By: SportsGuyMike Luper – SGM Show
Peyton Manning came to Denver in 2012 as the new starting quarterback and things went well. Since becoming, “The Man” for the Broncos, he has stacked up some impressive numbers & accomplishments. 3 Pro Bowls, an AFC championship, trip to a Super Bowl, & a career season unmatched by any other he’s had. But, the question everybody asks is, will he return this season.
Coach Gary Kubiak this morning, “[Manning] worked really hard this morning conditioning-wise and throwing wise,” Kubiak said after the team’s practice Saturday. “It was good. They were all good workouts this week. He probably worked harder [Saturday] than he did the other two days in all honesty, but it was a good workout.”
Coach Kubiak was asked whether he could say Manning would practice with the team next week, Kubiak said:
“We had a good week. Let’s go from there … It’s just, ‘Let’s go, let’s have a good week, let’s work,’ and that’s what he did. I won’t go beyond that.”
After hearing what Kubiak said, is it enough to speculate we could see Peyton against the Chargers? Definitely not. But, what it does say is that it might not be out of the realm of possibilities.
When I’m asked if Peyton will return, my first thought is, if Brock Osweiler and the Broncos beat the Bengals with their backup, AJ McCarron, I don’t think so. Why? If Brock can guide this offense, along with one of the best defenses in the NFL, to win over the Bengals you can’t sit him to put in a healthy Peyton Manning.
Moving into the playoffs, one of the most important things a team needs is momentum. We all know that. So why would coach Kubiak and the coaching staff be any different. All I’m saying is, if Osweiler is going to be the starting QB moving forward then let him drive the bus all the way.
The other side of the argument is, if Brock and the Broncos lose to the Bengals, then put in a healthy Peyton, so he’ll have a tune up game before moving forward into the playoffs. I’m still not buying that, but I understand it.
The Denver Broncos face the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football at 6:30p on ESPN. I guess more questions will be asked after that game.