The Denver Broncos believe that they are ready for life after superstar quarterback Peyton Manning.
Peyton Manning has been with the Denver Broncos for three seasons, and he has put together three remarkable years. The Broncos have won three straight AFC West division titles with him under center, and made it to the Super Bowl last year before getting blown out by the Seattle Seahawks. Following the Broncos’ embarrassing loss at home to the Indianapolis Colts in the Divisional Round of this year’s payoffs, Manning could very well call it a career.
If that does end up happening, the Broncos are very confident that they are ready for life after Manning.
Brock Osweiler appears to be the man in line to take over for Manning whenever he decides to retire, and the Broncos are very high on him. He hasn’t gotten much playing time due to the presence of Manning, but he has shown some signs in the few games that he has played. There is no denying that at 6’8″ and 240 pounds, Osweiler has the physical presence to be an NFL quarterback.
NFL Network analyst Ian Rapoport talked about the Broncos’ feelings during a television broadcast, and it certainly made it sound like Denver is ready to move on from Manning if he makes that decision.
“I can tell you from sources inside the Broncos organization, this is a guy they feel very good about,” Rapoport said. “The reviews internally on Brock Osweiler are high, so if Peyton Manning does not come back, they do feel confident that they have a quarterback who can step in and have some level of success in there after Peyton Manning, whenever he does decide to retire.”
Osweiler has played in 13 career games with the Broncos, and has compiled 159 yards, a touchdown, and no interceptions.
Denver would certainly take a step back if Manning decided to retire, but they don’t believe that it would take too long to get back into contention with Osweiler at the helm. He reminds quite a few analysts of Manning due to his physical stature, and he has a very strong arm as well.
It is going to be a very intriguing offseason to keep an eye on the Broncos, especially after firing head coach John Fox. They have a lot of decisions to make, but most of them will be kept on hold until Manning decides whether or not he will return next season. Either way, the Broncos appear very comfortable with their quarterback situation.
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