KUSA - He was one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL, retiring on top after leading the Broncos to a Super Bowl championship.
Following a legend is never easy, just ask Brian Griese. He did it long before Siemian did.
Griese had to fill John Elway’s shoes some 18 years before Siemian is set to replace Peyton Manning.
“I would say Kubiak probably learned something from what I went through and how I handled things and relayed that to Trevor,” Griese said. “The reality is the expectation is not to be John Elway. The expectation is not to be Peyton Manning. He just needs to play his game.”
Following Manning won’t be that bad, Griese believes. The pressure comes from playing on a successful team like the Broncos coming off the Super Bowl.
“What’s hard is the external pressure. What’s hard is following up a Super Bowl season. The expectation that if you go 10-6 or 9-7 and squeak into the playoffs than that’s a failure, when it reality all 32 teams would love to be in the playoffs. It’s the standard that John Elway and Gary Kubiak have created that’s hard to live up to, not trying to be Peyton Manning.”
Griese and Siemian both were the number three quarterbacks in the prior Super Bowl season. Both also played college football in the Big Ten. Griese at Michigan and Siemian at Northwestern. Griese had far more success at his school, leading Michigan to a national championship, but he never led the Broncos to a Super Bowl championship.
If Siemian can do that at some point, then he’ll have the bragging rights.
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