Alarm bells are going off.
Caske Keenum had an outstanding season last year in Minnesota. It was a breakout for the journeyman, undrafted quarterback. Keenum on paper is an upgrade over Trevor Siemian and/or Brock Osweiler. On the field, questions linger.
Case threw his fifth interception, second in the red zone, of the young season on Sunday. There was no fourth quarter comeback to offset poor decision-making. This was Case exposed. He holds the ball far too long, he looks indecisive. When he does throw the ball we find ourselves holding our breath. This is not a good situation. Not for Keenum, not for the Broncos.
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The hard part is, Keenum is game. He has the support of his coaches and teammates. Unlike someone like Brock Osweiler, people are pulling for Case to succeed. I’m pulling for Case to succeed, I bought-in, drank the Kool-Aid, whatever.
It’s just that after so many years of Broncos, we know when things are and when things are not and unfortunately, this is not.
The only solution on the current roster is a guy that’s as close to undrafted as it gets, second-year man Chad Kelly.
I know there’s a vocal contingent of Broncos fans that always think the guy on the bench, the guy we don’t see is the next Tom Brady, late pick that beats the world. The problem with that logic is that there is one Tom Brady and he’s already Tom Brady. It doesn’t happen and the chances that Kelly is a Hall-of-Fame quarterback-in-waiting are slim-to-none.
The Broncos are between the proverbial rock and hard place at quarterback. The window to bring in a known producer like Colin Kaepernick is closed. At three weeks into the season, there are no options available at QB. Denver should have signed Kaepernick or traded for Teddy Bridgewater in camp. Instead, we got a bust in Keenum with no viable backup behind a line that can’t block.
This is a mess. We can only hope that Keenum somehow becomes someone else before Denver’s Monday Night Football matchup with Patrick Mahomes and the red-hot Kansas City Chiefs.