10 Reasons Why Broncos Would Be Stupid Not to Start Brock Osweiler in Playoffs

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Editor's note: Moments after Peyton Manning led the Denver Broncos to a comeback win over the San Diego Chargers, an already brewing quarterback controversy steamed over. The question: Who should start under center for Denver in its first playoff game, slated for Sunday, January 17: Peyton or Brock Osweiler, who won four of six games after taking over in November for an injured Manning? We'll explore both sides of the issue this week. Today, Brian Badzmierowski offers ten reasons why Brock should be the man.

10. He beat Brady
Manning’s career record versus Tom Brady is 5-11. Osweiler beat Brady in overtime this season, proving that he can stand toe-to-toe with Manning’s nemesis.

9. He deserves it
He’s gone 4-3 since taking over the team, but most important, he’s cut down on turnovers. There was no reason to pull him against the Chargers; the Broncos were only down six points, and the turnovers weren't his fault. Before he lost the job to Osweiler, Manning was throwing ducks all over the field and constantly had to be bailed out by the defense.

8. He’s the future
Why not give the future quarterback of your team some playoff reps? The Broncos have offered Manning plenty of chances to bring the Lombardi trophy back to Denver, and he’s squandered them all in embarrassing fashion. How is this year any different? Manning will not suddenly become the missing ingredient to winning a Super Bowl.

7. There is a precedent for this situation
Remember when Drew Bledsoe went down in 2001 and Tom Brady took the league by storm? Patriots coach Bill Belichick never wavered in his dedication to Brady, despite an up-and-down first season. Bledsoe had way more left in the tank than Manning does now, too; he ended up playing for two more teams before retiring. From a pure football standpoint, it doesn’t make sense to start someone because of his legacy. Go with youth.

6. Manning will find a way to lose
It’s his MO, that’s what he does best in the post-season. The higher the stakes, the more mistakes he makes. Whether he’s letting balls sail over his head into the end zone on the first play of the Super Bowl or he’s throwing costly picks at the wrong time, Manning has become an expert at letting Denver down.

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