Denver Broncos Head Coach, Gary Kubiak announced earlier this week that Peyton Manning will sit out against the Bears to allow the partial tear of his plantar fascia time to heal, leaving the team in the hands of four year backup, Brock Osweiler for at least one game. The question now becomes (in my opinion), "If Osweiler performs well, and they win, should Manning get his job back?"

Despite setting the career passing record Sunday against the Chiefs, Manning's season to date is one I'm sure he'd soon forget. The future Hall of Famer currently leads the league in interceptions with 17 through nine games, with only nine touchdowns. Outside of the win against Green Bay in week seven where he was 21 of 29 for 340 yards and one interception, he's not looked like the Peyton Manning of old. Now he just looks like an old Peyton Manning.

In Osweiler, Coach Gary Kubiak has a quarterback that can run the offense he wants to run, most of which involves the quarterback remaining under center. Up to this point, he's had to modify his scheme to involve more pistol and shotgun formations due to Manning's limitations. A concession any coach would willingly make if their quarterback is Peyton Manning.

Everything I've read indicates that Osweiler has the right skill set to run the type of offense Kubiak wants to run. How well he can run is yet to be seen (we'll get our first look Sunday at Chicago). I'm in the mindset that if Osweiler comes out and beats the Bears, and looks good doing it, Kubiak and the Broncos will have a difficult decision to make. Do you stick with the guy you drafted four years ago, who by the way will be a free agent at the end of the season, or do you put the keys to the car back into the hands of an aging quarterback who's looked anything but himself for all but one game this season?

It's an interesting conundrum for the Broncos. And one the nobody envies. If they were dead last in their division with no chance at the playoffs, you see what you have in Osweiler. But they're not. They currently lead their division, and have to decide if they have to be the ones that tell the great Peyton Manning his time is up.

If it were me, I'm seeing how far Brock Osweiler can take me, win or lose in Chicago. Ideally, the defense will pick up whatever slack and alleviate the pressure on Osweiler. The 2000 Ravens did it with Trent Dilfer has their quarterback, why not Denver? Manning is broken, and I'm not sure he can be fixed this time.

They could ride Osweiler the remainder of the season and hand things back to Manning at the start of the playoffs, but then you risk botching team chemistry if Osweiler were to win more games than he loses. Plus, everyone knows Manning's record in the playoffs isn't sterling. In 24 games, he's 11-13 with 38 touchdowns and 24 interceptions.

When we discussed this on the show earlier this week, Jimmie vehemently disagreed, claiming he'd take a 75-80-percent Manning over a 100-percent Osweiler any day of the week.

I'm not saying the decision will be easy for Denver, but I am saying sometimes the right decision isn't always the easiest.

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