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Brock Osweiler hopes to stay among “special group” in Denver

SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07:  Brock Osweiler #17 of the Denver Broncos celebrates after winning Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. The Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-10.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Getty Images

Once Peyton Manning does what feels inevitable, the Broncos will then have to decide how to proceed with backup quarterback Brock Osweiler.

But for his part, the once-and-maybe-future starter said he feels a part of something unique there, and wants to return.

“Every single guy on this team embraced me, and that is something I think they all know how thankful I am for that, but this is the best team in the world and we have a very special group in our locker room,” he said, via Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post.

Osweiler filled in more than acceptably during Manning’s injury/ineffective streak midseason. He was 5-2 as their starter, reasonably in line with expectations on a team that doesn’t ask the quarterback to do too much on his own.

But they think he’s capable of more in the future based on this experience.

“I wish every quarterback in the league could have a chance to learn before being put to the fire test,” Broncos quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp said. “It is not just the game itself to learn about, but how you manage the team as a quarterback. How do you handle the tough questions after a tough loss, how do you look in the locker room after a Monday or a Tuesday after a tough loss to your teammates. That’s such a valuable tool because a young quarterback, say he’s a rookie high draft pick, has to play and they have a tough loss, he’s got no experience to pull from. He has no knowledge on how to manage that situation.”

But Osweiler has that experience now, and the inside track to the starting job there in the future. But first, they have to figure out his contract status. If they can’t get a long-term deal done with Von Miller before the deadline, they’re expected to use the franchise tag on their pass-rush star.

That leaves Osweiler as a free agent, and much like Kirk Cousins in Washington, it’s hard to gauge the market value of someone with a promising but limited resume.

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20 Responses to “Brock Osweiler hopes to stay among “special group” in Denver”
  1. tonebones says: Feb 12, 2016 7:50 AM

    QBs don’t just come into the league fresh out of college and hit their prime right off the bat. It takes a few years and it takes getting on the field. As we witnessed with Cousins in Washington this season, he got better and better as the season went on. Osweiler has a huge upside. Elway knows what he’s doing, so Osweiler isn’t going anywhere. Elway will probably draft a QB in the 2nd or 3rd round to come in and compete. Who knows what can happen. I don’t know if Seattle knew that 3rd round pick Russell Wilson would start from day one. They had just paid for a free agent QB. But you can never have too many good QBs.

  2. bleedgreen says: Feb 12, 2016 8:34 AM

    Why wouldn’t you want to stay there? All he needs to be is better than a broken down old Peyton Manning, and he can win a Super Bowl. He was arguably better than Manning this season already.

  3. 2since96 says: Feb 12, 2016 8:47 AM

    He’s too tall to be a QB.

  4. Kelly's Chronicles says: Feb 12, 2016 8:47 AM

    Oswelier > Cousins.

    Kirk was playing over his head this year which we will see once the next season starts.

  5. bullogne says: Feb 12, 2016 8:57 AM

    I’m convinced he will be a solid starter in the NFL. Three times late in the 4th quarter and OT vs the Bengals he drove the team down to win the game. Gary Kubiak will be able to use the whole offense and will have defenders not sit on short passes as well. With the great Denver defense he can gain on the job training as he gets experience and improves.

  6. thejohnsmith1122 says: Feb 12, 2016 9:09 AM

    “It is not just the game itself to learn about, but how you manage the team as a quarterback. How do you handle the tough questions after a tough loss, how do you look in the locker room after a Monday or a Tuesday after a tough loss to your teammates. That’s such a valuable tool because a young quarterback, say he’s a rookie high draft pick, has to play and they have a tough loss, he’s got no experience to pull from. He has no knowledge on how to manage that situation.”

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    So in other words, Brock is taking a shot at Cam.

  7. bullcharger says: Feb 12, 2016 9:11 AM

    Brock might get scooped. They can’t franchise him even if Miller doesn’t need it. His salary would be too high. Brock would be in high demand elsewhere I would think. Jets, Bills, Browns, Texans, Cowboys, Rams, 49ers.

