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Broncos could be eyeballing Osweiler as Peyton successor

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Mentioned in Saturday’s one-liners but also mentioned in sufficient emails received on Sunday that perhaps it wasn’t noticed on Saturday, it probably makes sense to do a separate post on the subject.

And if it doesn’t make sense, well, it wouldn’t be the first time I did something that doesn’t make sense.  This month.

On Saturday, Broncos V.P. of football operations John Elway, Broncos coach John Fox, Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, Broncos quarterbacks coach Adam Gase, and Broncos General Manager Brian Xanders made the trek to Tempe, Arizona to conduct a private workout with former Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler, according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post.

Osweiler, an intriguing six-foot, eight-inch prospect who some view as a first-rounder but who others envision as a fourth-rounder, could learn a lot from Peyton Manning, allowing Osweiler to become Manning’s successor in Denver.  Then again, few if any of Peyton’s understudies in Indy ever amounted to much of anything, with the Colts or anyone else.  And so the question becomes whether Peyton really wants to groom a protege — or whether anything that anyone learns will come only from watching him.

Regardless of whether Osweiler learns via osmosis or otherwise, the Broncos need a competent backup for now (especially if Manning has any lingering neck issues), and someone who will eventually take over in the future.  Especially if Tim Tebow is still getting decent results after Manning calls it a career, and if the Broncos win no Super Bowls on Peyton’s watch.

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  1. bchapman2011 says: Apr 8, 2012 6:10 PM

    Dan McGwire 2.0

  2. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Apr 8, 2012 6:11 PM

    I like the idea, John Elway knows whats up. I heard something about tall QB’s not having much success in the NFL thus far though. An Peyton doesn’t care about training anyone. It’ll be funny seeing a QB thats bigger than Manning on the same team though.

  3. eaglesnoles05 says: Apr 8, 2012 6:12 PM

    Todd Marinovich?

  4. Soulman45 says: Apr 8, 2012 6:12 PM

    Frist to say
    Need a vet to backup Peyton and some for development and away they go till Peyton get hurt which I hope not.

  5. eaglesnoles05 says: Apr 8, 2012 6:12 PM

    Dan McGwire?

  6. kayakattack says: Apr 8, 2012 6:13 PM

    Why is it that the only reason anyone likes this kid is because he’s 6’7? It’s practically the only thing that gets reported on the guy.. “Well he’s really tall” .. Good he can get those hard to reach areas around the locker room!

  7. eaglesnoles05 says: Apr 8, 2012 6:13 PM

    Lanky Lankerstein?

  8. deathtoromo says: Apr 8, 2012 6:13 PM

    Curtis Painter was spotted at a Denver area Pizza Hut.

  9. bigugly2005 says: Apr 8, 2012 6:14 PM

    Lifelong Bronco fan, and uh, seriously??? Denver is “screw the future mode”. No way in hell they draft this guy. They want to win now and need a quality back up, not some nobody from Who? U!
    Geez, lame story!

  10. sgtr0c says: Apr 8, 2012 6:20 PM

    You say, “if Peyton wants to groom someone”. He is a great field general of a quarterback, doesn’t really qualify him as a great teacher. Maybe why the rest of the team hasn’t really blossomed with him not around.

    The best generals do not always make the best teachers, it is a different line of work…

  11. axltcu says: Apr 8, 2012 6:24 PM

    “Then again, few if any of Peyton’s understudies in Indy ever amounted to much of anything, with the Colts or anyone else.”

    That’s because the Colts never cared to get anyone worth while as a back up because they never thought Peyton would be gone. That lack of foresight was the whole reason their 2011 season was a complete failure.

  12. jchap00 says: Apr 8, 2012 6:26 PM

    Adam Weber?

  13. stevenfbrackett says: Apr 8, 2012 6:33 PM

    Manning has never shown the slightest interest in having anything at all to do with his backups in 15 years. Why does anyone think he will start now?

  14. philwauke says: Apr 8, 2012 6:34 PM

    watched him play and he makes some poor decisions. Good luck Denver.

  15. brutus9448 says: Apr 8, 2012 6:39 PM

    make sure he can play by week 3. I give it 2 weeks before peyton is on injured reserve

  16. coltsnchaos says: Apr 8, 2012 6:53 PM

    Brock Osweiler? Brandon Weeden seems a better fit for the needs, present and future…. he’s not that old, lol.

