Denver Broncos: Brock Osweiler’s last stand

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 29: Quarterback Brock Osweiler
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 29: Quarterback Brock Osweiler /

Brock Osweiler spent the last two seasons on a roller coaster being a quarterback for the Denver Broncos, Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns.

After being a significant piece in the 2015 season for the Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos, Brock Osweiler might be making his last stand against the New England Patriots. Osweiler is familiar foe to the Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick.

During the 2015 season with Peyton Manning leading the way, the Broncos struggled at times with the Hall of Famer at quarterback. Gary Kubiak turned to Osweiler as Manning dealt with injuries. The former Arizona State Sun Devil led the Broncos to a 5-2 record in Manning’s absence.

Osweiler sparked the Broncos with decent decision making and clutch drives in his short span as starter. There were times Osweiler failed to move the ball, but he played to the defensive strength. Osweiler limited the turnovers until his final game against the once San Diego Chargers. His performance during the 5-2 stretch earned Osweiler a massive contract from the Houston Texans.

The tailspin started still as a member of the Broncos. Missing the White House visit and ring ceremony irked the entire Broncos Country crowd (I admit I was part of this crowd). It did not look the best for the quarterback and instrumental factor to a Super Bowl visit.

His career with the Texans continued a downward tailspin. The coaching staff made no contact with Osweiler in person prior to signing him. Osweiler signed a very lucrative four-year $72 million deal with $37 million in the first two seasons. Despite the lack of communication between Bill O’Brien and management, the Texans gave Osweiler the keys to their ‘car’.

After numerous flat tires with the Texans, Osweiler’s surprising regression led him to being traded to the Cleveland Browns.

The stint with the Browns was short-lived. Cleveland later released Osweiler after giving the reins to rookie Deshone Kizer. Osweiler had one option to turn his attention to: the Denver Broncos. Trevor Siemian’s health and ineptitude as a quarterback gave Osweiler the chance to come back where it all began.

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Broncos fans certainly do not know what goes on behind closed doors. For Osweiler, the team had no ill-will to him when he left in free agency, or so they say. After all, it is a business and he was going after the best contract possible. If I was in Brock Osweiler’s shoes in 2016 free agency and I saw a four-year $72 million deal staring me at the face with another great defense at my disposal, I would take it too.

Every person deserves a second chance. A second chance to turn the page and rewrite history with the same team he played for and the team he beat in overtime during the 2015 season. Osweiler was the first quarterback to play against the Patriots in his first appearance against the team and win. If Oswelier never made the audible to run the ball with CJ Anderson against the Patriots (overtime, 2015), the Broncos would never achieve home-field advantage and who knows what happens after that.

Osweiler now has the opportunity to rewrite history and start against the Patriots in a Sunday night game. The rest of Broncos Country should rally around Osweiler. After all, this could be his last stand and final starting opportunity.