I don’t ask the question that forms the title of this post to be mean. I ask it because after reading that the Broncos have decided to make yet another change at quarterback, I am genuinely curious.
Consider the following:
- After taking over for an injured Peyton Manning in 2015, Brock Osweiler was sent back to the bench by Gary Kubiak in the Broncos’ regular season finale. Osweiler remained on the sideline as the Broncos started a playoff run that ended in a Super Bowl victory.
- Osweiler was reportedly peeved by that benching. Now, it seems unreasonable to think that hurt feelings were the primary reason Osweiler choose to leave the Broncos as a free agent to sign with Houston in March of 2016, what with Houston bestowing a four-year, $72,000,000.00 ($37,000,000.00 guaranteed) deal on him and all. But it probably didn’t help Denver’s efforts to retain him.
- Brock decamped to Houston, where he was largely terrible before he was benched for Tom Savage in Week 15 of the 2016 regular season. The demotion didn’t last long, however, as Savage was concussed in the regular season finale against the Titans. Osweiler returned to the field and remained the Texans’ starting quarterback for their two playoff games last season.
- Having had enough of The Osweiler Experience, Texans proceeded to package Brock with a second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft to get the Browns to take Osweiler off their hands in March of 2017, exactly a year to the day after the Texans had signed Osweiler as a free agent.
- Brock wasted no time advising the masses that he intended to be the Browns’ starting quarterback.
- And he did it! Hue Jackson named Osweiler the Browns’ starting quarterback for Cleveland’s preseason opener. In fact, there was even speculation a couple of weeks into the preseason that Osweiler, in a prettiest girl in Oklahoma sort of way, could lock down the starting gig with the Browns by simply being “solid.” Not “great.” Not even “good.” Just “solid.”
- Alas, that was apparently a bridge too far. The Browns not only chose to start DeShone Kizer at quarterback instead of Osweiler. They chose to end their relationship with Osweiler entirely, cutting him before the regular season started.
- Shunned by both Houston and Cleveland, Osweiler returned to Denver shortly before the 2017 season began. He was firmly behind Trevor Siemian on the depth chart, with the added question of where Paxton Lynch would fit into things when he returned from injury.
- Siemian was bad, and once again, Brock was named the starting quarterback in Denver a few weeks ago. Problem is that Brock didn’t perform much better than his predecessor had, and with the Broncos’ season circling the drain, the team is expected to announce that they’re going to send Osweiler back to the sideline from whence he came in favor of seeing what Paxton Lynch can do, presumably for the remainder of the 2017 season.
So if I did the math correctly, Brock Osweiler was benched twice by the Broncos (in two different seasons, in two separate tours of duty, no less), once by the Texans, and once by the Browns, all in less than two years. That’s
five four times.
That has to be a record, doesn’t it? If you can think of another quarterback who’s seen that kind of action up and down the depth chart, please share with the class in the Comments.