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Broncos coach Kubiak won't hint on Broncos QB job

Following the 22-0 preseason win over the Chicago Bears on Thursday night, Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak would not commit on his starting quarterback for next week.

Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak during the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Aug. 11. USA TODAY Sports/Mike DiNovo
Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak during the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Aug. 11. USA TODAY Sports/Mike DiNovo

Following the 22-0 preseason win over the Chicago Bears on Thursday night, Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak would not commit on his starting quarterback for next week.

Mark Sanchez made an opening argument for the job, throwing for 99 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter for the defending Super Bowl champions. He finished 10 of 13 for 99 yards with one interception.

Sanchez's quarterback competitor, Trevor Siemian, completed seven of 12 passes for 88 yards. Rookie Paxton Lynch went 6-of-7 passing with 74 yards in his first NFL appearance.

"I don't know," Kubiak said Thursday night after the game. "I am kind of going day to day. Obviously, Mark and Trevor get starter reps in practice every day. The amount that we played our first group tonight, there's no way we could get that done. We are going to play more next week. I'll see how we do. We kind of have three games next week. We have two practices against the Niners and then play them on Saturday, so a lot of good evaluation will still take place next week."

Kubiak listed Sanchez and Siemian as co-No. 1 quarterbacks on the depth chart earlier in the week.

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"Trevor is in command of what we do," Kubiak said. "He's probably in the best command in all honesty because Mark continues to learn our offense, and he's doing a great job, but Trevor has been on for a year and a half. Trevor is in command of what we do, how we do it, what we want to get done. He just needs to play. Obviously, he hasn't played as much football as Mark has played, but Trevor is becoming a pro and he has a lot of confidence in himself."

Sanchez, who reached back-to-back AFC Championship Games for the New York Jets in his first two NFL seasons but started only 10 games total the past three years, forced a pass into traffic and Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman picked off the tipped pass.

"I thought it was a safe enough throw," Sanchez said. "I think (Bears corner Bryce Callahan) got his left pinkie fingernail on it and tipped it right to somebody (Freeman). So that was unfortunate, but those things happen. You just try and eliminate those and learn from it. I won't let that happen again."

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