Brock Osweiler left Denver to escape shadows of Elway & Manning

The football world was shocked when quarterback Brock Osweiler left the Denver Broncos for a lucrative deal with the Houston Texans, and now we know why.

Speaking to reporters at the NFL Owners Meetings in Boca Raton, Florida, including Tania Ganguli of ESPN, Texans owner Bob McNair said that Osweiler wanted to create a legacy for himself and not be stuck in the shadow of former Broncos greats John Elway and the recently retired Peyton Manning.

“I guess the thing that really helped us is that he does like our offense, and Coach [Bill] O’Brien gives the quarterback a little more leeway at the line of scrimmage and all quarterbacks like that,” McNair said. “I think that helped. And then of course he had played behind Peyton [Manning] and with [executive vice president of football operations/general manager] John Elway there. Their shadows were quite large. He was still going to be under that and compared to them. He has a chance to be a real hero in Houston. And we’ve got a good ball club so I think all those things entered into it.”

Thus, save for the fact that Houston gave him a four-year, $72 million deal with $37 million guaranteed, Osweiler’s choice to leave Denver becomes highly understandable.

Look at it this way. John Elway was Denver’s star quarterback for 16 years and led the Broncos to five Super Bowls, winning two, and was also named to nine Pro Bowls before retiring as the franchise’s all-time leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns. Now, he’s essentially in charge of Denver’s front office.

And Peyton Manning is, well, Peyton Manning. Needless to say, Brock Osweiler would have had some big shoes to fill in the Mile High City.

Instead, he will look to create his own legacy on a Houston Texans team with a whole boatload of potential. Some may not agree with his reasons for leaving Denver, but he was just doing what he thought was best for him and nobody can fault him for that.

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