CBS4 Broncos analyst Mark Schlereth joined CBS4 sports anchor Michael Spencer Monday night on Xfinity Monday Live.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (CBS4) – After suffering their first loss of the season, the Broncos are preparing for a quick turnaround as they travel to San Diego for a game Thursday night.
The Broncos will be without head coach Gary Kubiak. The head coach suffered what the team called a complex migraine Sunday night after the Broncos loss to Atlanta and was taken to the hospital from the stadium. The Broncos have named Joe DeCamillis as their interim head coach.
“He’s a great coach. He’s a guy that’s a fiery leader,” said Schlereth. “In a short week you don’t want to pull your coordinators out to become the interim head coach, so it makes sense to me.”
Broncos rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch made his first start in Sunday’s loss to the Falcons. Lynch finished the game with 223 yards, 1 touchdown and an interception.
“He just couldn’t get in sync footwork-wise, arm-wise, and also accuracy-wise,” said Schlereth. “You’re trying to put him under center because you want to operate your offense. You want to establish your run, you couldn’t do that, and ultimately, he wasn’t in sync in that style of offense.”
Paxton didn’t get a lot of help, either. The offensive line gave up six sacks on Sunday, leaving Lynch feeling uncertain in the pocket.
“They played poorly,” Schlereth said of the offensive line. “They struggled there, but they also struggled as an offense, because they never got in sync.”
The Broncos will travel to San Diego for their first division game of the season on Thursday. Trevor Siemian is expected to start at quarterback. Kickoff is at 6:25. You can see the game on CBS4.