Brock Osweiler is the most pointless player on the Denver Broncos

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Brock Osweiler

Why is Brock Osweiler on the Denver Broncos?

This is the question I’ve been asking myself for the last two years. Is this lanky, 6’7″, Robert Pattinson look-alike really the heir apparent to Peyton Manning? That’s what John Elway would lead us to believe, but I think he’s 100 percent wrong.

Osweiler was drafted by the Broncos as an insurance plan for Peyton Manning. Nobody knew just how effective Manning would be after his four neck surgeries, and Elway didn’t want to go into the season with Tim Tebow one injury away from regaining his starting role.

If anybody was going to save the franchise, it was going to be an Elway guy.

That said, drafting Osweiler with the 57th overall pick was the worst decision Elway has made during his tenure in the Broncos front office.

As Elway said himself, “We don’t have a plan B. We’re going with plan A.” If Manning goes down, so do the Broncos, and that’s the way it should be. I’d much rather devote every resource available to making the team around Manning better than worry about Manning’s replacement.

There are quarterbacks in the draft every year, and I can promise you that Osweiler isn’t some special prospect that the Broncos absolutely couldn’t pass up on.

Here is a list of some of the quarterbacks who have gone after pick 57 the last three drafts:

2012: Russell Wilson (75), Nick Foles (88), Kirk Cousins (102)

2013: Mike Glennon (73), Matt Barkley (98), Ryan Nassib (110)

2014: Jimmy Garoppolo (62), Logan Thomas (120), Tom Savage (135), Aaron Murray (163), AJ McCarron (164), Zach Mettenberger (178)

Now, I can’t say for sure that any of these players are better prospects than Osweiler – though I don’t think I would be going out on a limb with Wilson or Foles – but all of them were definitely better values.

The point is, in two seasons, Osweiler has thrown a total of 20 passes for the Denver Broncos. Meaning, his presence has done essentially nothing to improve the Broncos chances of winning the Super Bowl during this very limited window of opportunity.

If Elway had selected any one of these other quarterbacks to hold Manning’s helmet and clipboard, the Broncos would have been in a better position to win the Super Bowl each of the last two years. The last time I checked, Osweiler didn’t do much to stop the Broncos blowout loss in the Super Bowl, but Lavonte David, who was selected one pick after Osweiler, might have.

Better yet, the Broncos could have waited until next year or the year after that to draft Manning’s successor, because, in the end, it doesn’t make a difference. As long as Manning is here, he is the only quarterback that matters, and if you think that his presence is bound to make Osweiler the next Aaron Rodgers, check out how Manning’s backups in Indianapolis did when he was out for the entire season.


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  • doc m

    Get real, Jaycox! Just because the Broncos haven’t had to use Osweiler yet doesn’t mean he won’t be a solid quarterback when given the opportunity. Do you want a highly rated, top notch college quarterback learning the ropes from Manning, or do you prefer to stake the future on a 7th rounder or free agent from Podunk U? Just ask Aaron Rogers what he thinks about being the understudy for a couple of years behind one of the greatest. You should apologize to Brock Osweiler, as well as your readers for this ridiculous attempt at journalism!

    • Scott M

      I agree with doc m. Here’s an idea. How about we trust the 16 year pro bowl, hall of fame quarterback that’s calling the shots for the Broncos right now. I mean he brought in players and coaches that took the team from the bottom of the heap to the superbowl in 2 or 3 years. Of course, Jaycox probably knows better being a sports blogger and all way more knowledgeable than Elway. Anyway, what difference does it make. The Packers took a QB in 7 of 10 drafts under Wolfe. Some of them panned out pretty well. They traded some of them for other players and picks that helped the team. Osweiler will play or he won’t. These guys don’t have crystal balls man. Manning was in his late 30’s coming off neck surgery. They didn’t know he would work out so well. It could have gone the other way. Remember the GM’s job is to do what’s best for the team. At the time with all the unknown factors that’s what they did. If Oz pans out great if he doesn’t oh well. Maybe they trade him and get something back that helps the team in the future. I’m happy to let the guys running things at the Broncos figure that out and I’ll just watch them play.

    • Paul C

      While it is impossible to predict what type of player that Brock will or won’t be does not change the fact that he has had no impact in his 2 years with the Broncos. I agree that there is no such thing as a pointless player, but you cannot say that the Osweiler pick was a good pick similar to that would be the Ronnie Hillman Omar Bolden, Tavarres King, and Philip Blake difference being that other than Hillman these players were taken in 4th round or later. The Broncos are in a peculiar position due to there win now mentality by not selecting players who are not a position of need their worth is far less than those who can play immediately. As seen last year having an extra impactful defensive player would have been far more valuable to the team than Brock. In the long run this may not be the case but if you are trying to win right now Osweiler should not have been selected where he was

  • Mike s

    Doc M. I could not have did it better. It seems anyone can blog. Unfortunately most are ignorant to what they are writing about.

  • Scott R

    This is the most pointless article I’ve read

  • Gene

    I agree. Pointless, making no sense whatsoever

    • KL

      If this is a pointless article about a pointless player, is that comment also pointless ?

  • doc m

    Well said, gentlemen! Scott M: I wish all these wannabe sports writers on the various sites (and even some major newspapers) had your common sense and realistic point of view!

  • doc m

    Maybe, KL, but unfortunately, that makes your question the most pointless point of all! LOL!