Vice president of football operations John Elway has been roundly applauded for winning the Peyton Manning sweepstakes last off-season, turning the Denver Broncos into contender overnight with the move.
But there have also been questions as to why, after signing Manning, did the Broncos select quarterback Brock Osweiler rather than address a more pressing need in the second round of the 2012 draft. Osweiler basically sat and watched Manning the whole season, rarely doing anything other than holding a clipboard.
Elway told the Denver Post the move was made to give the Broncos some insurance behind Manning, whose future was still uncertain with a neck injury, and with the belief that Osweiler has the tools to become a franchise quarterback in his own right once Manning is done.
"I know I said after we signed Peyton that we didn't have a plan B, but there was a plan B in Brock," Elway said. "No. 1, we didn't have a backup and No. 2, it wasn't exactly a sure thing with Peyton coming back.
"My thought was, we wanted a guy for the future, No. 1. No. 2, if it didn't work out with Peyton, we could load up with a guy that we liked and who could be the guy for the next 10, 12 years. And No. 3, if Peyton did come back and play like he did, then Brock could get a great education of how things were supposed to be done as a quarterback, what you had to go through, to see one of the best of all time do it."
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