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Gary Kubiak says 'there is no hurry' for Peyton Manning to make a decision

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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Despite the unsteady play of future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning and the untested play of Brock Osweiler, the Denver Broncos still represent the class of the AFC West. For the Chiefs (or even Raiders or Chargers), the clearest road to the playoffs means taking the divisional title, which makes the quarterback situation in Denver one to watch all offseason.

Gary Kubiak took to the podium to answer press questions at the 2016 NFL Combine and did all he could to keep the waters as muddy as possible. When it comes to Manning, Kubiak said there is still no pressure at all for Manning to make a decision on his playing future for the sake of the team's plans.

"We made a decision of how we're going to go about it. Once again it's about him taking his time to work through things and think through things," said Kubiak. "There is no hurry here. I want him to enjoy what just took place. We'll go from there. Nothing has changed from that standpoint. That plan continues to be in place. ... We want him to take his time and we'll work from there. Nothing has changed."

The Broncos' comfort level largely stems from having Brock Osweiler around. Even as he's a free agent, it would be an upset if both sides didn't reach a new deal to keep Osweiler in Denver for years to come. Kubiak stated as much, saying he was impressed with Osweiler and that the team believes he is next in line, whenever Manning decides that will be.

"I think [Osweiler] has a bright future, obviously," said Kubiak. "He did a heck of a job for us. He started seven games for us. He played against some really good people in some tough situations. He played very well. I think he has a bright future. Obviously we think the world of him. We want him to be a part of our football team."

Osweiler won five of his seven starts for the Broncos, although detractors will point to the heralded Broncos defense as the main reason the team won any games with either Manning or Osweiler at quarterback.

Osweiler went 14 of 24 for 146 passing yards and 1 touchdown and 1 interception against the Chiefs defense in Week 9.