  17. bozosforall says: Apr 8, 2012 7:10 PM

    They would be better off taking the rookie QB from Arizona, Nick Foles.

  18. fresh2deafbill says: Apr 8, 2012 7:14 PM

    he actually reminds me of Ryan Mallett (although not as talented) big, strong but makes a lot of poor decisions with throws…although brock is also much more agile than mallett, he moves well inside of the pocket. i wouldn’t take him ahead of the third round but I would love to have him learn from peyton

  19. maddbearfan says: Apr 8, 2012 7:18 PM

    Wonder if Vegas has any odds on when Manning goes down….

  20. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Apr 8, 2012 7:33 PM

    Why would you waste one of your top picks on a developmental qb when you just signed Manning. This is like Philly drafting Kobb instead of addressing a need that could have helped them make a final run at a bowl with McNabb.

  21. phreakin says: Apr 8, 2012 7:48 PM

    The ONLY reason he is in the draft this year is because his old QB coach left when Erickson got fired. Brock literally threw the biggest baby fit ever when Erickson got fired.

    As for his skills, he has possible skills but not if he’s in the NFL next year. He needs 1 to 2 years in college to delvelop better. He overthrows receivers a ton, has very low mobility, and doesn’t use his size to his advantage. Not to mention the rumor around town was he liked to emulate the Matt Leinert lifestyle during and after the season. A LOT of partying with girls who nobody was sure were of legal age.

  22. lostsok says: Apr 8, 2012 8:03 PM

    Osweiler is hard to figure. Boise State ate him for lunch in their bowl game, but ASU was all but uncoached. Either way, he looked dreadful. Lost, tentative, made horrible throws.

    Tannehill scares me, but this guy terrifies me. Lots of tools, but soooo far away.

  23. vegasbronco says: Apr 8, 2012 8:05 PM

    If EFX thinks Brock Osweiler is better option (available) than Barkley or Jones will be next year than they take him #57. Brock is big, strong, rifle arm, and very athletic. Needs to learn NFL speed.

    #25 – Reyes DT
    #57 – Osweiler QB
    #87 – Pierce RB
    #108 – Wolfe DT
    #120 – Brewster C/G
    #137 – Hilton WR
    #188 – Hicks DT

  24. sportsmeccabi says: Apr 8, 2012 8:06 PM

    Brian Urlacher thinks Brock Osweiler is a pretty good basketball player.

  25. kcrobert10 says: Apr 8, 2012 8:06 PM

    I know kc is intrested in him to I would gamble on him or weeden at our 2nd rd pick niether is worth a 1st and good luck if u trade up for one of them.

  26. trubroncfan07 says: Apr 8, 2012 8:10 PM

    I would rather see the Broncos target Kellen Moore later in the draft. I want to see best available DT with the first pick and LaMichael James with the second pick.

  27. indywilson40 says: Apr 8, 2012 8:15 PM

    Drafting Brock Marinovich in the 1st round would be a mistake.

  28. bigbluecrew420 says: Apr 8, 2012 8:19 PM

    Peytons best understudy = Eli

  29. ebbycalvinlaloosh says: Apr 8, 2012 8:23 PM

    They’ll be taking a long hard look at every decent QB outside of Luck, Griffin and maybe Tannehill. It’s a good idea to get someone into camp and start developing them so when Peyton retires you’ve got a possible replacement on the roster ready to go. Weeden, Cousins, Foles and Osweiler are all in play for the Broncos, and they’ll likely take one no later than the fourth round.

    As to Manning mentoring the young QB, well, that’s what coaches get paid for. Whatever Manning decides to contribute would be appreciated but not necessary. A young QB can learn a lot just by practicing and watching, whether the incumbent chooses to serve as a mentor or not.

  30. banvard316 says: Apr 8, 2012 8:24 PM

    Just when I start to take Mike seriously he lists Brock as a 6’8 Qb. I guess the combine doesn’t mean much to a website that reports about football. He was billed at 6’8 but measured in at 6’6 7/8. Why do I know this and a guy running a football website of some importance doesn’t?

