Business, not personal: Broncos aiming to 'kill' Brock Osweiler

There will be no love lost when Brock Osweiler returns to Denver for Monday Night Football.

No warm embraces, no Hallmark greetings. Perhaps a little small talk, but that's as far as it'll go.

When Osweiler steps foot onto Sports Authority Field, the first time he'll have done so since the AFC Championship Game, he's the enemy -- the turncoat.

He's the guy who bolted Denver for Houston in free agency, signing a gargantuan $72 million deal and leaving the Broncos' quarterback position in a state of flux.

The guy who his former teammates have forgiven, but not forgotten about.

The guy who now has one helluva target on his back.

“I don’t think anybody in this locker room cares that he left,’’ Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall said, via 9 News Denver. “I think everybody’s happy – when you’re a player in this league, you’re happy when another player gets his money, when he gets what he’s due. So everybody in this locker room, nobody has any ill-will towards Brock.

“At the same time, it’s competition and we want to shut him down. Just because it’s Brock. We know Brock. He came from here and we just want to kill him. That’s what we want to do.’’

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This time last year, Osweiler -- the team's former second-round pick -- was holding a clipboard for Peyton Manning, waiting for his shot. It eventually came later in the season, as Osweiler led the Broncos to a 12-4 record and the AFC's top seed.

A Super Bowl ring and massive contract later, however, Osweiler finds himself in the Lone Star State, reportedly butting heads with his coach and falling well short of expectations.

Osweiler has "led" the Texans to a 4-2 record despite the offense's struggles; they rank 30th in points, 27th in yards, and 30th in passing offense. Osweiler is completing just 59-percent of his passes and has thrown as many picks (eight) as touchdowns.

“He’s a gunslinger right now,’’ Broncos cornerback Chris Harris said. “He’s throwing the ball a lot. He’s throwing the ball everywhere and he’s also forcing a lot of throws so there’s a lot of opportunities to get picks.’’

Osweiler has been a disappointment, but Denver's offensive attack hasn't been much powerful. They were shut down by two hapless defenses in a span of five days, losing both games.

But, hey, if you're going to get subpar play out of your signal-caller, it's better to pay him Siemian money ($525,000) than back up the Brinks truck for Osweiler ($18 million).

And if you're Siemian, it's best to have the Orange Crush behind you than against you.

The Broncos, particularly the defensive players, are an extremely prideful bunch. They don't like being scored on or slighted in any way. They do their talking on the field, and usually it's deafening.

Monday night will be something entirely different. Motivation to snap a losing streak is one thing, but they're about to take out weeks -- months, really -- of frustration on a man who broke the cardinal rule of Broncos Country.

They're about to turn the Brock Bowl into a bloodbath.

“We know he left us, it is what it is,’’ said Harris. “I’m pretty sure he wants to win. We want to beat him bad. Get a lot of interceptions.’’

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