Now that we have seen Brock Osweiler perform, everyone is asking the same question: Is it time for the Denver Broncos to move on from Peyton Manning? There is no one who is going to argue that a healthy Manning is the team’s best best, but the fact is that Manning is now 39 and a shell of his former self.
It’s also important to remember that this year’s Denver team is a lot different from the teams of the last couple of years that Manning had to carry on his shoulders. This year’s Broncos have one of the best defenses in the game. They have a defense that is going to be able to win them games. All the offense has to do is not lose games for them.
And this season, Manning has lost games, or almost lost games for them. His arm is not what it was, his feet are certainly not what they once were, and he is sometimes more of a liability than he is a weapon. Now lets look at young Osweiler, who has been tutored by Manning over the last several years.
What did he look like against the Bears in the Broncos 17-15 win on Sunday? He looked steady. He certainly wasn’t out there lighting up the field, but he looked pretty good. He threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns, and most importantly, he did not throw any interceptions.
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Manning has been an interception machine this year. He did just enough. And when the game came down to a Bears two-point conversion, the Denver did what they needed to do – they stuffed Jay Cutler and his offense and won the game for the Broncos. So the simple question is not whether Osweiler is the second coming of Manning. He obviously is not.
The question is whether Osweiler currently gives the Broncos the best chance to win in the season and in the playoffs. Some may question this claim. Some might say that when the playoffs come, you are not going to win it all with a young and inexperienced quarterback, no matter how much of a rocket arm he has. That you need the guidance of the experienced veteran. But what if that veteran is simply not up to the challenge physically any more?
And that’s the real issue here. Manning is one of the greatest to ever play the game. But that’s the Manning of old. Today, his body is simply not up for the challenge any longer. That’s the harsh reality of the situation. And that’s why Osweiler needs to be named the Bronco’s starter for the foreseeable future.