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Rumor: Brock Osweiler Left Broncos Because Of Week 17 Benching For Peyton Manning

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The Texans' new quarterback has a gigantic chip on his shoulder, thanks to Gary Kubiak.

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It looks like money was not the only reason why Brock Osweiler chose to leave Denver to sign a new deal with the Texans. Osweiler was seemingly very upset that he was benched in Week 17 in favor of Peyton Manning, who earlier in the season had been arguably the worst quarterback in the entire league.

The Broncos went on to win a Super Bowl without Osweiler at the helm despite the fact that Osweiler did most of the heavy lifting on offense to get Denver to the playoffs in the first place. There are of course arguments on both sides of the debate about who should have started in the postseason, but Osweiler was clearly miffed enough by the benching to want a fresh start anyway.

In Houston, Osweiler is now presented with a very unique challenge – can he win a Super Bowl ring that he can call entirely his own? Can he not only lead a team to the playoffs, but actually start and win in the postseason? Osweiler left Denver because they refused to give him that opportunity in 2015. With any luck, the Texans will be the team that finally lets him prove his worth.