  31. commandercornpone says: Apr 8, 2012 8:25 PM

    favre trained backups more than the forehead does.

  32. fran021 says: Apr 8, 2012 8:36 PM

    The closest Peyton ever came to giving a damn about grooming anybody was that skit on Saturday Night Live.

  33. miamimike1 says: Apr 8, 2012 8:38 PM

    Please correct me if I am wrong. No where does it say Denver is taking him in the first round. They are looking at him. They might be even throwing up a smoke screen for someone else. I have to think Elway knows what is needed in a NFL quarterback. You might not like him as a front office guy or any other reason but he knows what it takes to play in the NFL as a Q.B. Denver needs a tackle an I would be shocked if that is not their first pick. There will be Q.B.s in next years draft that will be highly recruited by teams as well. This year is not a emergency to get a back up.

  34. sndvl99 says: Apr 8, 2012 8:49 PM

    Who cares. Is PFT really making a post on speculating who a team will take in rd 2??? Slow news day…

  35. kleppnasty says: Apr 8, 2012 8:51 PM

    Why is anyone considering drafting a too tall qb, with accuracy and decision making issues who couldn’t even lead his team to win the PAC 10, and has a career losing record as a starter. This guy will be out of the league in 3 years.

  36. truths4all says: Apr 8, 2012 9:04 PM

    He measured 6’7.5″ at the combine.

    What’s another inch when two of the AFC top QBs are 6’6″?
    Roethlisberger
    Flacco

  37. thesportsguy52 says: Apr 8, 2012 9:16 PM

    Why in the world are we–sorry, YOU–already talking about Mannings successor, after ALL of that crazy hype?? Insane.

  38. gacoltfan says: Apr 8, 2012 9:17 PM

    That’s what I want my QB doing, spending his time coaching a rookie rather than spending as much time as he can familiarizing himself with his receivers, watching film of opponents, etc. There is no bigger myth in the NFL than saying a veteran QB “grooms” his predecessor.

    How much time do you think Montana and Favre spent grooming Young and Rodgers? And can you imagine how bad Griese would have been if Elway hadn’t groomed him?

  39. jrob1030 says: Apr 8, 2012 9:40 PM

    Osweiler only started one season in college football and didn’t even have that good of a year. He did have one good game against Mizzou which I was fortunate enough to be at, but that was about it. Even in high school, he couldn’t even get his team past the first round of the playoffs for 3 straight years, that doesn’t sound like a first-round pick to me. I don’t understand how anyone would think he is a 1st round pick. Not to mention I met him in high school and he seems like a huge douche.

  40. thehouse19 says: Apr 8, 2012 10:21 PM

    Osweiler reminds of Philip Rivers alot… #17, white, and the throwing motion. I think it would be a good pickup for Denver if hes there in the 2nd round, Rodgers learned under Farve for 3 or 4 years so, just saying….

  41. mjkelly77 says: Apr 8, 2012 10:23 PM

    He’ll be manning’s successor by the second game of the season. Swamp Boy is done.

  42. bornhauser says: Apr 8, 2012 10:30 PM

    awful. awful. awful.

    Let’s see…

    19 Games as a starter.. Tebow started how many? Oh, and what has Brock ever won? What about The All-PAC12 3rd Team? Oh he wasn’t on it? dang. Tebow was the best of the best (That thing called a Heisman) and he won 2 National Titles.

    Less than 65% completion percentage (that being 2011, 2010 was less than 60%).. Tebow had over 66% for his college career

    Good Athlete ( I mean he was gonna play at Gonzaga for basketball).. Not a good enough athlete to get his own goal-line package

    Only 33 to 15 TD to INT ratio.. Try 88 to 15 coming out of UF for Tebow.

    Janky throwing motion…Tebow’s is probably just as bad.

    Other than him being 6’7″ what makes him any better than Tebow to take over as the successor to Peyton Manning? The media circus? Let’s be honest, if John Elway really cared as much about the future as people are believing because they are possibly looking for a QB of The Future in the draft, then he wouldn’t have cared and kept Timmah.

    Not going to hate on Brock Osweiler too bad, but seriously he’s got a ton of work to do in order to get ready to play in The NFL. A 5th Round talent, and to be honest he will more than likely be taken early (2nd Round) and will not live up to this workout/pre-draft hype.

