Before yesterday, Brock Osweiler had only played 93 snaps for the Denver Broncos in the regular season. He was drafted just weeks after the team signed the veteran free agent, Peyton Manning in 2012. Osweiler was drafted to be the team's quarterback of the future.
So it stands to reason that he would relish each and every opportunity to ply his wares on the gridiron in a meaningful way. Yesterday, the Broncos were up 41-10 late in the 3rd quarter, over the the Oakland Raiders.
Young Osweiler, obviously based on a previous conversation with offensive coordinator, Adam Gase, was led to believe that on the next possession, he would be inserted into the game to get some live-bullet reps.
But Manning doesn't like relinquishing any snaps, even in routs, unless he absolutely must. He's been that way for years and it could be argued that it factored into the Indianapolis Colts going 2-14 in 2011, when Manning was out for the entire season with his neck injury.
It had been a long time since the quarterbacks behind him had played a meaningful down with the first-team offense. And what followed was the train wreck that was their "Suck for Luck" campaign.
Osweiler has one more year left on his rookie deal. Manning has two. So it is conceivable that Osweiler could hit the free agent market and be gone, long before Manning. As a young quarterback, he wants to make hay while the sun is shining. And if the video below tells us anything, it's that Osweiler wants to play.
Check out the video below via Deadspin. Just before Manning trots out onto the field, Osweiler turns around to grab his helmet. Before he can get turned around, Manning's almost to the huddle. Poor kid.