    Won’t someone make him an offer?

  8. tombradyisgod says: Feb 12, 2016 9:13 AM

    PEDton done in Denver. Debra norvill doesn’t want him back. Brocks team now. Enjoy 6-10 for the next 10 years. Nice job with the salary cap debra

  9. psousa1 says: Feb 12, 2016 9:14 AM

    Imagine if Manning retires as expected and Houston bowls over Osweiller with a deal?

    Denver would be forced to back up the Brink’s truck to match the offer or deal a number one to someone for a QB like a Garrapolo in NE.

  10. tajuara says: Feb 12, 2016 9:38 AM

    He is a solid starter, and if Elway keep the core of the defense Denver will be a legitimate contender next season. Offensively the team just need a stronger OL, and now that Clady will be back that may be a big help.

  11. hilamonster says: Feb 12, 2016 9:42 AM

    What if Elway convinces Manning to stay on with Denver, but as the backup QB to mentor Osweiller?

  12. dapollock69 says: Feb 12, 2016 10:10 AM

    Was he the QB on the field when Denver beat NE in the regular season. If so, that win helped secure home field. Does anyone believe Denver would have went to NE and won there? I don’t. If it was Brock, no matter his stats, he won the game. That is the very definition of battle tested. So even in the small sample of games played, it was in the latter portion of the season when the games truly mattered – other than week 17, he preformed well. And week 17, he wasn’t helped by drops, from what I remember. Compared to what’s out there to replace him or a rookie, you have to keep this guy if you are Denver. So long as no one gives him some cap crushing offer.

  13. fordmandalay says: Feb 12, 2016 10:23 AM

    “What if Elway convinces Manning to stay on with Denver, but as the backup QB to mentor Osweiller?”
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    1: Paycheck Manning would demand $12 million for the year, money that they need for players like Von and Malik.
    2: Try to convince PEDton NOT to demand to start. Just try. And watch the team take sides and break apart.
    3: Because ME-nning has shown SUCH a willingness to mentor Osweiller over the past 3 years.

  14. realityonetwo says: Feb 12, 2016 10:35 AM

    Osweiller is terrible.

  15. mlallian says: Feb 12, 2016 11:12 AM

    “He is a solid starter, and if Elway keep the core of the defense Denver will be a legitimate contender next season. Offensively the team just need a stronger OL, and now that Clady will be back that may be a big help.”

    Great comment, agree 100%

  16. colt13 says: Feb 12, 2016 11:13 AM

    He played at ASU, and Palmer isn’t getting any younger. If the Cardinals don’t bowl him over, I would assume he would stay in Denver.

    Clady gave the line nothing, Thomas had an off year, the running game was inconsistent. Offensive talent around either QB in Denver should be better next year.

  17. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 12, 2016 12:45 PM

    Feed the stork so he doesn’t fly away. Unless he craps everywhere, I suppose.

  18. intrafinesse says: Feb 12, 2016 1:52 PM

    I’m guessing Osweiller stays with Denver on a 1 year 8-10MM try out type deal. Or 8MM, plus some incentives that could put him at 12MM.

    A young QB benefits by being on a good team, rather than a weak one.
    Even if Denver loses some players, they should still have a very good defense. They some good receivers too, just need a better running back. Maybe an OLineman too.

  19. itsthecameenewtonshowcom says: Feb 12, 2016 3:25 PM

    Broncos are very high on Siemian, their rookie third string qb. He has a big time arm, can make every throw, and was considered a steal as a 7th round pick primarily because he ripped his ACL in his last year of college. Don’t know if he is ready yet, but Denver will not be drafting a qb this year unless they don’t keep Brock.

  20. xrodzillax says: Feb 12, 2016 4:06 PM

    Let’s keep Brock, he has proven himself…GO BRONCOS!!!!

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