  43. oldbyrd says: Apr 8, 2012 10:31 PM

    power forward

  44. giantrealist says: Apr 8, 2012 11:42 PM

    Payton’s backups haven’t done much because they aren’t game ready. He takes all the snaps both in practice and in games.

  45. frank booth says: Apr 8, 2012 11:52 PM

    maddbearfan says:
    Apr 8, 2012 7:18 PM
    Wonder if Vegas has any odds on when Manning goes down….
    ====================================
    Goes down on whom?

  46. obiyohnkanobi says: Apr 9, 2012 12:20 AM

    @deathtoromo I’m sure he was working. Probably picked up a double.

  47. nremi85 says: Apr 9, 2012 1:11 AM

    I would luv to c manning go down (nothing to serious, I don’t wish hurt on anyone) but c this tall lanky slow dude to 5ake over when they had a playoff, winning qb, most loved football player in a long time, and watch tbow take over the jets after sachez throws 100 yrds w/ 4 picks in a game, newyork and tebow fans would be going crazy ….oh boy I c it going down….brancos will never win a super bowl with peyton, he’s been in the league a long. A ss time and only one 1 super bowl…he ain’t gunna do it with a new team, learning all over I’ll tell. Yah ….

  48. yahmule says: Apr 9, 2012 1:25 AM

    Stirring up the Tetards.

  49. brenenostler says: Apr 9, 2012 2:12 AM

    Anyone who thinks Weeden would be a good successor needs to be reminded of Weeden’s age. By the time Peyton retires, Weeden will probably be 32 or 33.

    Draft Kirk Cousins. Unless he’s unavailable in the 4th.

  50. joetoronto says: Apr 9, 2012 5:42 AM

    mjkelly77 says: Apr 8, 2012 10:23 PM

    He’ll be manning’s successor by the second game of the season. Swamp Boy is done.
    *************************************************
    Give it a rest with this “swamp boy” crap already, you’re sounding more and more like a stalker.

  51. dcpatfan says: Apr 9, 2012 6:16 AM

    hope the kid can learn on his own, cuz peyton ain’t grooming anything but his stats.

  52. cluelessdufus says: Apr 9, 2012 6:25 AM

    Osweiler won’t be anything more than a backup for Manning but I guess give him a chance once Peyton goes down his size is nice 6-7 231lbs but only 1 year of college football give lots of concerns and lost his last 5 starts doesn’t show a big arm really but enough to make almost every throw, mobility his footwork is raw for a pro-style level and smarts are raw he tries forcing too much in double coverage

  53. butteredsanta says: Apr 9, 2012 6:52 AM

    Fred Burton Jr?

  54. peytonfavrecircus says: Apr 9, 2012 8:55 AM

    This guy is gonna be good. I heard his college coach was Philip Rivers coach and had him watch film of Rivers. Then to sit behind Peyton? If he’s accurate, he will be good.

  55. dublindemonszfl says: Apr 9, 2012 10:00 AM

    Adam Webber, will be the qb after Peyton is injured. He will then show he can play in the league. Denver will trade him to AZ, for a 1st round pick. And again AZ will continue to try use someone elses qb instead of finding their own.

  56. miniappleman says: Apr 9, 2012 10:04 AM

    Forget about this kid and focus on Adam Weber! Kid played under a new OC every season in MN and has some skills when not being told a new thing every 12 games. Plus he has built in chemistry with Decker. Wish you luck Weber!

  57. joewilliesshnoz says: Apr 9, 2012 10:15 AM

    It’s time for the steelers to start grooming big ben’s replacement, this kid just might fit.

  58. gmen1987 says: Apr 9, 2012 10:15 AM

    peytonfavrecircus says:
    Apr 9, 2012 8:55 AM
    This guy is gonna be good. I heard his college coach was Philip Rivers coach and had him watch film of Rivers. Then to sit behind Peyton? If he’s accurate, he will be good.
    ————————————————–
    Goobs,

    Any QB could have Philip Rivers coach as his coach and watch film of Philip Rivers. Doesn’t mean that any QB will be NFL calibre just because they watch film of Philip Rivers.

