John Elway explains why Broncos are ready for Paxton Lynch to start soon

The Broncos probably won't start Paxton Lynch right away. Well, actually, maybe you shouldn't buy into that storyline.

It was a fair narrative: Lynch is a great athlete but he's not a refined quarterback just yet (few players coming out of college are). It was reasonable to assume he would sit and watch and learn an offense.

But John Elway said during a recent interview with Denver Sports 760 (via Pro Football Talk) the Broncos could be starting Lynch as early as this season. 

"Is that going to happen tomorrow? Probably not, but you never know when it can happen," Elway said. "We think he's going to be ready quicker than a lot of people think."

So how could this realistically happen? Well, for one Mark Sanchez would need to actually win the job and then not be great. That's a totally feasible scenario.

Two, Lynch would need to be a perfect fit for Gary Kubiak's offense. That's also a reasonable scenario when you think about the quarterback and the system.

"He's a young guy with tremendous athletic ability, he's got the strong arm, can make all the throws, he's smart, and he's a guy that can fit into this offense real well," Elway said.

The system in question was a perfect fit for a hyper-athletic talent like Elway back in the day (Kubiak was his boss' quarterbacks coach when Mike Shanahan ran things in Denver) and it makes sense for Lynch.

Roll him out, get him on the edge, let him take shots down the field and use his athleticism to make plays where necessary ... it's a perfect fit. 

The Broncos should be scary not because they have to play Lynch in 2016 but because they can play Lynch. He has weapons (Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders) and fits the offense, and they'll run the ball and play tons of defense.

Denver already won a Super Bowl with Peyton Manning limping through the season. It's not unreasonable to expect success with a rookie either.

Paxton could start sooner than you think. (USATSI)

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