Broncos to give Paxton Lynch his chance with streamlined game plan

Updated: November 21, 2017

5:33 PM ET

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — After 10 games, seven of those losses, the Denver Broncos believe Paxton Lynch is now ready to take his turn behind center in the team’s struggling offense.

Lynch will almost certainly preside over a game plan that is more streamlined than what the Broncos have done in previous weeks and that will likely support Lynch with a bigger commitment to the run game Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. Lynch, who has not played in a game since Dec. 4, 2016, when he start against the Jacksonville Jaguars, will be the third quarterback to start for the Broncos this season after Trevor Siemian and Brock Osweiler.

Coach Vance Joseph said Monday he had not decided who would start at quarterback, but he did say the quarterback who will play against the Raiders would have an offensive game plan that would be more “efficient.’’ Joseph fired Mike McCoy on Monday and quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave will serve as the interim offensive coordinator for the remainder of the season.

The Broncos, having started Osweiler against the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots, will also send Lynch out against a Raiders defense that has struggled. Also of note, Oakland fired defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. on Tuesday.

The Raiders are ranked 26th in overall defense (allowing 367 yards per game). They are 27th against the pass (253.2 yards allowed per game) and 17th in run defense (113.8 yards allowed per game). The Raiders also are tied for last in the league in sacks with 14. Khalil Mack, last season’s defensive player of the year, has 5.5.

Lynch was asked last week if he believed he was ready, physically and from a study standpoint, to be the starter.

“Obviously, if you ask me if I can play, I’m going to say yes,’’ Lynch said. “I would have said that right when I got hurt. But, I talked to the trainers and the coaches, and like I said, they’ve done a good job so far and I feel great. I’m just going to continue to leave it up to them. … I’d just been focusing on myself and worrying about how I can make myself better day in and day out.’’

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