Kubiak non-committal about starting quarterback

AP

In his first career start (did you hear it was his 25th birthday?), Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler looked the part, completing 20 of 27 passes for 250 yards, two touchdowns, and (perhaps most importantly) no turnovers.

So Osweiler will play again with the Patriots coming to town next Sunday night, right? After the win, coach Gary Kubiak wouldn’t commit to a starter for Week 12.

“I knew that was coming,” Kubiak said when asked about the situation by reporters. “Here’s the deal: We got healthier here today. We’ve got some guys on this team that we’re trying to get healthy, so that’s important. And we won our eighth game. So we’re going to focus on winning today and enjoy winning and we’ll go back to work next week.”

Still, other things Kubiak said made it clear he’ll have a hard time putting Osweiler back on the bench, especially only two weeks after a 0.0 disaster from Peyton Manning.

“He can do everything,” Kubiak said of Osweiler. “He’s a very composed young man and the more he plays, I think, the better he’s going to get. We [bootlegged] a little bit, not a lot. They were up the field quite a bit but the threat of us doing that, I think, helped us run the ball a little bit. He’s a sharp young man. He has a lot of confidence in himself and he should obviously gain some more through this experience.”

Last week, Kubiak said Manning will play when he’s healthy. The definition of that term surely will hinge in large part on whether Osweiler continues to play like he did on Sunday in Chicago. And a win on Sunday night against the Patriots could ensure that Peyton may, in the estimation of Kubiak, never be healthy again.

56 responses to “Kubiak non-committal about starting quarterback

  1. It’s sad that it seems to have ended like it has; but unless Brock gets hurt I can’t see how Manning gets near the field again

  2. Kubiak’s puppet has arrived. Mr Manning will NOT see another down in a real game w the Broncos…and sadly there is nothing mr Elway can do about it, because for the team, its the right thing to do…Broncos out in 1st playoff game, count on that.

  3. i am a pats fan….oh please start gump…..brady has beaten him like 20X or something crazy like that…..please let gump start……that will be an easy W

  4. During this past off-season, football genius John Elway was trying to give Osweiler away for a middle round draft pick.

    Wonder what those NFl QB poor teams are now kicking themselves with over refusing Elway’s almost freebie offer?

  5. No way you bench Peyton for Brock O. this year. Maybe next year, but the young kid is not ready for the big time and no way an unproven guy should ever replace a legend when Denver is on top of their division.

  6. It’s one game, against the Bears, conservative offense against a defense that didn’t know what to expect. He will get destroyed against Pats and all you donkey fans will be begging for Payton to get healthy.

    The loyalty by Denver fans is a disgrace.

  7. Peyton Manning is NFL royalty as one of the greatest ever. While Osweiler did well for the Broncos today, he will never be elite. Warning to Kubiak – Don’t tug on Superman’s cape or say something unsupportive of a Manning. There are consequences.

  8. Young QB with mobility and arm strength and team first mentality vs broken down statue with used up body no arm strength and me first attitude. The choice shouldn’t be too tough unless your looking for a built-in excuse for another loss.

  9. Kubiak wants to keep Belichick guessing. Can’t blame him, but the Patriots will be ready for either and focus on stopping the run first. It will be important to get Collins back, but if this infection is anything like what Rufus Johnson had, he could be out for a while longer.

  10. truths4all says:
    Nov 22, 2015 8:00 PM
    During this past off-season, football genius John Elway was trying to give Osweiler away for a middle round draft pick.

    Wonder what those NFl QB poor teams are now kicking themselves with over refusing Elway’s almost freebie offer?

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    No. That was Manning. He tried to trade Manning, but they renegotiated and Manning had a no trade Claus added to the amended contract.

  11. Osweiler isn’t good. At least not yet. It’s not hard to play well against the Bears. Let’s wait before crowning this man the GOAT or anything weird.

  12. Hey Rump rangersco
    Your whole cheating franchise is a disgrace! No matter what happens there will always be the shadow of dishonesty surrounding the New England Brady’s… deal with it, Troll

  13. Man if Brock Osweiler takes the Patriots to Touchdown city it will be crazy. But then again we will see Peyton attempt one more season to try to get that pesky 2nd ring on another team.

  14. Rangersco, your loyalty to Peyton over your team is a disgrace. Peyton has been a liability to the team all season. Brock gives the Broncos a better chance to win week to week. Peyton is done. You Peyton fanboys are pathetic.

