We all understand that Peyton Manning has only a few short years left in the NFL. The Denver Broncos must be prepared for life after Manning when he decides to hang up the cleats. Once that happens, though, there is a quarterback ready to take on the task.
Brock Osweiler is about to enter his third season in the league in 2014 and has not seen a whole lot of snaps in the regular season, but has looked solid in 2013 when he took over. Despite the fact that he only played in two real games during that season against the Philadelphia Eagles and Oakland Raiders, he looked really solid, especially in the season finale against the Raiders. Even though the Broncos only scored three points in the second half, Osweiler showed quite a bit of promise.
While Osweiler waits until he can get a chance to prove himself, he has stated that he will be ready in case he is called upon in 2014. He has also stated that he is comfortable with the offense that the Broncos’ coaches have put together, which speaks volumes about how well the team is preparing him for when he hopefully becomes the next franchise quarterback. Adding on to the fact that he has the abilities to watch game tape and to learn from his mistakes that he makes, he should become a very solid player once it all begins.
Seeing Osweiler improving in practice as well as learning under Manning, his position reminds me a lot about the situation Aaron Rodgers was in with the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers learned under Brett Favre for three years until he “retired” and then took over as the starter and won a Super Bowl in 2011.
Do I believe that Osweiler could follow in the same footsteps as Rodgers did in Green Bay? I honestly believe so. He has a great work ethic and has shown that even though that there are times that he has struggled in practices, he can rebound and become even better. This was seen during minicamp last week when he was able to hit his receivers deep. Even though it may seem that Osweiler will have to wait just a little bit longer than Rodgers, it does look like he will be ready when the call is made.
John Fox has stated that Osweiler is improving and looked great during the first months of summer. It appears that all the work that he has put into learning what he needs to know, plus how well the Broncos’ coaching staff has prepared him so far, has been paying off. It is too soon to tell, but I believe Osweiler has a bright future ahead of him because he has so much potential as a quarterback in the league. Maybe one day he will hoist the Lombardi Trophy as the starting quarterback for the Broncos. But only time will tell.