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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