CHICAGO – Trevor Siemian supporters wanted him to a make a statement. Paxton Lynch believers wanted the same thing.
The Bronco quarterback situation was cloudy at kickoff Thursday night at Soldier Field.
It remained cloudy when the game ended.
Three things to remember from an exhibition game that nobody – well, almost nobody – will remember in October.
One – Siemian and Lynch were all right, at best.
The duo completed 12 of 16 passes, which sounds encouraging.
But those passes gained only 93 yards, which drains all encouragement.
Mike McCoy is an offensive genius. That’s a truth that can’t be altered by a sluggish effort on a cloudy night on the south end of downtown Chicago.
But, make no mistake, McCoy displayed none of that genius on Thursday night. McCoy and Vance Joseph kept Siemian and Lynch on a short leash. The coaches didn’t ask their quarterbacks to do much, and the quarterbacks responded by not doing much.
Two – Chris Harris can play
Chris Harris made a cameo appearance, but it was some kind of cameo. His 50-yard touchdown return one minute into the game was the night’s most exciting, and revealing, moment.
Harris revealed, once again, that he’s one of the NFL’s premier defensive players. And Mike Glennon revealed to John Fox and everyone else that he’s not a high-quality NFL starter.
Three – The running game needs Jamaal Charles
Jamaal Charles, the former Chiefs superstar, was scheduled to make his first Bronco appearance in this game, but at the last minute Vance Joseph canceled the debut.
That’s too bad. The Bronco running game needs the spark that Charles could provide, despite his age and despite his recent trouble with injury.