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Kubiak didn’t consider benching Peyton, felt receivers were to blame

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 17:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos calls a play in the first quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 17, 2016 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) Getty Images

Although the Broncos’ offense had some long and ineffective stretches during Sunday’s win over the Steelers, coach Gary Kubiak says he never considered benching quarterback Peyton Manning.

Kubiak said today that there was no reason to turn to backup Brock Osweiler, because the real problem the Broncos were having was that the receivers were dropping the ball, not that Manning wasn’t throwing it where it needed to be.

“We were struggling because we couldn’t catch the ball,” Kubiak said.

Kubiak seems to have decided that Manning is his quarterback for the rest of this postseason, and the Broncos are either going to get to the Super Bowl with Manning leading the charge, or they’re going to lose with Manning leading the charge. Kubiak is just hoping that in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, the Broncos don’t have as many dropped passes as they had on Sunday.

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  1. doe22us says: Jan 18, 2016 4:01 PM

    All of a sudden DT has developed hands of stone..

  2. briang123 says: Jan 18, 2016 4:02 PM

    “After Manning caused that fumble and then ran it in for the touchdown, I knew I could never go back to Osweiler. Speaking of Osweiler, how tall is he? The announcers never bring it up.”

    Signed, Coach Kubiak

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 18, 2016 4:03 PM

    Any baseball catcher will tell you knuckleballs are the hardest pitch to catch.

  4. seatownballers says: Jan 18, 2016 4:03 PM

    Patriots are a better team

  5. twelsh36446 says: Jan 18, 2016 4:04 PM

    It’s more like the owner of the franchise is going with Manning and not the HC.

  6. twelsh36446 says: Jan 18, 2016 4:04 PM

    It’s more like the owner of the franchise is going with Manning and not the HC.

  7. firesnyder says: Jan 18, 2016 4:04 PM

    I mean there were some serious ducks flying around the stadium every time the Broncos were on offense. It was weird.

  8. akaodoyle says: Jan 18, 2016 4:05 PM

    I wouldn’t consider benching PFM either. He needs to play next week, in the AFCCG.

  9. coltzfan166 says: Jan 18, 2016 4:05 PM

    You could maybe blame the wind for those dropped passes too. But either way, they’ve gotta play better than that against NE

  10. envybreedsidiocy says: Jan 18, 2016 4:05 PM

    Won’t matter either way.

    Pats win 34 – 17

  11. dbfan4ever says: Jan 18, 2016 4:06 PM

    Patriots have a better offense…Broncos have a better football team. Broncos wins this one at home.

  12. mogogo1 says: Jan 18, 2016 4:07 PM

    First half in particular was painful to watch. Not sure the last time I saw that many dropped passes from so many different receivers. And Manning didn’t seem to be getting a good release into the wind; few passes looked like they were tipped but then on replay you could see it was just a bad release. They’re going to have to do far better than that to have a shot against New England.

  13. laffers says: Jan 18, 2016 4:07 PM

    This was a “no brainer. As long as Manning was breathing, he was the only QB on the roster capable of taking the team through the pressures of the playoffs.

  14. mataug says: Jan 18, 2016 4:08 PM

    Why isn’t anybody talking about the wind factor yesterday ? Does anybody remember the way that punt swerved for the Steelers punter ? Similar wind speeds predicted for Sunday ?

  15. dbfan4ever says: Jan 18, 2016 4:08 PM

    That is because the receivers were to blame. That is obvious to anyone that doesn’t have an anti-Manning bias.

  16. bradyakagod says: Jan 18, 2016 4:08 PM

    That’s because Mannings arm is shot and the balls are coming out like a right handed girl throwing a football left handed.

  17. gwhite13 says: Jan 18, 2016 4:11 PM

    Those wobblie ducks are just what the pats are looking forward to. It was Manning’s throwing that was bad, not the receivers fault at all.

