CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- The Broncos boxed the ears of the Chicago Bears on Thursday, scoring in all three phases. Saturday, their quarterbacks heard a earful from coach Gary Kubiak. For the second time in camp, the Broncos responded to a day off with an off day, and Kubiak couldn't hide his frustration.
"We didn't practice well offensively. We're less than 48 hours out of a game and to come back and practice is tough," Kubiak said. "We handled it defensively. We didn't handle it offensively. It's disappointing."
Sloppiness defined the practice. Mark Sanchez, who took first team reps when practice began, threw his fourth pick six of training camp, Lorenzo Doss snaring the interception and racing in for the score. Kubiak stopped practice after the turnover and gathered the offensive players around. During the workout, the Broncos second-year coach chided Trevor Siemian for pulling the ball down twice during 7-on-7 drills. Kubiak said he hasn't decided who will start the second preseason game, and was not in the mood to elaborate.
"I don't know. I am not real happy with practice today. So I will go look at (film of) today," Kubiak said. "We'll wake up Monday (after Sunday's scheduled day off) and go back to work. We'll keep plugging. We are going to find the right one."
Sanchez, 29, appeared to gain a slight edge with Thursday's performance, completing 10 of 13 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown. However, he threw an interception on his third drive. Sanchez produced seven points when guiding the offense. Siemian produced six, finishing 7 of 12 for 88 yards. His numbers would have looked much better had Bennie Fowler caught a 26-yard back-shoulder touchdown, a catch he has routinely made in practice.
Rookie Paxton Lynch, under pressure from the pass rush, completed six of seven attempts. He has shown enough athleticism and growth in training camp that the Broncos refuse to close the door on him playing this season.