Jay Glazer of Fox Sports appeared on FOX NFL Sunday this morning and said that the Broncos are "Brock Osweiler's team moving forward".
See his full report below.
Full Peyton Manning update, per @JayGlazer https://t.co/6yA6fOw6hu— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) December 27, 2015
Glazer goes on to say that there looked like there was a chance that Manning could regain the starting job this week, but that got put on hold and that Brock Osweiler is the Broncos quarterback moving forward.
"Early in the week it looked like there was a chance Peyton Manning could regain the starting role for the Denver Broncos and that was absolutely put on hold," said Glazer "This is now Brock Osweiler's team. Brock Osweiler has a grade-two separated shoulder, yet he is the guy.
It's curious as to what put the Manning decision on "hold' for the Broncos. He did have a big workout in which Gary Kubiak attended on Saturday and it apparently went well. There's now also these HGH rumors connected to Manning, but I doubt that had anything to do with this decision.
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One interesting note that Glazer makes is that this decision is coming from General Manager John Elway.
"I think John Elway is helping make that decision so much so that when Peyton Manning is practicing, he is not even with the team so as to not be a distraction. This is Brock Osweiler's team the rest of the way, barring some kind of collapse."
It does make sense that Elway wants to move forward with Osweiler as the starter. While he has looked inconsistent during his starts, he has shown potential and the Broncos need to find out with he is future or not. Osweiler is only a few months away from hitting free agency.
Also, when Manning was playing, he did not look very good. He has a 2 to 1 interception to touchdown ratio and still leads the league in interceptions despite not playing since November 15th. Add all of that with his injury woes and you can understand why the Broncos decided to move forward with Osweiler.
There have been similar reports about Osweiler and Manning in the recent weeks, but this is the first one with a credible reporter attached to it. Glazer is one of the best in the reporting business and more than likely reporting facts here.
Manning told ESPN's Lisa Salters that he will do everything he can to help the team, even if that means being the backup quarterback.
Peyton Manning did indicate he's ready to be the backup QB if Gary Kubiak deems that's best for the team. #9news #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) December 27, 2015
Manning says he'll be ready if the team needs him next week, and that this year has been an interesting one for him.
"I got to do whatever coach feels is best for the team," Manning said when asked if he wants to be the starter if he returns. "It's been an interesting year, I'm not going to lie about that. I've had a good attitude about it...I've learned a lot about myself. I've been a good teammate. I've tried to help Brock in anyway I can. It's new to me. It's new to me. So I'll do whatever is best for the team come next week. If they need me to play and be in there, then I'll be ready. If they don't feel the best for the team, then I'll respect that decision and do what I can to help the team."
It's great to see that Manning is being a true professional here and helping out Osweiler the best he can. Some players would just pack it in and not help the guy who replaced him in the starting lineup at all.
do feel for Manning. This is not how Manning or anyone wanted to see his final season(more than likely) go. Manning himself said this has been an interesting year for him and he's doing a lot of things that are new to him. It's great to see him handling this very well.
If Glazer's report is true, I would hope the Broncos would announce this decision sooner rather than later. If the Broncos do indeed make the postseason, I would not want a quarterback controversy surrounding this team. I'm sure they will handle it correctly, but I am concerned about it.