Shocking development at the start of NFL free agency yesterday when the Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos, lost quarterback Brock Osweiler to the Houston Texans, after already losing Peyton Manning to retirement. So not only do they have to replace one q.b., they have to replace two. Absolutely shocking development, right? Not really.
Not if you’ve paying to attention to John Elway since he returned to Denver to run that team. Because he’s running it like a mob boss.
Houston offered Osweiler 4 years, $72M, 37 guaranteed. And I guarantee Elway thought to himself, great. Take it. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out because we’re not paying a guy $18 mill per year who has started 7 games in the NFL; not a team that just won the Super Bowl and did it with very average Q.B. play. And especially, according to Elway, not for a guy who really doesn’t want to be here.
Now, on the other hand, Elway could have thought to himself, the guy did win us a couple of big games last year; we’ve been grooming him, he knows the system, and as whack as it sounds, that market rate for an average unproven q.b. really is about $18 mill per, so what the hell, we’ll just match Houston’s offer and be done with it. But that’s not what he said, he was thinking: To hell with him. Get outta here Lerch, we’ll see your ass in the playoffs.
If it’s anybody else, with any other team – I’d say letting Osweiler go was too big a risk to take. But with Elway – you roll with him when he rolls the dice.
This is the Boss who drove a stake right through Tebowmania to bring in Peyton. It’s the Don who fired John Fox after a 12-4 season. Gangster John and Gary Kubiak benched Osweiler for Manning when Pinkie could barely move. It all worked. He’s the gambler who goes all in.
I don’t know what his plan is as quarterback. But I’d guarantee he has one. And with that defense- it’s not like he needs some superstar to step in. He just wrecked the league with a 39-year old dead-armed mummy playing QB.
Trust in Johnny E. I don’t care if he needs to go 98-yards to beat the Browns, or if he needs to pull a starting quarterback out of his backside – this dude is just as clutch of a general manager as he was a player.
If I’m in Denver… I turn the page on Osweiler and put my faith in the Elway. He’s an NFL gangster.
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