  18. aquibtalibedoutoftheseason says: Jan 18, 2016 4:13 PM

    I will commend the Steelers game plan..I think they are right there with New England, if there is less wind, I see us in a 27-24 win over Patriots

  19. dbfan4ever says: Jan 18, 2016 4:13 PM

    It’s more like the owner of the franchise is going with Manning and not the HC.
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    Unfortunately I don’t think Mr. Bowlen has the capacity to be involved in any ownership decisions as he has a debilitating case of Alzheimer’s!

  20. socalavsfan says: Jan 18, 2016 4:16 PM

    dbfan4ever
    Jan 18, 2016, 1:06 PM PST
    Patriots have a better offense…Broncos have a better football team. Broncos wins this one at home.

    ———————————–

    100 percent nailed it. And I’m loving all of the Bulletin board material the Chowda Times is giving the “no chance in hell” Broncos. Keep trumping up how the Broncos are done at home against a team who has yet to beat them there in the playoffs. And a QB who has a 2-6 record (0-2 playoffs) playin at mile high. Pats slayed the “mighty Chiefs” clearly they have this game already won.

  21. lks311 says: Jan 18, 2016 4:17 PM

    Most negative comments here are from folks not smart enough to understand the game is about more than throws…it’s about calls at the line of scrimmage.

    Only an idiot HC would turn this thing over to a first year starter when Peyton Manning was at, even, 75%…let alone idiot fans.

  22. steelpenguin6687 says: Jan 18, 2016 4:19 PM

    Obviously, Denver, because of the altitude, is a tough place for a road team to have to play…if the Broncos run a hurry up type offense, I can see the Patriots D wearing out in the 4th quarter.

    I don’t know why a lot the Pats’ fans think this one is in the bag…..Sure, Manning is not the QB he once was, but he is a smart player, and a first ballot Hall of Famer…I wouldn’t count him out just yet.

  23. kremis says: Jan 18, 2016 4:22 PM

    Lucky denver was playing the frauds from pittsburgh. The steelers were only in the playoffs because they played teams using theit backup qbs, (some who never even played 5 games) the last six games they played.

  24. it's all bs says: Jan 18, 2016 4:24 PM

    “We were struggling because we couldn’t catch the ball,” Kubiak said.

    he’s absolutely correct!!!

  25. jomo56 says: Jan 18, 2016 4:25 PM

    It’s anticipated this will be a good game because of the qb hype.. Brady Manning, Manning Brady whatever. Pats have good O, Broncos good D. Seesaw back and forth game. Deciding factor as always who wins the turnover stat; other factor bad weather especially “windy” Payton’s arm strength comes into play—lame duck knuckle balls; Brady little to no problem.

  26. 6ball says: Jan 18, 2016 4:30 PM

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    Wind won’t be an issue on Sunday. The forecast calls for near 50° temps with 10 mph winds.
    .

  27. glac1 says: Jan 18, 2016 4:32 PM

    It’s never Pope Mannings’s fault… Receivers are expected to catch all wobbly passes I think it’s a two way street.

  28. unbreakable02215 says: Jan 18, 2016 4:33 PM

    Well they have done the same thing to Osweiler…dropping everything in sight. How come HE doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt ?

    Broncos making B I G mistake going back to Manning. Brock did NOTHING to play his way out of the line up.

  29. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 18, 2016 4:33 PM

    It was flat out bizarre watching that passing game yesterday. Manning threw plenty of darts that were dropped as well as some wounded ducks that were caught. It was…strange.

  30. charliecharger says: Jan 18, 2016 4:34 PM

    If Manning is 65% healthy, he’s playing. If he falls below that line, Osweiler comes in. It’s that simple.

  31. rogerWWEgoodell says: Jan 18, 2016 4:40 PM

    Hey, remember that pass the announcers thought was tipped until they saw it on a replay? Turned out thats just the way it came out of hgh’s hand? Yeah, it’s the receivers, Lord peyton can never be at fault.

  32. infectorman says: Jan 18, 2016 4:40 PM

    The WR’s couldn’t catch those passes because they are all end-over-end throws, not unlike what a punt looks like coming at a punt returner

    Peyton* is horrendous.

