After today's performance where Peyton Manning completed 5 out of 20 passes, throws for 4 interceptions, had a fumble, and a quarterback rating of 0, it's time to move on.
While this was by far Manning's worse performance of 2015(and his career), his play has been iffy at best throughout the majority of the 2015 season. Heading into this game Manning had 9 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. After today's performance, he now has 17 total interceptions and is near a 2 to 1 interception to touchdown ratio. Manning is now on pace for a whopping 30 interceptions on the season, and he's averaging 2 interceptions a game. You can't go anywhere in the NFL if your quarterback is producing like that.
If the Broncos defense did not bail out Manning and the Broncos offense in the first half of the season, the Broncos probably would have a few more losses under their belt. That didn't happen, and the Broncos continued to win despite Manning's play. Now after two losses, the patience fans and possibly coaches were showing Manning is out the window.
If you can't see that the Broncos actually would have actually had a chance with Brock, I can't help you.— Brandon Spano (@BrandonSpano) November 16, 2015
It's time to turn to Brock Osweiler.
When Osweiler entered the game, the offense started to show some glimpses of life. He completed 14 of 24 passes for 146 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. He was able to keep the offense moving, and he completed a handful of third-down plays. This is something Manning and the Broncos offense has struggled to do at times this season.
Also, Osweiler's skill set fits Kubiak's system very well. He has the ability to do 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.
The Broncos need to see if Osweiler is their future or not, and this gives them the perfect opportunity to see if he can be the guy or not.
@ESPNStatsInfo: Manning was 1-of-14 (7.1%) for 17 yards and 4 interceptions on throws more than 5 yards, worst for any QB last 10 years— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) November 16, 2015
We all know what we have in Manning. He's an old, often injured quarterback who cannot play through injuries at this stage of his career. Sticking with Manning the rest of the way ends the same way it did in 2014. One and done in the playoffs, and an offseason filled with disappointment. The only reason we will stick with Manning now is because of his legacy and his past. We are jeopardizing our season so Manning can continue to break these records even though he's playing awful football.
It's time for Denver Broncos General Manager John Elway and Head Coach Gary Kubiak to make the easy decision. Go with the kid Elway drafted as their future and move on.
What's more important, Manning's legacy or the Broncos winning?