Reigning Super Bowl MVP and Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller may be about to lose his team leader in Peyton Manning, but he’s fine with potentially having backup Brock Osweiler as the starter. Appearing on NFL Network, Miller said that the leadership he saw in the former second-round pick was on the same level as that of the future Hall of Famer.
“I see the same type of leadership qualities that I see in Peyton,’ Miller said. “He knows how to work the room. He can relate to everybody in the locker room — not just the offensive guys, not just the defensive guys. He can relate to everybody in the room. Brock is one of those guys, and he goes out there and he leads in that type of way.”
Osweiler appeared in eight games while Manning was nursing rib and foot injuries and threw for 1,967 yards and 10 touchdowns with six interceptions. His performance was fine, but to compare his leadership abilities to that of, arguably, the best quarterback in NFL history is a bit of a stretch.
Keep in mind that though Osweiler performed well enough, he cracked under the pressure and panicked in certain situations. Rather than put the team on his back and either take a hit or just throw the ball out of bounds, he would toss the ball frantically into the hands of an opposing player or make some other odd decision.
That said, though Osweiler’s future could be bright, he has a long way to go before he’s even in the same conversation as Manning.
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