    If you guys lose again, you can blame Kubiak, <Manning* is done

  33. sundog05 says: Jan 18, 2016 4:43 PM

    Butler is an over-rated chump. Manning is going to expose him for the fraud that he is.

  34. 2ruefan says: Jan 18, 2016 4:43 PM

    Lots of idiot Peyton Manning hating fans here.

    All these claims about wobbly passes and ducks…

    Not that I saw. True his passes dont have the pace they used to. But I only saw one OBVIOUSLY bad pass that would have been an interception if not for the rexeiver turning sb to knock it away.

    I DID see no leas than 4 drops of passes that would have been first downs or big gainers.

    People really need to WATCH games instead of juat reading a score or stat aheet before they blather on….

  35. kevpft says: Jan 18, 2016 4:43 PM

    Apart from Brady, this weekend saw a lot of dubious QB play. Can’t recall a weekend where I’ve seen more overthrows.

  36. truthfactory says: Jan 18, 2016 4:43 PM

    Um, newsflash to anyone watching football for the first time yesterday… Manning has been throwing ducks his entire career.

    Call it like it was, professional football players that are paid millions of dollars to catch balls, even if they are “ducks”.

    I remember when Welker had 1 drop in a Superbowl a few years ago, everyone gave Brady a pass… But people are “making excuses” for Manning when his WR’s had 7 drops. Riiiight.

    Manning played better than his Wr’s yesterday. Thats a fact. Who knows what next week will hold, but yesterday his WR’s let him down. Call a spade a spade.

  37. davemc617 says: Jan 18, 2016 4:47 PM

    “Pats slayed the “mighty Chiefs” clearly they have this game already won.”

    Yeah, and that win over the Steelers was SUPER impressive. I mean, look at all the TDs they scored on them with excellent starting field position….. oh wait.

    That one whole TD against the vaunted Steelers D has NE shaking in their boots. I mean, it’s not like the best WR in the league was out, Ben was banged up, and they were on their 3rd RB , which is the entire reason the late fumble occurred, giving the Broncos the chance to take the lead…

  38. pauldeba says: Jan 18, 2016 4:47 PM

    The key to Patriots victory is to not injure Manning. They can’t afford to have Manning on the sidelines.

  39. dd36 says: Jan 18, 2016 4:52 PM

    It’s a contagious disease brought to you by Vernon Davis.

  40. infectorman says: Jan 18, 2016 4:52 PM

    Kubiak said this so Peyton* wouldn’t and alienate his entire receiving squad.

    Kinda like he did to his Colts O-line when he went on record as saying we “had protection problems” about 10 years ago.

  41. luvpeytonmanning says: Jan 18, 2016 5:02 PM

    Everyone forgets that the Broncos have the number one defense so the talking heads should stop saying that the Broncos do not stand a chance.

  42. mmack66 says: Jan 18, 2016 5:07 PM

    The receivers are likely used to catching passes that have some velocity to them, and not the slow, lazy passes like Manning was throwing.

    And I did watch the game.

  43. moonriver22 says: Jan 18, 2016 5:08 PM

    Kubiak should have benched HIMSELF. He’s starting the wrong RB, the playcalling on offense was atrocious, and game management was awful. I was actually at this game and Ben had some errant throws, too. That wind was awful for almost the whole game.

    Manning looked fine, especially considering the above and also EIGHT drops. Even Tom Brady wouldn’t have looked like an HOF’er under these circumstances.

  44. boogerhut says: Jan 18, 2016 5:08 PM

    envybreedsidiocy says:
    Jan 18, 2016 4:05 PM
    Won’t matter either way.

    Pats win 34 – 17

    Brady is 0-2 against teams lead by Peyton on the road. Brady is 2-6 at Denver since 2001. Not quite the slam dunk gimme that the homer fans think it is. If you think that Tommy doesn’t believe that this will be the hardest game of the year then you’re just fooling yourself and know nothing about football. No run game, on the road, at Mile High, with a beat up o-line? Tommy knows what’s coming and knows that it’s going to be the toughest game of the year for him. And he’ll lose. Again.

  45. reprob8 says: Jan 18, 2016 5:11 PM

    The folks who are solely blaming Manning need to ask whether coaches would expect those passes to be caught in training camp.

