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Gary Kubiak on starting quarterback: I won’t say anything

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 18: Head coach Gary Kubiak as quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos listens during during overtime against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 18, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Broncos defeated the Browns 26-23 in overtime. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) Getty Images

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak refused to say whether Peyton Manning or Brock Osweiler will start at quarterback when Denver opens its postseason in 13 days.

“I won’t say anything,” Kubiak said on Monday morning. “I’ve got nothing for you today. . . . I have no timeline.”

Kubiak is playing coy, but the reality is it’s almost impossible to imagine that Manning won’t get the start. Kubiak benched Osweiler with the Broncos losing to the Chargers on Sunday, and Manning led the Broncos to a win that secured home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. Under those circumstances, there’s no way a healthy Manning would go back to the bench.

Still, Kubiak is insisting that he thinks he can win with both quarterbacks.

“I’m proud of both of them. Obviously Peyton did a great job early in the season before he went through the injury. Brock’s done a great job with this football team. Yesterday it took both of them. It’s taken all of us all year long,” Kubiak said.

But only one quarterback will be under center when the game starts on Sunday, January 17, and that quarterback will almost certainly be Manning. Even if Kubiak isn’t willing to say so yet.

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52 Responses to “Gary Kubiak on starting quarterback: I won’t say anything”
  1. cafetero1075 says: Jan 4, 2016 11:11 AM

    Have to ride Manning.

  2. bettis3636 says: Jan 4, 2016 11:11 AM

    They both cant throw… so id say ONE AND DONE!!!

  3. mcjon22 says: Jan 4, 2016 11:14 AM

    You don’t have too Gary, we already know who it is.

    And if you can get a matchup with the beat up Steelers defense followed by an injury plagued Patriots team, you might just thread the needle here and get Peyton one last ring before he rides into the sunset.

  4. roddoliver says: Jan 4, 2016 11:14 AM

    Let’s go one-and-done again with Peyton to satisfy his creepy fans, then let the Brock era begin in 2016.

  5. redrew says: Jan 4, 2016 11:16 AM

    Brought to you by HGH….get that extra edge for the playoffs.

  6. myspaceyourface says: Jan 4, 2016 11:21 AM

    I think you have to give Peyton this opportunity. It is probably his last. He seemed different yesterday in the interview. Maybe he’s come to grips with the idea that if they want to win it has to be a run first type of offense.

  7. davetrembley says: Jan 4, 2016 11:23 AM

    Manning gets credit for leading a comeback and Philip Rivers gets a pass from the media for throwing the game away with a terrible attempt on an open receiver and a horrible interception on an overthrown ball.

    It’s really about the QBs after all.

  8. whyalwaysthehate says: Jan 4, 2016 11:25 AM

    After the game Peyton’s watermelon sized head completely filled my TV screen. It was a monster.

  9. joetoronto says: Jan 4, 2016 11:29 AM

    At the end of the day it really doesn’t matter, because they both stink.

  10. kleppnasty says: Jan 4, 2016 11:29 AM

    Start Peyton at RB, it opens the door to a Run/Pass option every time he gets the ball, and chances are they won’t cover him on a swing route.

    Boom, problem solved…

  11. bartpkelly says: Jan 4, 2016 11:30 AM

    Is Elway influencing a decision at all? I think he would like Manning but he may be hands off.

  12. dohczeppelin says: Jan 4, 2016 11:31 AM

    Has the makings of a fairy tale ending for one of the most prolific quarterbacks to ever play the game.

    Regardless of your stance on Manning, the Broncos, etc. I think it’s safe to say that it would be some legendary football to see an old and battered Peyton Manning come in off the bench to silence those who doubt his ability to continue one last time by winning it all.

    My stance on Manning is he still has the mind and the arm to win, his body is just too old to bounce back from the abuse you sustain during the game. So essentially he is chronically injured. But 6 weeks or so of rest, a media storm of criticism, and an awareness that this is probably his last shot, it could be the perfect storm for Peyton Manning to finally go lights out in the post season and retire in a blaze of glory. What a story book ending that would be.

    I’m not a fan or the Broncos per se but I am a fan of watching good football. Playoffs should be fun to watch this year.

  13. Marshawn Lunch says: Jan 4, 2016 11:32 AM

    “There can be only one.” – Just before someone gets there head chopped off! #Highlander

  14. falsehopenow says: Jan 4, 2016 11:35 AM

    One last hurrah before the FDA investigates HGH distribution across state lines from the Guyer clinic?

  15. mmack66 says: Jan 4, 2016 11:46 AM

    mcjon22 says:
    Jan 4, 2016 11:14 AM

    You don’t have too Gary, we already know who it is.

