Denver coach Vance Joseph liked what he saw in Case Keenum’s Broncos’ debut, especially the quarterback’s resilience.
“After watching the film numerous times, after the interceptions, he had his best drives,” said Joseph. “That speaks to his confidence. That speaks to him not folding. I was really impressed with Case on the sideline. He didn’t go in the tank at all. He kept his teammates going and obviously moved the ball for us after the mistakes.”
Keenum, who makes his second start for Denver on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, threw for three touchdowns and 329 yards in leading the Broncos to a season-opening 27-24 win over Seattle. It was his sixth career 300-yard game and the most yardage in the Broncos’ history by a quarterback making his starting debut with the team.
Keenum, who signed a two-year free agent deal with Denver over the winter after stepping in for an injured Sam Bradford early last season and leading Minnesota to an NFC title berth, said offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave’s confidence in him and his determination to stay on the attack helped him put aside the three interceptions he had a week ago and keep the pedal to the metal on offense.
“We’re going to run our offense,” Keenum said. “I don’t think, no matter what’s happened, we’re still going to run our offense. We’re going to be in attack mode. But I thought everybody trusted the process and kept moving right along.”
Keenum said he thinks it helps that Musgrave was literally in his shoes having played six years in the NFL, including a stint in Denver where he served as a backup to John Elway.
“Bill is as smart as they come,” said Keenum, who enters Sunday’s game one touchdown pass shy of 50 for his career. “I really appreciate his knowledge of the game and how he explains, installs and teaches us the game. He sees it through a quarterback’s eyes, which I really like, having a coordinator who played quarterback and knows what we’re going through.”
The Raiders (0-1) are coming off 33-13 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Their matchup with AFC West rival Denver marks their first road trip of the season.