Brock Osweiler is set to start in the quarterback position against the Bears at Soldier Field on Sunday, according to Broncos coach, Gary Kubiak.
John Fox knows a little bit about Brock Osweiler because he coached him in Denver. Osweiler was drafted out of Arizona State in the second round of the 2012 draft.
“He’s smart,” Fox said Monday of Osweiler. “He had the opportunity to learn under one of the best. For a big man, he’s got good quickness, good athleticism. I felt good about him. I didn’t get a chance to see a lot of him, but when I did see him I liked what I saw.”
According to ESPN, Manning has a torn plantar fascia in his left foot. Kubiak finished the game against Kansas City with Brock Osweiler on Sunday as the Broncos took a loss to the Broncos by a score of 29-13. Manning only completed five out of 20 passes for 35 yards and had four interceptions that day. Osweiler went 14-of-24 for 146 yards, one touchdown, one interception, and a 72.6 passer rating.
Also, Osweiler’s skill set fits Kubiak’s system very well. He has the ability to run the play action bootleg pass, he has a much stronger arm to stretch the field, and his mobility alone helps him extend the play. Osweiler looked like a young Ben Roethlisberger out there at times.
In his career, Osweiler has gone 31-of-54 for 305 yards and two scores against one interception.
Manning played under Coach Fox for three years in Denver. During that time, the Broncos had a win-loss record of 37-10, advancing to Super Bowl XLVIII, where they lost to the Seahawks.
“He’s an outstanding teammate,” Fox said about Manning. “He expects perfection. He has great expectations, great knowledge of the game. Especially on the preparation side, the guy might be the best time-management guy I’ve ever seen.”
Brock Osweiler has been a part of the Broncos roster since 2012, but has had very little play time. Before Sunday’s game, there was no reason to think that Osweiler might be a starter. But, with Manning injured, he might get a shot.
The question everyone is wondering: Will Manning ever play again or return this year for the Broncos? According to the latest reports, the plantar fascia tear could possibly take up to six weeks to heal, bringing Manning’s return right around the start of the playoffs.
And, while some Bronco fans are rejoicing that Peyton Manning is being replaced, for others, it’s a sad day for the team, the franchise and some of the fans. Peyton Manning has done a lot for the Broncos and the coaches and players all say they are behind Peyton 100 percent.
Manning and his offense almost broke the NFL passing record a week ago when they played the Indianapolis Colts, only lacking three yards at the end of the game. During the Chiefs game, the offense got to help Manning break the passing record in their hometown stadium. After breaking the record, the NFL paused the game to acknowledge Manning and the record and they kept the football for Manning.
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