    And if you can get a matchup with the beat up Steelers defense followed by an injury plagued Patriots team, you might just thread the needle here and get Peyton one last ring before he rides into the sunset.
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    If the Donkeys somehow luck their way to the Super Bowl, they will likely get shellacked again by whomever the NFC opponent is, just like their last appearance.

    And for all of you bozos complaining about Osweiler, there is no way that the Donkeys are even in the playoffs if he hadn’t been the quarterback those last few games.

  16. bullogne says: Jan 4, 2016 11:56 AM

    If money is a factor Osweiler will be starting. Broncos will owe Manning $4 million if he starts in the playoffs and the Broncos win the Super Bowl.
    I’m not convinced Manning will be the starter. Osweiler was getting better each week and can run Kubiak’s entire offence. Manning can be the Don Strock needed if the Broncos need a spark like they did yesterday. It will be more difficult to have Osweiler come off the bench and succeed in my opinion.

  17. nelly837 says: Jan 4, 2016 11:58 AM

    It’s ridiculious that the #1 seed in the AFC is Denver and if anyone thinks they will even get one post season win you are delusional. Denver struggled to win in overtime at home against a team with a backup QB who had started the first game of his career the week before, then they had to come from behind at home again to eek out a win against a team that had a total of 4 wins only when Rivers threw a terrible interception to finish their season. That with Mannings horrendous post season one and done record the Donks season will be over in 2 weeks.

  18. weepingjebus says: Jan 4, 2016 12:03 PM

    I hope it’s Manning. 10 one and dones would be amazing. Just for reference, Dalton only has four of those bad boys.

  19. Unchained81 says: Jan 4, 2016 12:04 PM

    Please start manning. Guaranteed early exit.

  20. STILLlolatpatshaters says: Jan 4, 2016 12:05 PM

    Ashley Manning will start.:)

  21. nflgtcfl says: Jan 4, 2016 12:09 PM

    You have to start Manning. Brock played great in his first few games of his career. But you have to be honest, he had ENTIRE HALVES of stinking up the stadium.

    Maybe Peyton finally gets it. His physical abilities have forced him to change. If he can embrace the run game and limit the long throws then he can not screw things up for the amazing D Denver has.

    I would ride Manning out this year. He has to go next year based on his cap number and limitations, and either be replaced by Brock or someone else.

  22. bencoates57 says: Jan 4, 2016 12:10 PM

    There’s no fairy tale ending here. Without the altitude, this team (providing they make it that far), will get blown out in the SB. After this SB, they’ll have fonder memories of 43-8.

  23. tajuara says: Jan 4, 2016 12:11 PM

    It’s ridiculious that the #1 seed in the AFC is Denver and if anyone thinks they will even get one post season win you are delusional. Denver struggled to win in overtime at home against a team with a backup QB who had started the first game of his career the week before, then they had to come from behind at home again to eek out a win against a team that had a total of 4 wins only when Rivers threw a terrible interception to finish their season. That with Mannings horrendous post season one and done record the Donks season will be over in 2 weeks.

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    Who should be #1 then? A team that got beat by the Dolphins (remember that a week before the Dolphins got beat by clipboard Jesus)? A team that was exposed by Mallet?

  24. tajuara says: Jan 4, 2016 12:12 PM

    Ashley Manning will start.:)

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    Don’t get your hopes up. By the way Brady played yesterday, Giselle would also be a better choice at this point.

  25. unoduotres says: Jan 4, 2016 12:16 PM

    Looks like Peyton’s wife HGH prescription really worked!

  26. briang123 says: Jan 4, 2016 12:22 PM

    I have a better chance of spending this weekend in Vegas with Kate Upton than Brock Osweiler has of starting the playoff game over Manning.

  27. calpatriot says: Jan 4, 2016 12:34 PM

    HGH went to peytons head! (In the nation wide theme.)

  28. lscottman3 says: Jan 4, 2016 12:35 PM

    all i know is that of the four games this weekend, two will end as upsets.

  29. lscottman3 says: Jan 4, 2016 12:36 PM

    briang

    I have a better chance of spending this weekend in Vegas with Kate Upton

    =================================

    nice dream

  30. tonebones says: Jan 4, 2016 12:36 PM

    I’d say Kubiak has done a good job in his first season, leading Denver to the number one seed. I see no need for him to start answering to anyone other than John Elway. Usually the number one seed goes to the team that managed to stay healthy all year long. I don’t hear Kubiak’s name being mentioned in coach of the year talk, but he’s in the top three.

  31. fearthehoody says: Jan 4, 2016 12:38 PM

    I’d go with Peyton Manning* He is probably hitting the peak of his latest HGH cycle.

  32. immafubared says: Jan 4, 2016 12:44 PM

    Kubiak is done. He will be next seasons bust.

