Peyton Manning is a lock for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The very first year he is eligible, Manning will have his bust in Canton, Ohio, which is what makes the decision facing the Broncos so unusual.
On Sunday, Manning’s poor play resulted in the quarterback getting benched, likely for the first time in his life. Manning is also reportedly suffering from a torn plantar fascia. While there is a very good chance Manning won’t even be eligible, a few well-known former players think Brock Osweiler should start even if Manning is available.
Twice on ESPN Radio on Monday, a former NFL star claimed the Broncos were better off starting Osweiler no matter Manning’s availability.
Later in the day, former All-Pro quarterback Joe Theisman doubled down on the statement. Theisman said Manning’s play since last season is enough to bench the great quarterback.
Statistically, Manning is having the worst season of his career. With his arm strength diminishing and his health becoming an issue, the Hall of Fame career appears to be on his last leg. However, benching a playable Manning in favor of Osweiler would be one of the most unlikely turn of events in recent NFL history.