Osweiler Excels, Broncos Appear To Be in Good Hands


Nov 22, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) calls a play during the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Denver won 17-15. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

For the Denver Broncos, winning is a way of life and it appears that as time passes, victory remains a friend of the franchise even with a change of guard at quarterback.

Against the Chicago Bears Sunday, quarterback Brock Osweiler, a 6’8″ native of Kalispell, Mont. braved 29 degree temperatures and a wind chill of 21 to excel, completing 20 of 27 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.

For the most part, the Broncos’ running game seemed to work as well, netting 170 yards on the ground with tailback Ronnie Hillman running for 102 yards himself.

Osweiler’s mobility was apparent from the beginning as in words with the Chicago media Monday, Bears head coach John Fox said it makes it all the more difficult to defend the run when you have a quarterback that can make you defend the edge.

In this way, Osweiler is more of a threat than Peyton Manning is or was under current circumstances particularly. The methodology employed by Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak also has his signal-callers under center which makes it easier to run the ball.

In any event, with the exception of holding onto the ball too long and suffering five sacks, Osweiler really did a great job in all aspects of the game both as a runner and passer.

As has been surmised by veteran Denver sportscaster Ron Zappolo in commentary on KUSA-TV Channel 9, the NBC affiliate in Denver Monday, Osweiler is more effective than Manning at this stage with the weather getting colder and having a sufficiently powerful arm to cut through the elements and make plays in the passing game.

Therefore, it’s hard to criticize Kubiak for his brazenness Monday when he said Osweiler will start against the New England Patriots Sunday night at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Speaking of myself, I was actually uncertain as to how Osweiler would fare against the Bears as Fox and offensive coordinator Adam Gase knew of his proclivities and in so doing, could help the defense out while Bears defensive end Mitch Unrein was one of his teammates in Denver last season.

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Nevertheless, Osweiler gave me no more reason to doubt with his brilliant execution of the game plan and his demeanor after the game was really calm and calculated, two traits an effective quarterback needs, among others.

Thus, as far as I am concerned, the sky is the limit for Osweiler and I look forward to his further progression with the Broncos.