"We'll sit down," Kubiak said after the game. "We'll make a decision that's best for the football team and we'll be counting on everybody to continue to do their part."
Kubiak said he had a "gut feeling" that the team was looking for leadership and a spark against the Chargers Sunday. He said that Osweiler didn't do anything necessarily wrong, a point we mostly agree with.
Osweiler averaged more than 10 yards-per-throw. He was benched after a teammate fumbled. While he had three turnovers in the game, Osweiler's two interceptions came off a dropped pass and a play where he was hit as he threw. Osweiler also lost a fumble when he was sacked from behind on a blind side blitz. Denver's pass protection was a bigger issue than Osweiler.
"I really don't think Brock was having any trouble. He was making good throws," Manning said. "When I was in there we ran the ball better, we held on to the ball better, and we caught the ball better. "
That's all true too. Manning only completed 5-of-9 throws for 69 yards, but the Broncos scored 20 points in the second half of the game. He made some good audibles where he changed a running play to the side away from a blitz. That's what you are going to get with Manning, even if he lacks the downfield throws.
There was a concern that Manning would finish out his career this season without ever taking another snap. Instead, he's suddenly in position to start for the AFC's No. 1 seed. It's hard to imagine Kubiak would deprive us of all the drama of letting Manning try to go out a champion. (If he's going out at all.)