Rotoworld ranked all of the quarterback situations for every team in the NFL this week and the Denver Broncos came in 28th. With the departure of first ballot Hall of Famer Peyton Manning and his heir apparent in Brock Osweiler, it makes sense for outsiders to be wary of the Broncos quarterback situation.
28. Broncos, Paxton Lynch/Mark Sanchez
Broncos 2015 Ranking: 17
In reality, there’s no way Denver’s quarterback play can be worse than it was last season. Peyton Manning was the worst starter in the league, and fill-in Brock Osweiler was uneven at best. But even if the situation can’t get worse, it’s only in the embryonic stages of getting better. No. 26 overall pick Paxton Lynch is probably the rawest first-rounder since E.J. Manuel, and his mentor Mark Sanchez is … Mark Sanchez. It’s going to be a take-your-lumps year under center for the Broncos, with the focus being on Lynch showing signs of life for 2017. To do so, Lynch will have to make major strides on the ball placement and mechanics he displayed on college film. GM John Elway was right not to overpay Osweiler, but his 2016 plan will likely require tapping into some of the considerable goodwill he’s built up since taking over for Brian Xanders.
It would have been horrible had I not seen Brock Osweiler and the Houston Texans come in at 29th. So that's what $72 million buys you. I am glad John Elway skipped that auction.
29. Texans, Brock Osweiler
Texans 2015 Ranking: 31
Maybe Brock Osweiler really is worth $72 million. All we know for sure is that he’s a 25-year-old former second-rounder with 11 career touchdowns. The last time Osweiler was on the field, he was getting benched for the remains of Peyton Manning. Osweiler offers ideal size, plus athleticism and a decent arm, but had glaring flaws as a first-year starter. Osweiler suffered numerous second half implosions, and often failed to see beyond his first read. When option one was covered, Osweiler tended to hold onto the ball too long before taking a sack. That’s the glass half empty assessment of his arrival in Houston. If we want to get half full about it, Osweiler will be working with a coach who has made Christian Hackenberg and Brian Hoyer watchable. Bill O’Brien clearly believes Osweiler can be molded into something. Some benefit of the doubt is warranted here. The same can be said for healthy skepticism.
"Benched for the remains of Peyton Manning."
I don't know why that statement had me laughing so hard, but it did.
Frankly, I think the Broncos quarterback situation is being undersold and the reality of things is probably somewhere far north of this 28th spot.
If that isn't good enough for you, then just be glad you are not the New York Jets in this situation. Rather than naming any quarterback, Rotoworld just put "Jets, Various Players".