He still managed to break the National Football League record for all-time passing yards, but since that's really a record of longevity, it's easy to assume his dip in form Sunday, and this season in general, are because of the ravages of old age.
With Osweiler behind center for the Broncos, the offense will likely look a little more like the one Jake Plummer ran for the team during a Kubiak's first stint, on Mike Shanahan's staff, as the Broncos' play-caller. I've been through it as a player.
I felt like the man should have retired at the end of the past year when he limped, literally, into the postseason with the Denver Broncos and limped right back out again. CBS SportsNFL Insider Jason La Canforareported on Monday that Manning "aggravated a partial tear in his plantar fascia [foot]" that he originally suffered against the Colts.
Even if the Broncos did pull off a win over either or both, they would require more help to get a bye or home-field advantage. Manning has thrown nine touchdowns and 17 interceptions in nine games this season, though the Broncos are 7-2.
Manning said that he underwent an MRI examination on his rib cage Monday, but he had not received the results by the time he met with media.
Manning was held out of practice Wednesday and Thursday with the foot injury. "He had the opportunity to learn under one of the best".
"If it had been a coaster all the way, who knows if we could handle adversity down the road", he said, "Now that you've done it on the road, it proves that you can".