    They don’t care if it’s floating like it’s in a swimming pool, if they can touch it, coaches expect it to be caught!

  46. joetoronto says: Jan 18, 2016 5:16 PM

    We all saw duck after duck yesterday from Phghton Manning, how some of you come on here and deny it is pathetic.

    Pretty much every pass wobbled and died on the way to the receiver.

    He’s done and so are the Mules.

  47. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 18, 2016 5:27 PM

    No Pats fan with a clue thinks the Donks “don’t stand a chance”.

    Both teams are very good. Both teams have had injuries. Both offenses are good, both defenses are good. Don’t know about the Bronco’s special teams, the Pats’ unusually have had few problems this year covering returns.

    Brady is is probably in better shape and playing better than Manning, Manning get the home crowd and altitude advantage.

    Sounds like its going to be a close game coming down to the final seconds to me. I am hopeful the Pats will win but there’s a reason the games are played.

  48. rpreisch says: Jan 18, 2016 5:36 PM

    THANK GOD they left him in, the Patriots need Manning in there to win. He cant throw deep, barely 15 yards so run blitz.

  49. sidelinecameraman says: Jan 18, 2016 5:43 PM

    No game is ever in the bag. The Patriots chances depend on having a 2 score lead going into the 4th. If the have that and establish the run they can milk the clock it’s all she wrote. If the Pats D is on the field more than half the game it’ll be over. It’s not earth shattering analysis on my part but it’s going to come down to time of possession. I honestly think the Pats have been waiting to (attempt to) showcase the run.

  50. battmanri says: Jan 18, 2016 5:53 PM

    I hope Kubiak decides to leave him in the whole game on Sunday. Then I can book a flight to California by 6:30pmET for Pats vs. Carolina on February 7th.

  51. immafubared says: Jan 18, 2016 5:55 PM

    He is right about the drop sies but a lot of those passes were week armed and barely got there. If if wasnt for toussant, they would have lost

  52. plum54 says: Jan 18, 2016 6:07 PM

    The team that lost to Denver last year is not the same one they will face Sunday. They are healthy now. The deciding factor will be the refs. No way does Goodell want the Pats back to the super bowl.
    Manning got a pass on HGH sent to his home, got a pass on giving himself up last game.

  53. moverb says: Jan 18, 2016 6:11 PM

    Hey, let’s just remember – Brady’s wife pointed out you can’t throw them and catch them too….Whoops, sorry, I almost forgot – Patsnation are legends in their own minds.

    Go Broncs!

  54. coffeedrunk says: Jan 18, 2016 6:15 PM

    I noticed Peyton has spent a lot of time in the huddle this game and this year. As a long time Colt fan, I’m not sure that’s the best way to utilize his talents especially in the Denver thin air.

  55. toybkshr says: Jan 18, 2016 6:27 PM

    There are 3 truisms here: Peyton def does not have the velocity or accuracy he once did. But, you can’t go to Brockweiler now.

    The receivers hands def turned to stone, so some of those balls (I thot I heard “Afflac” a couple times) should have been caught.

    If they play the same way against the Pats as they did against Pitt they will get smoked.

  56. enoughofthatalready says: Jan 18, 2016 6:29 PM

    kremis says:
    Jan 18, 2016 4:22 PM
    Lucky denver was playing the frauds from pittsburgh. The steelers were only in the playoffs because they played teams using theit backup qbs, (some who never even played 5 games) the last six games they played.

    Well, the Bengals and Broncos won their respective divisions with backup Qbs. Steelers were in the playoffs despite playing the whole season without their all pro center, 3/4 of the season without their all world rb and best tackle, 5 games without their starting QB, they won games with their 4th QB, went through 4 kickers……..far from frauds

  57. lanman11 says: Jan 18, 2016 6:32 PM

    And that lawsuit is about the collective bargaining agreement. It has nothing to do with football air pressure. If it did, they’d be analyzing the effect of altitude on footballs this weekend.

