Denver Broncos GM Joh Elway takes a jab at Brock Osweiler, but he and coach Kubiak can only blame themselves for the QB’s departure
The Denver Broncos lost their potential starting quarterback Brock Osweiler, as he decided he would rather join the Houston Texans than stay with the defending champions. After seeing their potential franchise guy walk out the door, general manager John Elway had some words for the exiting player, and it sounded an awful lot like a man who just ate some sour grapes.
"“We’ve stayed true to our philosophy of building a team with players who want to be Denver Broncos and want to be here. That’s been a successful approach for us,” Elway said via the Broncos team website."
While it seems understandable that Elway was upset to see Osweiler go, the fact is he and head coach Gary Kubiak made this bed they now lie in.
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During this same piece it’s mentioned that Elway believed Brock was leaving as of a week ago because he quit returning calls to the staff and teammates alike. However, anyone who uses any common sense saw the writing on the wall in Week 17.
After Osweiler thoroughly outplayed media darling Peyton Manning, the Broncos staff made a fatal mistake and benched the promising young player in exchange for a man who was a shell of his former self.
How bad was Manning? So bad that with a Super Bowl win on the line, the team elected to run, run and run again. Instead of trusting Manning to throw for a first down which would have sealed the game, they instead trusted their defense.
So, to summarize, the Broncos powers that be decided to upset a second round pick quarterback for a guy they didn’t even trust to throw a single pass with the game on the line.
Denver robbed Osweiler of his chance to be a Super Bowl winning quarterback, because anyone who thinks they would have been worse off with the younger (better) player needs to have their head examined. That would be enough to hurt anyone, and while Brock managed to stay professional, no one could blame him for wanting to exit as soon as he could.
Elway on the other hand hasn’t been so professional. After seeing quarterbacks like Kirk Cousins and Sam Bradford net deals of $18 million or more, Elway came out and said Osweiler wasn’t worth that kind of money. Instead, the general manager said he wanted Osweiler somewhere between $5 million and $15 million per season.
While Elway has done great building a team in Denver, his treatment of Osweiler was appalling. Even worse, is he had the audacity to question the player even afterwards, saying basically that Osweiler didn’t even want to be there so to heck with him.
Well Mr. Elway, the reason Brock didn’t want to be there was because of you and head coach Gary Kubiak. Those two former quarterbacks were so in love with the idea of Manning having an Elway-like walk off that they now set their franchise back several years.
They didn’t bench Osweiler in favor of Peyton Manning, because the Manning that played last season was simply awful. They benched Osweiler for the aura of Manning, and that gigantic mistake has now become a blessing for the Houston Texans.
So while Elway says he doesn’t want Osweiler there, the Texans and their fan base will gladly accept him with open arms. Welcome to Houston Brock, and good luck Denver. Believe us, it’s hard to win without a quarterback, but at least you made sure Peyton got his.