  59. bucfaninil says: Apr 9, 2012 10:41 AM

    lol Osweiler… the guy isn’t even really NCAA-caliber much less NFL-caliber… The collective wisdom off all the great QBs couldn’t turn him even into a decent back much less an heir to Peyton… its equivalent to saying… I want to replace my 67 Mustang with 2012 Volt (Engine, Tires, Steering wheel, headlights, not included)…. All because of Gil Brandt LMAO

  60. bozosforall says: Apr 9, 2012 11:10 AM

    nremi85 says:
    Apr 9, 2012 1:11 AM
    I would luv to c manning go down (nothing to serious, I don’t wish hurt on anyone) but c this tall lanky slow dude to 5ake over when they had a playoff, winning qb, most loved football player in a long time, and watch tbow take over the jets after sachez throws 100 yrds w/ 4 picks in a game, newyork and tebow fans would be going crazy ….oh boy I c it going down….brancos will never win a super bowl with peyton, he’s been in the league a long. A ss time and only one 1 super bowl…he ain’t gunna do it with a new team, learning all over I’ll tell. Yah ….

    __
    Using Super Bowl victories to measure greatness is asinine. As for “learning all over”, Peyton won’t be the one learning a new offense…that will fall to the rest of the offensive side of the ball. John Fox was smart enough to let Tebow do what he does best (and it worked)…he will certainly let Peyton do what it is that he does best as well. Fox will focus on getting the players that Peyton needs to be successful and then make sure that the defense is top-notch, something that never happened in Indy. If anything, Peyton will finally be able to count on having a defense to match the offense that he leads.

  61. EJ says: Apr 9, 2012 11:23 AM

    — or whether anything that anyone learns will come only from watching him.

    If thats the case then why don’t the Broncos just get a bunch of gametape together and have a bunch of QB’s watch it?

  62. afirst916 says: Apr 9, 2012 12:15 PM

    If Peyton wanted to groom someone, he would’ve taken a pay cut and stayed in Indy. He doesn’t want to, no QB does.

  63. emoorm says: Apr 9, 2012 1:02 PM

    Peyton isn’t a coach. His job is to play QB and not to train the next guy. How many serviceable QB were created sitting behind Peyton? Hmmm.

    On another note, Denver will need another QB real soon. The curse of Tebow will doom the Broncos.

  64. granadafan says: Apr 9, 2012 1:30 PM

    “thehouse19 says: Apr 8, 2012 10:21 PM
    Osweiler reminds of Philip Rivers alot… #17, white, and the throwing motion. I think it would be a good pickup for Denver if hes there in the 2nd round, Rodgers learned under Farve for 3 or 4 years so, just saying….”
    =========================================

    Uh, Aaron Rodgers was good DESPITE Favre’s attempts to actively derail and not train Rodgers. Favre went out of his way to make sure Rodgers received no first team snaps and completely ignored even direct questions from Rodgers. Other backup QBs to Lord Favre stated the same thing. Peyton may not actively ignore his backups, but he’s no better than Favre in mentoring young QBs.

  65. jmsincla says: Apr 9, 2012 1:59 PM

    Rumor has it that Manning wants to open a Dog Grooming business after his football career.

  66. mogogo1 says: Apr 9, 2012 2:14 PM

    It’s one thing to think the guy is worthy of a 4th round pick to see if he can play in the NFL. But that’s a LONG ways away from declaring him to be their next starting QB. If they thought he was that good, they certainly wouldn’t be telling people they were going to wait until the 4th round and just hope he’s still there.

  67. blacknyellablacknyella says: Apr 9, 2012 3:08 PM

    I watched every game he ever played at ASU. The guy is solid. The Dan McGwire comments are stupid cuz Oz is closer to 6’6″ than 6’8″ and he’s very athletic/mobile. Some idiot mentioned he had a losing record as a starter at ASU. I don’t think that’s accurate and, even if it were, that’s on the defense more than the offense/Oz. Oz was putting up something like 32pts per game and threw for over 4,000yrds. He’s very coachable, sticks throws, extremely mobile, and has tremendous leadership skills. No team should reach in the first for a ‘project’, but he’s definity worth a bottom of 2nd/3rd-rounder.

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