At a time when most people are discarding Peyton Manning and believe he has lost his starting job to Brock Osweiler, Steve Young is standing behind the future Hall of Famer.
Young said in ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” postgame show after the Browns-Ravens game that he believes Manning will reclaim the Broncos’ starting quarterback job and lead Denver to the Super Bowl this season. The topic came up when the crew was discussing Super Bowl favorites.
“In the AFC, I think Denver has it. They’re going to get healthier … Peyton Manning will be back. They’ll make a run. It will be a historic run. The nature of who Peyton is, I think it’s going to come out in the end of the year,” Young said of Manning.
Manning, 39, is out with a foot injury. He has missed two games, and Osweiler has posted wins in both contests. It is uncertain how long Manning will be out, but reports say the Broncos are in no hurry to get him back.
Young is going out on a limb in predicting Manning’s return and future success. Not only would it mean Peyton turning around a season in which he has thrown 17 interceptions and nine touchdowns, but it also would mean he would have to reclaim the job from Osweiler. Both possibilities seem improbable at the moment.
Gary Kubiak is going to have a difficult decision to make when Peyton Manning is ready to return, and it sounds like at least one Denver Broncos player does not believe Manning should get his job back.
After Sunday night’s dramatic win over the New England Patriots, a Broncos player reportedly told Jason Cole of Bleacher report that he has more confidence in Brock Osweiler’s ability to make throws than he does in Manning’s.
“(The player said) Osweiler simply can make throws right now than Peyton Manning cannot make,” Cole said Monday. “Those deep throws to Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders to set up the game-tying touchdown — including the touchdown to give the Broncos the lead — were things that impressed the players. Also his calm and confidence in the pocket.”
Cole added that Osweiler’s teammates are confident the 25-year-old will only get better as the season progresses and he develops a better relationship with his receivers.
None of this is a surprise. Manning was benched earlier this month after he threw three interceptions in a single half. His arm strength has been diminishing over the past year, and that probably has just as much to do with age as it does with injuries.
Osweiler has better physical tools than a 39-year-old Manning, and the Broncos might already be planning to stick with Osweiler when Manning is healthy. If that happens, will Manning be willing to keep doing what he did for Osweiler on Sunday night? We may find out.
Brock Osweiler says Peyton Manning played a big role in helping the Denver Broncos defeat the New England Patriots Sunday night.
After leading his team to its biggest win of the season, Osweiler told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio that Manning was responsible for several key adjustments the Broncos made at halftime.
“Peyton was fantastic at halftime. He came up to me and — you know Peyton — of course, he had a list of things ready to talk about that he saw out there,” Osweiler said, per Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk. “I’m not going to go into specifics, but he certainly did help me, and he helped this football team get a win today.”
Osweiler was more than likely responding to rumors that Manning has not been involved in helping the 25-year-old quarterback prepare. We should note that the Broncos really didn’t get things going until well into the second half when New England muffed a punt, but it sounds like Manning played at least some role in the comeback.
Of course, Osweiler was asked if he believes he has played well enough to remain the team’s starter for the rest of the season.
“I’m not sure about that,” he said. “The one thing I do know, though, this football team got a tremendous win tonight against a great opponent, in front of the best fans in the world, and I’m just going to enjoy this win tonight.”
Some of the reports we have heard about Manning over the past several days say it all. Even if the future Hall of Famer gets healthy, there’s no guarantee he is getting his job back. In the meantime, the best thing he can do from a PR standpoint is to not come across like Brett Favre came across when the Aaron Rodgers era began.
Peyton Manning is rehabbing from a nagging foot injury with one goal and one goal only in mind — to reclaim his starting quarterback job. Are the Denver Broncos anxious to get him back in that role?
Jason La Canfora reports that the Broncos are in “no rush” to get Manning back on the field and that Manning’s demotion has already resulted in “some friction” between him and the team. If Manning ends up losing his job to Brock Osweiler, he will not go quietly.
From the report:
Manning, an uber-competitor, is fixated on his recovery and getting back on the field. He wants to reclaim his starting spot, and will push to do so, according to sources with knowledge of the situation…
The situation could well come to a head in the next two weeks, with Manning undoubtedly reaching a point where he will let it be known he is healthy enough to reclaim his starting job, while, unless Osweiler fails in the meantime, that opportunity simply may not exist.
