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As you all know, Peyton Manning was benched for the first time in his career due to bad play. I apologize to the word “bad.” Horrific is more like it. 5/20 for 35 yards and four interceptions.

With his performance on Sunday, Manning joined Jeff Garcia (2004), Tim Hasselbeck (2003), Anthony Wright (2000) and Tommy Maddox (1995) in the illustrious “Zero Passer Rating Club” with a minimum of 20 passing attempts.

On the season, Manning ranks 25th among quarterbacks, with at least 100 attempts, in completion percentage, 16th in passing yardage, 26th in average per throw and 28th in touchdown passes. He is numero uno in interceptions thrown by a big margin.

After Sunday’s debacle, it was reported that Manning has a torn plantar fascia. Will this give head coach Gary Kubiak the perfect excuse to bench Manning for the remainder of the year?

Brock Osweiler

Brock Osweiler is 6’8″ and 240lbs and played his college ball at Arizona State.

The book on Osweiler is that he’s tall, possesses a strong arm and is very athletic for his size. I have seen Ben Roethlisberger comparisons.

The Denver Broncos selected Osweiler with the 57th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, so he should be acclimated to the pro game after sitting for three years. There are some similarities to the beginning of Aaron Rodgers’ career, who also sat three years behind a future Hall of Fame quarterback. I’m not saying Osweiler will be a stud like Rodgers. I’m just saying that the situations are similar, so hold your horses.

When Manning was mercifully benched at the end of the third quarter on Sunday, Osweiler gave us a glimpse of what we can expect going forward.

The obvious observation is the velocity difference on passes. Osweiler does have a cannon and the ball noticeably gets to the receivers quickly. Osweiler took a couple shots down the field but he did not unleash anything. The scouting reports say that he can fling it with the best of them, so we will just have to wait and see.

The athleticism was on display Sunday.

Osweiler was able to shrug off defenders in the pocket and run the naked bootlegs effectively.

At times, he was quick and decisive in his reads and able to deliver the ball effectively. On other plays, he held the ball too long or wasn’t able to deliver the pass in the face of pressure. This is obviously going to be the question mark going forward.

The Broncos offensive line is currently rated #4 in pass protection according to FootballOutsiders.com. Most of the credit needs to be given to Manning, as he’s always been great at deciphering defenses and getting the ball out quickly. Make no mistake, the Broncos offensive line is not good.

Going Forward

As good as the Denver defense is, it is not 2000 Ravens – Carry Trent Dilfer to a Super Bowl – good. Manning’s physical state is limiting what the offense can do, but the major issue is his decision making. He is throwing it right into the hands of the defense at times. As great as Manning has been in his career, he is holding back this team and putting the defense, which is great, into uncompromising situations.

The time has come for a change. There are seven games left before the playoffs, which should be used for Brock Osweiler to gain experience and get acclimated into the team. Kubiak will now be free to run HIS offense.

The Broncos were not winning the Super Bowl with Manning at the helm. It would be hard to imagine Osweiler being the savior, but the Broncos have to give themselves a chance.

Verdict

 

 

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  1. Scott says:
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    If Hoyer has no trouble with concussion, would you still drop him for Brock?

    • Son says:
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      @Scott: I would, but it’s close. I could make arguments for both sides. Hoyer is going to be garbage time hero and has Nuk to catch the ball. Osweiler won’t be asked to do much, but will have plenty of opportunities to make plays due to the defense, weapons on the outside and Kubiak scheme. Efficiency vs volume. I know who Hoyer is.

  2. Scooter G says:
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    Do you like Brock over fitzpatrick and Mariota Ros ?

    • Son says:
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      @Scooter G: I like him over Fitz but not over Mariota.

  3. Twice on Muesday says:
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    Osweiller or Hasselbeck for upcoming week ?

    I have Big Ben on a bye week

    • Son says:
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      @J-FOH: Hahaha. That was awesome. To answer your question, Son, who is a son and has a son, also does not know who took your Son. You and your Sons of Anarchy crew must get on your bikes and search for him.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Son: are judging me by my beard? (Thank You) I’ll be having lunch this week on your side of the planet at Tatsu Ramen.

        • Son says:
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          @J-FOH: I am. It is most impressive. Do you in fact ride a bike? Long way to go for ramen. It’s good, but is it that good?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Son: I have a meeting with Grey, so yes its worth it.

            Nah, I don’t ride. Lost too many people growing up and as an adult to bikes. Besides, where I live it’s biker gang central and I don’t want any part of that

            • Son says:
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              @J-FOH: Nice. Good luck with your meeting. Grey is the head honcho right? The man behind the curtain?

              I hear you on the bike thing. Sorry to bring back bad memories. I brought up the bikes because of your beard and because of where you live.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Son: I wouldn’t say behind the curtain, he is front and center on the baseball side. But yes, Razzball is his site, he created it.

                No worries on the bad memories, it’s not like I’m drunk. I have many friends in that realm, which are good to know, but nothing I would partake in. I’m a lone wolf at my core

                • Son says:
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                  @J-FOH: I have always enjoyed Grey’s baseball articles. He’s a funny dude and has a great mustache. Never knew it was his site. You kissing ass to the man? Just playing. It’s cool that you close with him. Man, that’s quite a journey from your hood to meet up and eat ramen. :)

                  Yeah, I hear you. I grew up with some folk that partook in outside the box activities as well.

                  I’m a lone wolf at the core as well.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    Grey and Rudy are the bosses. I happen to be one of the very very few writers/hacks/drivelers that live out here so we hang from time to time. We even went to go see de la soul last year and did the Angel game when one of our readers, teddy heater, threw out the first pitch wearing his custom made razzball jersey

                    https://twitter.com/JFOH_Razzball/status/630178460485287936

                    • Son says:
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                      @J-FOH: Great pic. Great jersey. That’s cool that you guys all chill out together. How long have you been writing for Razzball?

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      fall of 2013, started on the football side when Sky ran it and then joined baseball a few months later when they figured out I wasn’t a guy living in my moms basement….I live in the attic!

                    • Son says:
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                      J-FOH: Testing 123

                    • Son says:
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                      Testing 123

                    • J-FOH

                      J-FOH says:
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                      Testes….Testes

  4. Son says:
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    LOL. Very cool.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Son: you know if you click the reply on the last comment with one you can continue in the thread, I just delete the @ part.

      • Son says:
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        @J-FOH: Thanks for the tip. Often wondered about that. Is there a cap on the number of replies?

        • J-FOH says:
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          I dont think so if you miss the last reply and go one above then t gets out of order. On the cool side of the site (baseball) you will see them go on forever in Greys post

          • Son says:
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            @J-FOH: Nice. Thanks again. Hey, why do you have two different profile pics?

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Son: One is my gravatar and one is my football avi in wordpress

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Son: see I changed it

              • Son says:
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                @J-FOH: That one you had on your football page is crazy

                  • Son says:
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                    @J-FOH: LOL. Too funny. The comments are even funnier. So who’s the funniest Razzball writer?

                    • J-FOH

                      J-FOH says:
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                      Grey, hands down. Next would be sky and after that we can all be amusing in our own special way.

                    • Son says:
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                      Spoken like a true politician =)

                    • J-FOH

                      J-FOH says:
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                      my good buddy, the Big Magoo on the baseball side, calls that corporate J-FOH

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