Chris Mortensen reports that Peyton Manning will not be healthy enough to play “anytime soon”. This is not surprising given the nature of the injury.
Everyone in the Broncos hierarchy, from football czar John Elway on down, is committed to giving this offense a chance to thrive under the first-year starter, and Elway and Kubiak — who passed on acquiring Manning when he was head coach in Houston — are strong-willed enough to do what they believe is best for the organization regardless of the political fallout. “They are not going to be bullied into doing anything they don’t want to do, by anyone,” as one team source put it.
many in the organization are wondering how he could handle having to back up Osweiler as a healthy No. 2 quarterback if/when the situation reaches that point. Could this be another situation akin to the Brett Favre/Aaron Rodgers fallout in Green Bay when the youngster finally replaced the veteran? It bears monitoring, if nothing else.
“We know this much — he’s not going to go quietly,” said one source directly aware of the interpersonal politics at play. “He’s going to have to be dealt with.”
I will point out that Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flacco and Mark Sanchez all reached the AFC Championship game in their rookie seasons. I know, “Super Bowl victory is the only goal” but how nice of a building block would it be to make a run like that with Osweiler? It seems more realistic than it did a few days ago.