Peyton Manning will be the starting quarterback in the playoffs

Peyton Manning
In this Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, photograph, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning passes against the San Diego Chargers during the second half of an NFL football game in Denver. Who will start for the Broncos in the Jan. 17 divisional playoff game? (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Broncos Head Coach Gary Kubiak announced today that Peyton Manning will be the starting quarterback in the playoffs, but the team said their focus is just getting ready for next Sunday.

“Looking forward to Peyton leading our football team, I feel very good about that, best for our football team, and I also know Brock will be ready play because he has proven this through the course of this year,” Kubiak said.

Manning is excited to be the leader of the team again and said he is much happier out on the field practicing with the team, than inside rehabbing his foot.

“Throwing with the receivers and working with the guys and obviously you don’t know who you are playing yet. So this is kind of a week to work on yourself physically getting ready to play getting some time in and we’ll do that next couple days just like we did today,” Manning said.

While Brock Osweiler said it’s hard to hear the news because he wants to be out on the field competing with his team, he supports Coach Kubiak’s decision.

“You’re going to see the same guy out of me that you’ve seen the whole season, bottom line I just care about this football team winning games and if coach thinks Peyton gives the team the best chance then I fully support that,” Osweiler said.

There are plenty of veterans on the team ready to go, but for some it’s their first time in the NFL post season.

“Just picking it up and taking it to another level you know the speed of the game picks up for everybody and I need to make sure I can compete at a high-level,” Shane Ray, rookie linebacker, said.

In the end the Broncos know it will take everyone to get a win next Sunday.

“The games we won have been, we wins, or us wins, whatever you want to call it. Everybody has done their part and that’s the only way we are going to have a chance in the post season everybody doing their part and I want to do my part,” Manning said.

The Broncos have to wait until Saturday to find out who they will be playing in the playoffs. They could face the Houston Texans, the Kansas City Chiefs or the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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