The delayed gratification for Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler went beyond waiting years for his first NFL starting assignment.
The 6-foot-8, 240-pounder had to wait four-plus hours on the team plane because of the snowstorm in Chicago on Saturday before getting a chance to beat the Bears 17-15 Sunday.
"I don't know if it helped me, but it got us a win today, so you know, if we need to be delayed in the air more often and circle airports … if that means wins, then sign me up for it," said Osweiler, who also celebrated his 25th birthday Sunday.
Osweiler's parents' flight from Montana got canceled, so they drove to Chicago to make sure they wouldn't miss the game, the Denver Post reported.
Osweiler stepped in for the injured Peyton Manning and completed 20 of 27 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns. Perhaps most importantly, he committed no turnovers. With the weight of the football world on him as the replacement for the future Hall of Famer, Osweiler played with poise and patience.
"Obviously you assume all of those things are there, and I assume that you (media) guys are writing throughout the week and talking," Osweiler said of the Manning discussions.
"I assume fans are buzzing on social media. One thing that I have learned in my three and a half years, and watching Peyton and this football team, is you need to close out that outside noise.
"At the end of the day, it's a football game. ... We blocked out that outside noise and we got the job done."
Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said Osweiler was just what his team needed after two straight losses.
"He can do everything," Kubiak said. "He's a very composed young man and the more he plays, I think, the better he's going to get."
Kubiak dodged the question of whether Manning will return to the starting job next week. .
"I knew that (question) was coming," he said. "Here's the deal, we got healthier here today. We've got some guys on this team that we're trying to get healthy, so that's important. And we won our eighth game. So we're going to focus on winning today and enjoy winning, and we'll go back to work next week."