Following the Broncos’ Super Bowl 50 victory, the team was prepared to make Brock Osweiler the second highest paid Broncos’ quarterback of all-time. Osweiler was a key contributor in the Super Bowl run. Without his 5-2 starting record, the Broncos would not have secured the number one seed in the AFC, and very possibly the Super Bowl. Elway and the Broncos believed in their former second round pick and were ready to hand him the keys.
Instead, after skipping the team’s White House visit and other Broncos’ celebration events, Osweiler elected for a fresh start in what he believed was a better fit for him in Houston. The rest as they say is history.
Today, after a roller coaster journey with the Texans and Browns, Osweiler found himself in the position Elway and company wanted him to be in all along. But, this time it is under completely different circumstances. Following the team’s turnover fueled third straight loss, the team had to make the switch. On Wednesday afternoon, Broncos’ head coach Vance Joseph announced that Osweiler would get the start in place of the struggling Trevor Siemian.
“Well, it came down to what’s best for our football team and quite frankly what is best for Trevor’s future,” stated Joseph. “The team was ok with it. They trust obviously Brock. He’s been here before under the same situation; it’s very similar. He’s why we signed him. We wanted a veteran presence in our quarterback room with a guy who has played in big games, a guy who can lead our offense if something like this were to happen.”
Nobody could foresee a road that would lead Osweiler back to the position he is now, but here he is. The Broncos’ quarterback of the past and present now stands reunited and ready to compete with his teammates come this Sunday afternoon.
“I’m sure a lot people are surprised by this,” said Osweiler. “Very rarely does a player leave to go to a different team and he’s back on his previous team within a year time; let alone a quarterback. But once again that’s not the story. I’m here; I’m ready to play football. I know this football team is ready to go out there and play and play a good clean game and that’s where our focus is right now.”
The challenge in front of Osweiler will be an up-hill battle. Sitting below .500 for the first time since 2012, the Broncos will travel to Philadelphia to take on the NFC leading Eagles before hosting the defending champion New England Patriots on November 12th.
However, for the Broncos to be successful Denver doesn’t need Osweiler to be great. They just need him to manage the game behind a championship caliber defense, just as he did in 2015. Osweiler knows it.
“You have to protect the football,” declared Osweiler. “You know the saying is ball security is job security and if you protect the football, you’re going to stay out there on the field. So game manager or protecting the football or whatever you call it, that’s our job every week. I’m not going to change anything I’ve done from the past. I’m just going to go out there, play like I’ve always done it. I know my teammates will make my job easy and all step up and hopefully we have a great day.”
The Broncos’ offense has time and time again let the defense down and frankly they’re tired of it. Osweiler hopes to ignite a lifeless offense that is managing just over 12 points per game in the last five weeks.
“I love that the defense is frustrated,” proclaimed Osweiler. “If you look at it from our perspective, it’s a great thing because it means they care. It means they want to win. It means that they want to see this football team do great things. In order for that to take place, we know we need to hold up our end of the bargain.”
The quarterback that was once groomed to be the heir to Peyton Manning and the future leader of the franchise left and now he’s back. Osweiler is starting Sunday with a golden opportunity in front of him to not only revive his own career, but also the Broncos’ season.