Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler is slated to make his fifth start after losing his first game last week to the Oakland Raiders.
In Week 15, Osweiler and the Broncos hit the road to take on the red-hot Pittsburgh Steelers. His upcoming performance will surely be viewed under a microscope now that Peyton Manning has returned to practice.
However, Osweiler doesn’t consider this week’s game as an audition to retain his starting job.
“I don’t look at it like that. I’m simply looking at it as it’s another football game,” Osweiler said, via the team’s official website. “I’m just focused on doing my job this week. Whatever happens in the future happens in the future. That really doesn’t pertain to me right now. That’s out of my control. What I can control is my preparation this week for the Steelers, and that’s where my focus is.”
Likely, if the Broncos are successful in beating the Steelers and Osweiler’s offense can actually put some points on the board, then the team would not be in a hurry to rush Manning back.
Though, a loss against Pittsburgh and an underwhelming, low-scoring performance by Osweiler could see the Broncos (10-3) in desperation mode, especially if the Kansas City Chiefs (8-5) win again to move to within one game of the AFC West lead.
Should this occur, then coach Gary Kubiak might swap out young for old under center in Week 16. However, considering Manning’s overall performance this season in his nine starts, a switch at the command post might not necessarily be a good thing.
Nevertheless, the Broncos face a must-win situation with the Chiefs having an easy schedule of opponents throughout the next three games.
If this is the last time Osweiler starts, he certainly doesn’t seem to be sweating it. Staying focused on the task at hand, which is preparing for Pittsburgh, is really all the young quarterback can do. That said, the pressure to succeed, with Manning standing on the sideline, must be immense.