Anytime the "B" word comes up it has a negtive connotation. With the Broncos QB situation in 2015, the word "bench" is a welcome tone resonating above Dove Valley for all of Broncos Country to hear.
According to the Denver Post, Gary Kubiak has approached Peyton Manning about "saving his mind and body for spells" in the 2015 season. What does that mean? More bench time for Manning and more reps/gametime for Brock Osweiler.
"I think as a coach you have to make those suggestions to players...But sometimes with the great ones, the reason they're great is you have to battle them on things like that because they're used to being a part of it every day. I want to do what's best for him. I went through the same process with John (Elway) late in his career, and it was a battle for me and Mike (Shanahan) to do some things with him."
These adjustments Kubiak refers to with Elway had to do with meetings, practice, and training camp which meant less responsibility for #7.
One of the lasting images from 2014 is a frustrated Brock Osweiler yelling "COME ON" when Peyton Manning entered the 3rd quarter of the game against San Diego after having left it at half time. In Brock's only extended playing time of the season, he managed to throw a redzone TD pass to Virgil Green on a nicely designed route concept on the goalline.
As for Osweiler, Kubiak is excited to work with the young QB:
"He's got a bunch of ability. He's a big, strong kid. He's smart, he can move around. Now I've got a chance to get my hands on him and work with him. But what I'm so impressed with is how excited he is. Wanting to get going, wanting to play. I know he wants to be a part of the Broncos' organization. He sees himself as a starter, that's the most important thing, and that's what you want. His opportunity is going to come at some point, and it's our job to make sure he's ready to go. And it's his job. I always tell young players nobody knows if you're taking care of your business until you're thrown in the fire."
This move should be beneficial for all as the Broncos look to bridge the gap between present and future. A rested old man and a prepared young man make an organization healthy, wealthy, and wise as the saying goes.