  15. If Manning is healed up enough he starts I think. He’s got too much history with the Pats to sit that one out.

    Of course if he starts throwing quackers like he did the last game….if the Pats get an early int or 2 then he gets pulled.

  16. Lucky for Kubiak, he won’t be the one making the decision. Osweiler is going to be a really good QB, and Trevor Siemian could step in and play at a high level too. Elway and his personnel staff have no problem finding blue chip QBs, even when everyone else passes them up.

  17. Brock looked good for his first game. He made no mistakes.

    He needs more experience and more confidence. He’s not going to get that if you keep pulling him out for Peyton.

  18. kensilisacrook says:
    Nov 22, 2015 7:58 PM
    Maybe slow the hype train. He beat the Bears. NE is not Chicago. Lol!
    ========

    I guess you had that comment holstered and ready to go and were determined to post it regardless of the fact that nothing in the article or any of the comments above yours “hyped” Osweiler at all.

    All the article said was that it will be hard to bench him if he keeps winning.

  19. Manning will be begging Kubiak to play vs Pats. If Kubiak goes with Osweiler and they win, Manning never starts for the Broncos again. If Manning plays and puts up another KC type performance he will never start for the Broncos again.

  20. Regardless of how Osweiler did today, short of getting injured, it was unlikely Manning was going to be the starter against NE with only one game off to heal up. He would have been meat on the table for that D. It’s a damn shame it may end like this, I think everyone wanted at least one more Manning/Brady duel

  21. Brock was fortunate to premiere against a Bears team playing 3rd string WRs due to injuries and a talent challenged, marshmallow soft pass defense. Kudos to him for a solid debut but if you had put him on the Bears and Cutler on the Broncos, the Broncs still would have won. Kubiak and Fox are both solid coaches but today it came down to talent.

  22. Denver will smoke NE. Destroy them. Brady might be able to carry a WR corps and RB stable full of street vets against normal secondaries and/or against normal pass rushes and/or ordinary LB groups, but he hasn’t faced the trifecta, at a mile high, against 76,000 people who hate schister cheaters who never seem to get what is coming to them or what they deserve.

    Next Sunday, the bell will toll, and the P*triot chariot will start it’s transformation to the pumpkin it really is. By time the properly exposed Pats stumble into their first round playoff exit, nobody will even remember that that collection of smoke and mirrors was inexplicably considered special just a few weeks earlier.

    It’ll be sweet.

  23. Can we put to rest the talk of Kubiak being the reason for Manning’s problems this year? Manning has been a turnover machine this year, Osweiler in one start had a clean sheet. Manning will belong on the Mount Rushmore of all-time QB’s but now he’s 39 and well past his prime.

  24. Does Manning have the foot injury they claimed, or not?

    If so, he is out for the season, and his career is likely over.

    If not, it sounds like cheating as usual in Denver.

  25. Come on Kubes…..man up. This was the first week of the season a Bronco QB hasn’t thrown an interception.

    Manning threw multiple picks 5 out of 8 weeks he was playing. We all know who should start from here on out.

  26. tonebones says:
    Lucky for Kubiak, he won’t be the one making the decision. Osweiler is going to be a really good QB, and Trevor Siemian could step in and play at a high level too. Elway and his personnel staff have no problem finding blue chip QBs, even when everyone else passes them up.
    __________________

    Trevor Siemian could step in and play at a high level? He of the 550/934 for 5934 yds 27 td/24 int NCAA career is ready to step in and play at a high level?? So what your saying is Denver has a potential QB controversy just not the one we are looking at? ROFL

  27. He knows exactly who’s going to be the QB next week and most likely for the season and it’s not Peyton Manning.

    Manning is all done in Denver unless Osweiler gets hurt or throws 4 INT’s in a half. The most expensive backup QB in history was Drew Bledsoe but now it’s Peyton Manning.

  28. Haven’t these reporters been around the game long enough to know that coaches don’t make decisions on the next game personnel immediately after a game during the press conference? But they all act like “they have to ask that question”.

  29. scrotiemcb says:
    Nov 22, 2015 9:07 PM

    Denver will smoke NE. Destroy them. Brady might be able to carry a WR corps and RB stable full of street vets against normal secondaries and/or against normal pass rushes and/or ordinary LB groups, but he hasn’t faced the trifecta, at a mile high, against 76,000 people who hate schister cheaters who never seem to get what is coming to them or what they deserve.