La Canfora adds that everyone in the Broncos organization is committed to giving the offense a chance to succeed under Osweiler. A team source said the Broncos will not be “bullied” into starting Manning again simply because of his veteran status. The situation is already drawing comparisons to the one with Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre several years back.
“We know this much — (Manning is) not going to go quietly,” a source told La Canfora. “He’s going to have to be dealt with.”
If Manning doesn’t suffer a setback, the Broncos will eventually have a decision to make. It doesn’t sound like they can simply pretend Manning is more hurt than he is, because Manning could publicly declare himself healthy to put pressure on the team.
Reports have indicated that Manning wants to play in 2016, even if it isn’t for the Broncos. It also sounds like Peyton hasn’t been all that involved in helping his potential replacement, and you can read more about that here.
If Osweiler leads the Broncos to a win over the unbeaten New England Patriots and Manning feels he is healthy enough to play next week, things could get ugly in a hurry.
The Denver Broncos have announced that Peyton Manning will miss at least the next two games, and it’s fair to wonder if we will see the 39-year-old quarterback again this season.
On Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Manning is more likely to miss a minimum of three weeks while recovering from a foot injury.
“The official release was that Manning would be out at least two weeks — my understanding is it’s at least three weeks (from playing),” Rapoport said. “Here’s why: He’s going to be in a cast for up to 10 days, then he’s got another week of rehab, and then he’s got to try to get on the field. So the date to circle on your calendar is Dec. 20 against the Steelers. That’s the most realistic date that Manning could be back, but no one has guaranteed to me that he’ll definitely be back on the field, especially if Brock Osweiler is playing well.”
A Broncos PR person said Rapoport’s report is inaccurate.
Inaccurate. Nothing has changed from what the coach said. Unavailable for at least two games & evaluated after that. https://t.co/0hxkrp2mHm
— Patrick Smyth (@psmyth12) November 26, 2015
Manning’s health aside, there’s no guarantee Gary Kubiak gives him his job back if Brock Osweiler plays well. Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots will be incredibly important in determining both Osweiler’s and Manning’s future. If Osweiler plays well and Denver hands the Patriots their first loss of the season, Kubiak would have to consider keeping Manning sidelined.
Given some of the rumblings we have heard about Manning’s intentions for 2016, it’s safe to assume he wants to play again this year. But Denver was basically winning in spite of him when he was on the field. Was that due to injury or age? Probably a lot of both.
Peyton Manning is currently focused on getting healthy and returning to help the Denver Broncos this season, but that apparently hasn’t stopped him from thinking ahead to 2016.
According to a report from Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Manning has told his teammates that he wants to play next season. That tidbit of info was separate from Florio’s report about Manning planning to play in 2016 even if it is not in Denver.
Manning was scheduled to see a specialist on Monday for a second opinion on his foot injury. He is also dealing with a rib injury, and Brock Osweiler is scheduled to start against the New England Patriots on Sunday.
If Osweiler plays well and the Broncos hand the Patriots their first loss of the season, it would be a surprise if Gary Kubiak sends him back to the bench. The more likely scenario is that Kubiak sticks with the narrative of Manning needing more time to heal.
The Broncos have one of the better defenses in the NFL, and there have been times this season where Manning is clearly holding the team back. Despite some of his teammates giving animated defenses of the 39-year-old, it’s easy to see that Manning is either dealing with significant injuries or simply doesn’t have it anymore.
Peyton Manning is not planning to retire at the end of the 2015 season, at least according to one NFL reporter.
Appearing on “Football Night in America” Sunday night, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk said he spoke to someone familiar with Manning’s plans who said the 39-year-old plans to play in 2016, even if he is not a member of the Denver Broncos.
“I’m told he currently intends to play next year, even if it’s not for the Broncos,” Florio said.
Tony Dungy, who is a co-host on the program, said that he has not heard the same information as Florio. Dungy coached Manning for several years when the two were with the Indianapolis Colts.
Manning is currently nursing multiple injuries, the most notable of which is a torn plantar fascia in his foot. Brock Osweiler started for the Broncos on Sunday and threw for 250 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in a 17-15 win over the Chicago Bears.
Given the way Manning played down the stretch last year and through the first half of this season, there is a growing sense that Osweiler could steal his job if the former Arizona State star plays well. Some NFL teams are reportedly already thinking about offering Manning a job (details here) when he hangs up his cleats, but that may not be until the end of 2016.
Manning is under contract with the Broncos next season for a base salary of $19 million. He restructured his deal for 2015 prior to the season.