Peyton Manning is back in the starting lineup for the Denver Broncos and will take over for Brock Osweiler during the team’s postseason run, Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak announced on Thursday.
“I’m looking forward to Peyton leading our football team. I feel very good about that,” Kubiak said Thursday. “Best for our football team and I also know that Brock will be ready to play.”
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Osweiler is reportedly dealing with a sprained knee but that did not factor into Kubiak’s decision, according to NFL Network. Kubiak confirmed that Osweiler sat out of practice Thursday and probably wouldn’t be back on the field until Saturday.
Kubiak added that he felt comfortable where Manning was at “physically and mentally.”
After missing six games while rehabbing a torn plantar fascia, Manning returned to the lineup as a backup for Osweiler in Week 17, but took over for the 25-year-old quarterback in the third quarter after five turnovers for the Broncos offense. With Manning in the lineup, the Broncos outscored the Chargers, 20-7, to overcome a 13-7 deficit and pull out a 27-20 win that gave Denver the No. 1 seed in the AFC.
The Giants are insisting Coughlin resigned on his own terms, but that seems difficult to take at face value. Few football coaches walk away on their own terms, especially when they have a Hall of Fame-caliber quarterback at their disposal.
But the fact is, the Giants have missed the playoffs for four straight seasons and finished with a 6-10 record in 2015. Coughlin’s teams had a propensity to be undisciplined, too, especially when it came to managing the clock at the end of games.
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After months of rumors about his pending exit, Payton is staying in New Orleans.
“Here I am and nothing’s changing and I plan on finishing my career here,” Payton said at his press conference Wednesday. “I think Zach Strief said it best last week: I’ll be here as long as they’ll have me.”