  58. lanman11 says: Jan 18, 2016 6:36 PM

    Denver has caught all the breaks this year. Coincidence?

    Manning was clearly giving himself up on that play where he went down untouched. Just look at how he turned his footoutward to slide. Now he is lying about it.

    I expect more favorable treatment Sunday from the refs.

    If Manning makes it to the Super Bowl, Denver will get blown out. Again.

  59. Mo Pro Babble says: Jan 18, 2016 6:41 PM

    Jan 18, 2016 4:05 PM
    Won’t matter either way.

    Pats win 34 – 17

    Brady is 0-2 against teams lead by Peyton on the road. Brady is 2-6 at Denver since 2001. Not quite the slam dunk gimme that the homer fans think it is. If you think that Tommy doesn’t believe that this will be the hardest game of the year then you’re just fooling yourself and know nothing about football. No run game, on the road, at Mile High, with a beat up o-line? Tommy knows what’s coming and knows that it’s going to be the toughest game of the year for him. And he’ll lose. Again

    Agreed Brady’s record is poor under the conditions you state but none of that matters. Those games are over and many of those guys are out of football.

    The records, the whole Brady vs Manning thing is not only hype, it’s wrong. More accurate to say Manning V BB. Bu this is NE, PM, TB in CO, expect weird stuff.

  60. Mo Pro Babble says: Jan 18, 2016 6:46 PM

    So who knows anything about the refs forgetting the K balls and gauges in the hotel in NE this weekend?

    For such an important game that seems strange.

  61. mmack66 says: Jan 18, 2016 7:24 PM

    moverb says:
    Jan 18, 2016 6:11 PM

    Hey, let’s just remember – Brady’s wife pointed out you can’t throw them and catch them too….Whoops, sorry, I almost forgot – Patsnation are legends in their own minds.

    Go Broncs!
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    Well, the Donkeys can’t seem to do either, so she was half right.

  62. mmack66 says: Jan 18, 2016 7:30 PM

    Mo Pro Babble says:
    Jan 18, 2016 6:46 PM

    So who knows anything about the refs forgetting the K balls and gauges in the hotel in NE this weekend?

    For such an important game that seems strange.
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    Nothing that the league messes up seems strange after the “Great Framegate* Fiasco of 2015/2016.”

    Seems like by now, someone from the league or ESPN would have leaked it as an example of the Patriots cheating, though.

  63. senatorblutarsky says: Jan 18, 2016 7:33 PM

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I know old ladies that can throw a football better than manning can. The Broncos are lucky they beat the Stealers. If the Broncos persist with him, get ready to lose the next game.

  64. patsfan1820 says: Jan 18, 2016 7:37 PM

    The matchup is really Patriots offense vs. Denver’s defense and I don’t see any Patriots fans on here other than a few trolls saying that this game is in the bag. This will be the toughest game the Patriots have played all year. That Denver defense with Von Miller, Ware, Smith, Talib, and Chris Harris Jr is the best in football despite what I said about them holding a lot. All Peyton Manning has to do is manage the game and not turn the ball over. I just hope that it will be a clean game with nobody getting hurt with the best team winning the game.

  65. atwaterslaughter says: Jan 18, 2016 8:03 PM

    Here’s the issue…not Manning, not Oz but WADE PHILLIPS. If he does not figure out a way to stop Julian Edelman, Horses have no shot. For all the praise the D gets up in Mile High, how come our linebackers and safeties cannot cover anybody? All that speed and still can’t get it right? Phillips has a bad record against the Hoodie. He needs to adjust his scheme accordingly and GET PRESSURE ON BRADY AT ALL COSTS or it is going to be a long day. Go Broncos.

  66. lanman11 says: Jan 18, 2016 8:05 PM

    Corporate America is heavily invested in Manning and the NFL, as are major sports news outlets dependent on their providing content for publication. Why do you think the Manning HGH issue has been completely silenced? Don’t think for one minute that if the game is relatively close, that there won’t be phantom PI and holding calls, non calls, or calling what was previously ignored, in order to further this cause. It happened in the first game when the pats opened the door with the muffed punt. They will need to play well, and keep their wits about them and not let the unexpected get them into a negative mindset. There will be troubles. Just keep laying straw on the camel’s back.

