With Peyton Manning nursing multiple injuries, Brock Osweiler made his first career start over the weekend, versus none other than John Fox - the coach that drafted him.
Osweiler led the Broncos to a 17-15 victory, throwing for 250-yards and two touchdowns in the process, but his most impressive statistic was his ZERO turnovers.
As a young quarterback going up against a coach who drafted you, you'd expect some mistakes, some forced by the Bears others by Osweiler himself, but no, he played clean, something that Peyton Manning has struggled to do all season long.
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Osweiler ran Gary Kubiak's zone run scheme beautifully, with the play-action bootleg being a heavy feature of the offensive scheme, mobility is a premium, and Osweiler showcased his sneaky athleticism that aided him running the bootleg with ease.
This is something Manning has struggled to do this season, the bootleg offense is not his forte, he is a statuesque quarterback whose mobility is dreadful. What Peyton does best is stand in the shotgun and fling the ball standing still, running around and operating under center don't suit his skills and it's a big reason why I think we are right in questioning the future of Manning in Denver.
While it's easy to get carried away over one game, I will say that Osweiler has not yet won me over, it was a great performance, and he made some great decisions, but it was one game versus the Bears.
The real test comes next week.
With Manning currently too unhealthy to play next week versus the New England Patriots we will most likely see another outing by Osweiler.
That will truly be the proving ground for the future of the Broncos quarterback, if he can have another clean performance and either win or make the game interesting by keeping it close, Manning may find his job slipping away from him.
If Osweiler does play well against the Patriots, I think it will be hard for the Broncos to justify going back to Manning for any reason other than his name.
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