Osweiler left Broncos to escape Elway, Manning shadows


Brock Osweiler wanted to create his own legacy and that was behind the quarterback's decision to join the Houston Texans.

Texans owner Bob McNair said Osweiler wanted to escape the shadows of the now-retired Peyton Manning and Denver Broncos general manager John Elway.

So instead of taking over for Manning in Denver, Osweiler joined the Texans on a four-year deal worth $72million, with $37m guaranteed.

"He had played behind Peyton and with John Elway there. Their shadows were quite large," McNair said, via ESPN.

"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."

McNair has a valid point. 

Manning and Elway walked away from the game after winning their second Super Bowl championships.

Manning announced his retirement on March 7, a month after helping the Broncos win Super Bowl 50.

Elway was the MVP of Super Bowl XXXIII and announced his retirement three months later. 

Osweiler wants to start fresh in Houston after appearing in 21 games with the Broncos, including seven starts last season while Manning was out with a torn plantar fascia.

Despite Osweiler's limited experience, McNair believes the 25-year-old will be successful in Houston.

"If we didn't think he had the ability and the attitude to be a winner for us we wouldn't have signed him to that kind of contract," McNair said.

"I have every confidence he will succeed. How good he will be remains to be seen. Will he be average or will he be a superstar? But I think he'll be more than adequate in any case. That's what we were looking for in the past.

"If the quarterback doesn't turn the ball over with our defense and our running game, we've got a chance to beat anybody. But when the quarterback turns the ball over, anybody can beat you if they don't turn it over."