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Woody Paige: Brock Osweiler could find himself in spotlight vs. Giants

October 14, 2017 Updated: October 14, 2017 at 10:08 pm
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Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) warms up prior to an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Only three current NFL quarterbacks reached the postseason every year from 2012-16 as their teams won division titles and playoff games, played in the Super Bowl twice and earned one or two World Championship rings.

Name them.

I’ll give you time to think.
Tom Brady. Of course.
Aaron Rodgers. Wrong.
Russell Wilson. Correct.
And the third is… wait for it.
Brock Osweiler. Gotcha!

Will Osweiler play Sunday night against the Giants because of a Broncos’ blowout or flame out?

Is it Brocktober?

Back with the Broncos, Brock has become H. G. Wells’ “Invisible Man’’.

Nobody seems to realize he’s around. TV networks don’t show him on the sideline during games. Media don’t interview him after games or practices. Radio talk shows don’t discuss him. Fans don’t cheer or boo him. He is in sight, but virtually unseen. He’s as forgettable as elevator music, as anonymous as former vice president Alben W. Barkley.

The Broncos on-line store offers 166 jerseys, but none is No. 17. That’s Osweiler’s jersey, for those who forgot.

The quarterback previously known as The Wizard of Os hasn’t played a second this season. He might as well be the man behind the curtain.

“Knock, knock.’’
“Who’s there?’’
“Brock Who?’’
“Brock Osweiler.’’
“Brock Who?’’

Yet, Osweiler is just a shoulder injury or a pitiful performance from playing.
Brock could be the Broncos’ quarterback for the first time, for those who forget, since the last Super Bowl season.

After all, he’s been on a playoff team for the past five seasons, an accomplishment the Broncos can’t claim. While they were on the sofa after New Year’s Day, the “worst, most overpaid quarterback in the league’’ was starting and winning a postseason game against the Raiders.

He’s won more NFL games as a starter than Trevor Siemian (13-11) – and has a winning percentage of 61.

By the end of his sixth season, Brock will be paid a career total of $40.5 million — an average of more than $1 mil for every game played (36).

In the 2012 NFL draft Osweiler was selected 57th overall, Wilson 75th. Both were on Super Bowl XLVIII rosters — Wilson as the Seahawks starter, Osweiler as a Broncos reserve. Wilson’s salary in ’17 will give him a career total of $58 million. Almost $100 million between them. They’ve never missed the postseason, and each possesses a Super Bowl ring. Brady has two while the Patriots also have gotten to the postseason those five straight seasons (and more).

Osweiler is 5-2 in October games. He cleaned up twice for Peyton Manning in blowouts and was 3-2 as the Texans starter in the month last season.

One loss was his last playing appearance at Mile High stadium Oct. 24, 2016.
Brock was miserable then in a 27-9 defeat to Trevor and the Broncos.

Who would suspect that those two from the ’15 team would be reunited on the ’17 Broncos?

Osweiler has 26 career touchdowns, Siemian 25. But Siemian has thrown 14 interceptions to Osweiler’s 22. Osweiler has passed for 5,083 yards, Siemian 4,289.

Brock turns 27 on Nov. 22, the anniversary of his first start for the Broncos in 2015, a victory in Chicago over another ex-Broncos quarterback — Jay somebody. Siemian will be 26 on Dec. 26.

So, Sunday night, could Trevor and Brock both play in their first confrontation ever with Eli Manning, the brother of the fellow they trained under in Denver, in front of Peyton, who will view from a luxury box, while John Elway, who drafted the two QBs, watches from his suite?

How symmetrical.

If the Giants are garbage, as they have been in losing all four previous games, and Siemian plays extremely well, and the Broncos are far ahead in the fourth quarter, Osweiler could get the call. And Brock probably would be saluted as he was when he earned two crucial home victories as the Broncos starter in overtime games in ’15.

If the Giants uncharacteristically play like Brobingnagians and lead the Broncos in the second half, and Siemian is playing poorly, Osweiler might get the call. And if he were to lead the Broncos to victory, as he once did against the Patriots, Brock clearly would be the visible man all over again.

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