What about Brock?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! All of the talk recently has rightly been about Peyton Manning. But what about his backup?

In his latest mailbag, Mike Klis says he can't see Brock Osweiler signing a second contract if Manning plays out his own deal, which runs through 2016.

Brock is signed through 2015, and has attempted all of 21 passes in his 2.4 seasons.

When he hits free agency in March 2016, he'll be just 25 years old, and any real NFL experience will have only followed a potential injury to Peyton.

It's conceivable he'll have thrown just 40 or 50 passes by then, and with a sample that teeny, there will be no conclusions to be drawn.

Putting oneself in his shoes, as Klis does, it's difficult to envision Brock wanting to stick around.

Really, though, what will his options be?

No other team is going to hand him a starting job.

And anyone who gives him a chance to compete for one, frankly, would have to have a pretty rough QB situation. Something like the 2014 Texans, where Ryan Fitzpatrick is starting over Tom Savage and Ryan Mallett (New England's last next Tom Brady, before they drafted Jimmy Garoppolo).

Osweiler may have to go compete with the Ryan Fitzpatrick of 2016, wherever that guy is (perhaps playing under Adam Gase, but why would Gase go somewhere without a top QB?).

Those situations don't present themselves very often, and they're also not exactly appealing.

Who knows, maybe Peyton will sign a three-year deal after his current one is over, and this is all moot.

At that point, we'll have yet another referendum on the 2012 drafting of Osweiler, but let's keep in mind that this would be happening with whichever QB Denver had picked.

Had the Broncos drafted Russell Wilson (as my boy TJ wanted them to) or Nick Foles, we would know as much about them as quarterbacks today as we do Osweiler, which is to say pretty much nothing.

Be it Wilson or Foles or Osweiler, Klis would still be getting these mailbag questions, and his responses would still be the same.

But it's far from a foregone conclusion that Brock is gone after 2015, unless of course, the Broncos aren't as fond of him as they've let on (certainly possible).


John Fox warned his players not to publicly complain about the short turnaround of having to play on Sunday night and then again on Thursday.

Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware understand they wouldn't have so many sacks without the work of Denver's defensive tackles.

The Broncos have run the ball far better between LT and RG than outside of those spots, which would explain the switch from Chris Clark to Paul Cornick.

Of course, we'll see how that switch affects Denver's pass blocking.

Cecil Lammey credits the return of Wes Welker from suspension for Demaryius Thomas's ridiculous three-game stretch.

Jeff Legwold thinks the concussion to Omar Bolden could push Cody Latimer to be activated tomorrow.

Wes Welker was mic'd up for Sunday's game; Emmanuel Sanders visited with Vic Lombardi.

Peyton Manning

Obviously, Peyton Manning was named the AFC Offensive POW for Week 7.

Peyton surpassed Brian Griese and Craig Morton on Sunday to become Denver's second all-time leading passer in terms of yardage.

Greg Cosell breaks down three of Peyton's four touchdown passes from Sunday night.

Bryan Frye looks back at the men who have held the all-time touchdown pass record.

Here's another visualization of Peyton's many touchdown passes, and a pretty cool one, at that.

A lucky trio of visitors got to place Manning's recordsetting football on display at the HOF on Tuesday morning.


Andrew Mason considers the perennial challenge of covering Antonio Gates.

Matt Calkins says Richard Marshall had a rough time against KC, just as he's likely to tomorrow night.

Joel Corry expects San Diego to have to pony up $20M per year to extend Rivers this offseason.


Ray Rice filed a grievance against the Ravens over their termination of his contract.

New England signed veteran DE Alan Branch; Tampa Bay DE Da'Quan Bowers was suspended two games for violation of the PED policy.


Andy BenoitChase StuartChris Burke, and Sheil Kapadia offer their impressions from Week 7.

Sam Monson studies Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown, whom he calls the league's best wide receiver; Doug Farrar considers Percy Harvin's future in New Jersey.

Bill Barnwell lists veteran players he could see getting traded before the deadline.

As WP is concerned, Kyle Orton made some gargantuan throws in leading the Bills to their comeback win over Minnesota.

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