throwing workouts but is still on the shelf with a shoulder injury.

"We have to coach better," Joseph said. "We have to play better."

Joseph put much of the burden on the lackluster play on the offensive line — both in the passing game and in the running game. 

"When there was space to make yardage, they did," Joseph said. "When there wasn't, they didn't."

The Broncos opened as 7-point underdogs at Kansas City, which has lost two straight. Lose that one and the Broncos are cooked. The Eagles and Patriots — arguably the best teams in the NFC and AFC — are next.

Twitter: @bypaulklee

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