    Next Sunday, the bell will toll, and the P*triot chariot will start it’s transformation to the pumpkin it really is. By time the properly exposed Pats stumble into their first round playoff exit, nobody will even remember that that collection of smoke and mirrors was inexplicably considered special just a few weeks earlier.

    It’ll be sweet.
    ———————————

    Lawl. Denver got taken to overtime by the worst team in the NFL, and they barely beat the Bears.

    They certainly aren’t going to destroy a good team.

  30. Plantar fascia injuries can drag on for weeks and months. It could easily be February before Manning can put weight on it getting out of bed in the morning without pain; but he’s a football player, not a twinkie. If he can practice this week, they’ll evaluate whether they think he’s healthy enough to go or not and they’ll probably be very conservative about that decision, especially this week, but put him back out against S.D. where it’ll be warm – give him a chance to redeem himself. As a future hall-of-famer he should get another shot to avoid going out on a complete embarrassment.

  31. scrotiemcb says:
    Denver will smoke NE. Destroy them. Brady might be able to carry a WR corps and RB stable full of street vets against normal secondaries and/or against normal pass rushes and/or ordinary LB groups, but he hasn’t faced the trifecta, at a mile high, against 76,000 people who hate schister cheaters who never seem to get what is coming to them or what they deserve.
    ______________________

    This coming from a fan of an organization that cheated the salary cap to win it’s only 2 Super Bowl that has a GM that was one of the players involved. Or how about Brian Habib, Gary Zimmerman and Mark Schlereth who were fined for applying Vaseline on their arms during their 1998 AFC divisional playoff victory over KC. Or the Broncos leading the league in PED violation to the point they make Seattle look like choirboys?

    People in glass houses shouldn’t throw cinder blocks. How about we leave that BS for lesser organizations and have a week where football fans can enjoy the buildup to a big game with actual football posts?

  32. Maybe everyone should just relax a little bit. The Broncos scored 17 points against the 24th best scoring d in the NFL. For context, if you allow 17 points as a defense, that puts you squarely between the 1st and 2nd ranked scoring defenses in the NFL. Everyone take a deep breath.

    You could see the writing on the walls before this game. The media wants the qb controversy narrative to continue. It didn’t matter how well the offense did, this was going to be the story line. in all honesty, Brock looked good, and did everything a backup qB is supposed to do. Run the offense and don’t turn it over. But 17 points, including 7 on a wide open busted coverage 50 yard TD pass is hardly anything to write home about. If they lost 35-17 the offense’s performance wouldn’t seem so great. And if Peyton had played and they scored 17 points would anyone be talking about how good the offense looked? Btw, He also got 170 yards of rushing offense to help him out.

    If Peyton is healthy, there’s no question who should play. Remember it was just 3 weeks ago he tore up a previously very good packers d. Everyone was ready to declare him back and better than ever…and he did look really good. Clearly injuries are the issue. But if he’s healthy he gives them the best chance without a doubt. The question will be how healthy is he?

  33. Who said I was a pats fan, definitely not and certainly not a Donkey’s fan.

    Peyton is a class act and deserves better than the comments out there.

    We shall see next week won’t we dodgerlakerloser and listen up.

    Kubiak is not a good coach for Manning or really anybody.

    Today’s outcome proved nothing.

  34. After what a mediocre Flacco in a Kubiak’s system did to us in the playoffs last year, I am not looking forward to playing a similar QB in Oswelleir. We had a better defense too last year and Flacco and Kubiak had their way with it.

  35. Kubiak and Elway set Peyton up to fail that was there way of moving on without releasing him and upsetting the fans.

  36. It’s to Kubiak’s advantage to keep his decision to himself until kick-off.

    In the back of his mind he’s dealing with throwing Osweiler out there against a veteran coached Patriots team. Osweiler will go out feeling a little ‘too’ confident (after beating the Bears) and make mistakes against an under-rated Patriots defense.

    Not an easy decision. Won’t be the same not facing Peyton.

    Brady beats another ‘vaunted’ defense!

  37. Of course Denver should try their best not to let the Patriots know who will start so the Patriots have to prepare for both QBs. That’s standard operating procedure. The Patriots will prepare for both anyway, so it doesn’t matter too much.

    I’d be shocked if Peyton played only because Osweiler played well and Peyton really does have to get healthy if he has a hope of helping the team late in the season.

    Also, if Kubiak lets Peyton play and he throws 4 picks or something it would be a huge disaster. If he lets Osweiler play and he sucks, it would be seen like Kubiak had no choice. Osweiler is a safer choice for Kubiak in this one.

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