Broncos QB ‘of the Future’ Doesn’t Have Winning Character Of Its Previous Signal Caller
John Elway should stick with selling Toyotas.
When it comes to quarterbacks, the California car dealer is obviously out of gas.
All fall, even as his quarterback pulled the Denver Broncos off the turf and led them into the playoffs, he refused to give Tim Tebow an endorsement. Yet before Brock Osweiler even takes a snap, he tells season ticket holders that Osweiler is the team’s “quarterback of the future.”
Brock Osweiler!? The guy who started just 15 games in college? At loser Arizona State!? Sure he’s 6-7, 242, but Elway obviously can’t see the forest for the trees.
“He’s our guy for the future,” Elway said. “And sometimes we have to sacrifice the short-term for the long-term to grab the guy that you believe can be that next guy for you, and that’s Brock Osweiler.”
Maybe Elway has Brock Osweiler confused with Dieter Brock.
With Brock Osweiler under center, Arizona State was 6-7 in 2011 playing in a weak Pac-12 and was humiliated 56-24 by Boise State in the MACCO bowl. Osweiler’s main contribution was a pick-six from the Boise 1-yard line.
Tebow, on the other hand, won a National Championship at Florida. Well, two actually; he was a backup when the Gators won it all his freshman year. He may not have the mechanics, may not be a pure gunslinging drop-back passer like Elway, but he’s a winner. He wins games, not praise.
Of course, Elway has pressure to deal with long before Osweiler even takes a snap, which even Elway acknowledges is two years away in the NFL. He’s got to deal with Peyton Manning, and if Manning indeed isn’t healthy and can’t play this year, or cannot finish the season, then the Broncos must turn to former Chicago Bears backup Caleb Hanie.
Rather than proclaiming an unproven player with an unspectacular college record the team’s “guy of the future,” Elway is better off saying to people, “Hi, may I interest you in a Prius!?”