  67. lanman11 says: Jan 18, 2016 8:05 PM

    I don’t think Kubiak blamed the receivers when Osweiller was benched. This all has a funny smell to it.

  68. smasonsmith says: Jan 18, 2016 8:37 PM

    That is because the receivers were to blame. That is obvious to anyone that doesn’t have an anti-Manning bias.
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    All of them developed stone hands at the same time?

    It’s Manning. He’s throwing ducks. They wobble and flutter, making them hard to catch. They’re slow which gives the defense time to react and break up the play or blow up the receiver.

  69. mellimac says: Jan 18, 2016 8:46 PM

    It isn’t Denver defense vs NE Offense…For NE, it is keeping NE Defense off the field as much as possible. NE was sucking rare air last time they met in the 4th Q. Need to keep the D fresh, all game long. Manning should milk the clock on drives as much as he can. Home field advantage is the 5280ft they are playing at.

    No game is a gimme…while Denver played a ho-hum game, it doesn’t matter. It is the next game that matters.

  70. jagsfanugh says: Jan 18, 2016 9:15 PM

    I am not a fan of either team but Pats will win this if Manning plays. Anyone watching the game should see how much he struggles throwing the ball.

  71. capegolfer says: Jan 18, 2016 9:46 PM

    How do you know what a great players career is over? When he’s linked to HGH and no one cares.

  72. mototax says: Jan 18, 2016 9:53 PM

    It’s Manning. He’s throwing ducks. They wobble and flutter, making them hard to catch. They’re slow which gives the defense time to react and break up the play or blow up the receiver.
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    Huh? Those balls were hitting the receivers’ hands, some getting to their chests. The defense didn’t play those, the receivers just dropped them. Manning did his job yesterday.

    Now if you want to dispute all those “run right” plays Kubiak called, I’m with you.

  73. squared80 says: Jan 18, 2016 10:25 PM

    I haven’t seen any Denver games this year, but that WR core looked brutal. Dropped every other pass that came to them. Osweiler wouldn’t have fixed that.

  74. cinzano08 says: Jan 18, 2016 10:42 PM

    Hgh you work so good

  75. rollotomasi14 says: Jan 18, 2016 11:03 PM

    Typical, nothing is ever Manning’s fault

  76. august589 says: Jan 19, 2016 12:32 AM

    Kubiak is exactly right. The Broncos receivers dropped more passes Sunday than I had seen them drop in one game all season. Hopefully, they have that out their system because, if the Broncos play this Sunday like they played last Sunday, their season will come to an end at the hands of the Patriots.

  77. tedvez says: Jan 19, 2016 2:37 AM

    And why was it not the receivers fault against the Chargers when they were fumbling and having balls bounce off their hands for int’s thus leading to Brock getting benched??

    Some people seem to forget the pathetic play on offence for 90% of the game, leading to the boo birds coming out in a home playoff game..
    It’s sad being a Broncos fan knowing that you don’t have a chance to win the Superbowl with the qb we are playing, and we would have a great chance with the qb not being played.

  78. thegenghiskahn88 says: Jan 19, 2016 2:51 AM

    They were dropping them when Brock was in too…. Didn’t call the WRs out then too though. .

  79. ohand16 says: Jan 19, 2016 4:08 AM

    The Broncos had ineffective stretches during the game because the Steelers played their best and smartest defensive game of the year, until the fumble.

  80. lagg1 says: Jan 19, 2016 4:13 AM

    I am not a Denver fan however I would very much like to see Peyton get another ring before he retires a la Ray Lewis.

  81. selfpromotingqb says: Jan 19, 2016 5:31 AM

    Manning hires Ari Fleisher for damage control and the Packers hired Ari Fleisher to damage Favre.

  82. cross300 says: Jan 19, 2016 8:09 AM

    Couldn’t be Peytons fault. I’m sure they will find someone other than Peyton to blame after the loss on Sunday. Regardless a loss is a loss. Pats 30 Broncos 14.

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