Kubiak: No timeline for deciding starting QB

Posted at 9:09 AM, Jan 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-05 10:28:48-05

Denver Broncos Coach Gary Kubiak says there is "no timeline" for deciding who will be the starting quarterback in the first playoff game.

Peyton Manning replaced Brock Osweiler in the third quarter Sunday and led the Broncos to a 27-20 win over San Diego.

Coach Kubiak addressed the media Monday morning.

Kubiak said he won't worry about egos or feelings when deciding who will start and "will do what's best for the team."

"I guarantee Osweiler knows I have confidence in him," Kubiak said Monday.

Osweiler threw for 232 yards, including a 72-yard TD pass to Demaryius Thomas on the game's second play. But he was victimized by five turnovers, including two interceptions that weren't his fault, and a fumble by Emmanuel Sanders at the 10-yard line after a 46-yard reception.

One of Osweiler's interceptions went off receiver Jordan Norwood's hands. His arm was hit by a linebacker on the other, and his day was done after a fumble by C.J. Anderson on the second play after halftime.

None of that was his fault, but the Broncos needed a spark and Manning provided it.

"I don't think Brock did anything wrong," Kubiak said. "I know we had the turnovers, but a couple of them he had nothing to do with. But just my gut told me to turn it over to him and let him lead the football team. I'm just very proud of him. He's worked really hard to stay there for us and it couldn't be a bigger day to be there for us."

Manning led Denver to 20 points in 1 1/2 quarters despite going just 5 of 9 for 69 yards.

"It was tough on the emotions," Osweiler said. "But winning the AFC West is what it's all about."

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The team will take a few days off and go back to work on Thursday, Kubiak said Monday.

"I think they deserve to enjoy what they accomplished yesterday," Kubiak said.