Tuesday afternoon John Elway said that Brock Osweiler was the Denver Broncos quarterback of the future.
“We are set for the future, and he’s our guy for the future,” Elway said. “Sometimes you have to sacrifice the short term for the long term to draft a guy that you believe can be that next guy for you, and that’s Brock Osweiler.”
In some people’s opinions, Osweiler was selected too early for a quarterback his size. He was taken in the second round (57th overall).
“There haven’t been many quarterbacks that are 6’7″, 240+ pounds that have the athleticism that I do,” Osweiler said. “The way I looked at it is if I continued to progress as a quarterback, get better in my time as a college football player, then hopefully I would have a chance to play in the NFL one day.”
His chance has come and now he has the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.
“It’s a dream come true as a young quarterback to be in the situation that I’m fortunate enough to be in today,” Osweiler said of playing behind Peyton Manning and playing for John Elway.
Osweiler certainly isn’t the first quarterback to come to Denver with a different type of throwing motion. The Broncos just traded Tim Tebow away after determining that he wasn’t going to be quarterback for the future.
Aside from having the Broncos in common, though, Osweiler and Tebow have a coach in common. Both worked with quarterback coach Noel Mazzone in the offseason.
For Osweiler , Mazzone’s main goal was to get the young quarterback to raise his elbow. In college, Osweiler’s elbow would drop below his shoulder which limits velocity, accuracy, and consistency.
John Fox said he was impressed with the changes that Osweiler made in the offseason when rookie mini camp wrapped up.
As for Osweiler, he’s just happy that life has settled a little after the draft.
“It’s been nice knowing where you’re finally going,” Osweiler said. “You’re sitting on pins and needles for three months.”
Now Osweiler will be sitting on leather chairs as he embarks on endless hours of film study with Manning.
It’s a nice trade off.