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Kiszla: The Broncos’ No. 1 problem is No. 13. Trevor Siemian is not the answer at quarterback.

After being humiliated by the Little Giants, the Broncos have big problems. And problem No. 1 is No. 13 in a Denver uniform. Can we please end this charade? Trevor Siemian is smart, brave, courteous and a good Boy Scout, but he is not the right answer at starting quarterback, if the Broncos want to be a serious championship contender.

After losing 23-10 to New York, Siemian blamed himself for the most stunning and embarrassing defeat suffered by the Broncos since they were blown out by Seattle in Super Bowl XLVIII.

“We hurt ourselves. We didn’t score in the red zone. I turned it over. It’s tough to win that way. You’re already playing a good team, you can’t play against yourself, as well,” Siemian said Sunday.

Everything Siemian mentioned was absolutely true, except that part about the Giants being anything except a big hot mess. How did the Broncos not only lose, but get trounced at home by a winless NFL team.

And where did Denver’s identity go? A stout run defense got crumpled like a can of Orange Crush under New York’s feet. For nearly a month now, the offensive game plan has been revolting. Nothing is certain for a team whose record dropped to 3-2. And everybody’s a suspect.

Where do the Broncos go from here? Everything we thought we knew about this team has been tossed a mile high in the air.

Against the Giants, Denver came out as flat as a pancake, which falls at the feet of Vance Joseph. The Broncos hired a rookie coach to lead a championship defense, and now Joseph must demonstrate if he can deal with his first real football crisis.

For all the time and money that general manager John Elway spent at rebuilding the Denver offensive line, this group is as disjointed as the jawing that was going on among center Matt Paradis and teammates that were unable to keep New York pass-rushers off Siemian’s back.

With 61 seconds remaining in the first half, the situation for the Broncos went from dire to worse in a New York minute. On third down, Siemian looked so hard and long in the direction of Janoris Jenkins that the Giants cornerback should have blushed.

Instead, Jenkins shamelessly jumped a route by Broncos receiver Bennie Fowler, picked off the pass and rambled 43 yards with the interception to the end zone for a touchdown that put New York ahead, 17-3. Adding injury to insult, when Siemian tried gamely but futilely to make a tackle near the goal line, he landed hard on his left shoulder, which is as fragile as those porcelain Hummel figurines in your Auntie Em’s curio cabinet.

Brocktober, anyone?

As Siemian walked to the locker room so the team’s medical staff could inspect and treat his injury, our old friend Brock Osweiler entered the Denver huddle to finish the first half. The Broncos had the making of a quarterback controversy, but not because anyone from Houston to Cleveland thinks Osweiler is truly a viable option as a starter.

The Denver offense simply cannot muddle down the road to the playoffs this way. If the Broncos are unable to run, there’s nowhere to hide their inability to protect the quarterback. The Giants limited tailbacks C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles to a pathetic 36 yards between them on the ground. Since a 42-17 rout of Dallas nearly a month ago, Denver has played a dozen quarters of football and scored three touchdowns.

While the story of Siemian’s rise from a late-round draft pick to NFL story is inspiring, this is no Tom Brady tale, no matter how much rabid Broncomaniacs might wish it to be so. Siemian is a game-manager, a complementary piece to a stout defense.  Against the Giants, Siemian needed 49 attempts before finally hitting Jeff Heuerman with a 13-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter.

In the 10 professional starts that Siemian has been forced to throw at least 35 times, Denver’s record is 3-7. That’s not playoff football. It’s last-place football.

The Broncos do not have enough talent to play without desperation. How does Denver re-establish itself as a playoff contender. “Go out there and play with our hair on fire,” Denver linebacker Von Miller said.

The competition at quarterback that Denver waged for the first eight months of 2017? It’s time to give it another look. Paxton Lynch and Osweiler should get ready. The job should be open.

What do the Broncos have in Siemian?

Does the name Kyle Orton ring a bell?

Kiszla: The more boring the Broncos get on offense, the better football team they become

Watching the Broncos play is a good way to induce a nap on the couch. They play boring football. But get used to it. Boring football is the best way for Denver to make itself a Super Bowl contender.

John Elway, the Hall of Fame quarterback, has turned the Broncos into a ground-and-pound team. The “Star Wars” numbers of Peyton Manning? They’re gone, and not coming back anytime soon. Denver coach Vance Joseph is channeling his inner Bill Parcells.

Throw the rock? Forget that noise. Maybe Pro Bowl receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders should change their jersey numbers to something more appropriate, like 62 and 79. They are now $21 million worth of skilled blocking talent.

And don’t even bother to ask Joseph where the offensive fireworks have gone.

“I view it as we’re 3-1,” said Joseph, proud of the team’s stellar record. “I’m not concerned about the numbers.”

But the numbers don’t lie. And the statistics through four games of this young NFL season are revealing.

Denver is running for 4.4 yards per carry, up from 3.6 yards last season, an improvement from 28th to 10th among 32 NFL teams.

Denver has thrown the football on 51.7 percent of its snaps this season, which ranks 29th in the league and has turned Siemian into the ultimate game-manager. Pass attempts per game are down significantly from 2016, while running plays called on first down have increased significantly.

And perhaps most important of all, the Denver offense ranks No. 4 in the league when it comes to time of possession, at 32 minutes, 38 seconds, up from 28th in 2016, when the Broncos went three-and-out far too often.

When Elway spent time and effort beefing up his offensive line after Denver missed the playoffs in 2016, it wasn’t in the hope of turning quarterback Trevor Siemian into Aaron Rodgers. It was a practical response to building a team around linebacker Von Miller and a championship-caliber defense.

Former coach Gary Kubiak and his staff were slammed a year ago for painfully conservative play-calling. It also was widely touted that new offensive coordinator Mike McCoy would allow the Broncos to open up their attack. But the game plan for this team was established by Elway way back in November 2014, when an aging Manning was ineffective throwing the football 54 times during a 22-7 loss at St. Louis, and the Broncos have been honing a smash-mouth style of play for nearly three years.

Denver is now firmly established as a run-first team that wants to force the opposition into costly mistakes. It’s not always pretty. But it can be effective in the cold weather of the playoffs. The recent hand-wringing about failure to get Thomas and Sanders more touches is overblown, because so long as Denver keeps winning, the receivers won’t gripe.

“We’re trying to score points any way we can,” McCoy said. Might he open up the offense if defenses begin stacking the box against Denver? Of course. But consider this: In 18 NFL starts, Siemian’s record when he throws the ball fewer than 35 times is 8-1. And when Siemian throws it 35 times or more? His record is 3-6.

The way the Broncos are set up, points will only be easy to come by in games when cornerback Aqib Talib takes an interception to the house or a turnover gives the Denver offense a short field, as was the case in the rout of Dallas.

What the Broncos really want is an offense that shortens the clock, leaving a well-rested defense to turn every game into a long, miserable day for the opposing quarterback.

Boring? Only if Denver loses.