The Denver Broncos are going with quarterback Brock Osweiler this week against the Chicago Bears in what is going to be a pretty critical game for the Broncos. It’s not a division game or even a conference game, but the Broncos need a win in a big way to keep pace with other teams in the AFC in their overall record after dropping two games to AFC opponents.
Osweiler talked to the media on Monday and said that he has the full support of his teammates.
“My teammates have been tremendous. Everybody is very supportive. I’ve had multiple guys come up and say, ‘Hey, we’re going to fight for you. We believe in you.’ To have that support from my teammates, that really means a lot.”
The support extends to the ailing Peyton Manning, who just threw four interceptions against the Kansas City Chiefs, bringing his season total up to 17.
“Peyton has been extremely supportive of me. He just said, ‘If you need anything throughout the week, I’m here for you. I support you 100 percent and go get a win in Chicago.’ I’m going to do everything within my power, as well as the rest of my teammates—I know they’re going to want to go out there and get a win for Peyton, as well.”
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Osweiler understands that this opportunity is something that might not last. The Broncos have been clear that Manning will be the team’s starter when healthy, but right now and possibly the foreseeable future, that won’t be the case. Osweiler responded to the question of his excitement for the opportunity.
“First of all, it’s very exciting, but at the same time, Peyton is still our guy. He’s one of the best to ever do it. He’s been extremely supportive of me since day one. He’s taught me so many things, so I’m going to continue to support him. I’m the starter for this week at Chicago, but that’s all it is. We’re focused this week, and then we’ll reevaluate everything next week, but I stand by Peyton and support him 100 percent.”
Another exciting aspect to this game is that Osweiler will be starting his first NFL contest on his 25th birthday. That is both a cool coincidence and a great reminder that he is still a young player with a bright future.
“It is my birthday. You know what, it’s a dream come true. Ever since I was probably six, seven years old, I dreamed about playing quarterback in the National Football League and being a starting quarterback in the National Football League. It’s a dream come true, but this week’s really not about me. Obviously, I think you guys are probably going to talk a lot about it, but in the end, it’s going to take the entire team to go into Chicago. We have to play together. We have to come together. It will be a team deal Sunday in Chicago.”