  33. mrclaytonbigsby says: Jan 4, 2016 12:48 PM

    Why announce anything? Make the other team spend precious time preparing for both.

  34. kevpft says: Jan 4, 2016 12:50 PM

    Going to be hard for any AFC team to beat the best of the NFC. But Manning winning it all in his last go round would be great viewing. We *should* have had that with Favre several years ago, but he seemed to get trumped by the New Orleans fairy tale that year.

  35. bradygirl12 says: Jan 4, 2016 12:59 PM

    Well.if he starts Manning,he gets a shot at the storybook ending to his career,and maybe the HGH thing goes away for a while…until it doesn’t. He got to be the hero yesterday,and the media pounced all over it. They protect him,unlike Tom Brady. Too many red flags for the HGH story to just go away. We will see….

  36. nords2016 says: Jan 4, 2016 1:02 PM

    Kubiak is right. It took both of them: Manning to clean up Osweiler’s mess.

  37. fearthehoody says: Jan 4, 2016 1:06 PM

    Ari Fleischer to save the Broncos season

  38. bullcharger says: Jan 4, 2016 1:17 PM

    Who ever plays them will have to prepare for both QBs. Mission accomplished.

    Manning will play though. At the level he was at yesterday he is 10 times better then Brock Osweiler is currently.

    I would say that where Manning could have trouble is if Denver can’t run the ball. Then you could see a pick or two from Manning. As long as the full offense at his disposal he is better at getting the offense into the right play then almost any QB. Brock might be better if things get one dimensional and Denver have to force it as the velocity becomes a problem in that situation.

  39. jjackwagon says: Jan 4, 2016 1:19 PM

    Kubes never speaks until Elway moves his fingers.

    BTW Denver lost to the Chiefs & Raiders in Pile High. I don’t see a “home-field advantage”.

  40. TheWizard says: Jan 4, 2016 1:21 PM

    It’s gonna be Brock on a short leash.

  41. TheWizard says: Jan 4, 2016 1:23 PM

    Or, as one poster eloquently said, “The Ostrich”.

  42. Frum Slum says: Jan 4, 2016 1:35 PM

    There’s no need to say anything. Everyone know PM will be starting

  43. sactogary says: Jan 4, 2016 1:51 PM

    Congrats to Brock Osweiler! He just passed Gary Kubiak and Gus Frerotte on the Broncos all-time franchise passing yards list.

  44. billswillnevermove says: Jan 4, 2016 2:02 PM

    STILLlolatpatshaters says:Jan 4, 2016 12:05 PM

    Ashley Manning will start.
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    Yep, even maybe in a game against Tom Crybaby Cheater Shady Brady.

  45. sactogary says: Jan 4, 2016 2:03 PM

    Manning’s career post-season passer rating for the Broncos is 89.1. The franchise leader’s rating (multiple playoff games) is 90.0. This will probably be Peyton’s last chance to catch Tebow.

  46. Mo' Pro Babble says: Jan 4, 2016 2:05 PM

    I guess the Broncos are skidmarks now as well.

  47. mrclaytonbigsby says: Jan 4, 2016 2:07 PM

    This was all scripted. They start Brock with that beyond terrible RT Schofield knowing the offense would struggle. Peyton comes in with a new RT Polumbus and the offense can run and protect the QB better. Peyton saves the day. Nance and Simms never once mentioned that Denver finally benched the worst RT in football.

  48. jkautz11 says: Jan 4, 2016 2:50 PM

    Vs. Bengals = Osweiler
    Vs. Steelers = PM
    Vs. Chiefs = Osweiler
    Vs. Texans = PM

    I’d even make the decision a game-time decision to keep the opponent guessing. Why not

  49. bradygirl12 says: Jan 4, 2016 2:52 PM

    Loved that Phil Simms kept saying there was no situation that would warrant the Broncos putting Peyton Manning in the game. Love it when a know-it-all who talks too much is wrong.

  50. jkautz11 says: Jan 4, 2016 2:53 PM

    Scratch the Bengals, I forgot they’re the 3 seed, so they won’t be playing Denver. My bad!

  51. gwhite13 says: Jan 4, 2016 2:59 PM

    you’ve got the future on one hand and the HGH guy in his last ditch effort for legacy on the other.

    Last night Jim Nance all but anointed the 5for9 peyton as the third coming to the second ring.

    Add in “late information” on all penalty calls and Denver will be in the bowl.

  52. billytodd2013blbaad says: Jan 4, 2016 3:13 PM

    play peyton and send a clear message to brock, this kid will sign somewhere else next season and get a big payday and denver will be without a qb and in the basement for the forseable future all thanks to Manning and Elways ego’s.

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