Revisiting Brock Osweiler’s Texans Tenure

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Former Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler
Brock Osweiler failed to live up to the expectations as a member of the Texans.

The year that Brock Osweiler spent as a member of the Houston Texans is forgettable at best. Fans of the franchise wish that his time in Houston never occurred. Fortunately for Houston, they were able to learn that Osweiler is not their future quarterback. Unfortunately it cost Houston their second round draft pick in 2018. Even with the loss of the draft pick the Texans are better off. Osweiler was a complete disaster in Houston.

Brock Osweiler managed to have a winning record as the starter for the Texans last season. The winning record is a direct result of Houston’s strong running game and their defense. Osweiler had little to do with the success of the Texans. Currently the offense does not rely on strong quarterback play. It relies on taking the ball out of the quarterback’s hands and making plays elsewhere.

Passing Table
Year Age Tm G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Y/A Y/C Y/G Sk Yds 4QC GWD
2016 26 HOU 15 14 8-6-0 301 510 59.0 2957 15 16 5.8 9.8 197.1 27 206 2 2

Last season, Osweiler ranked second to last among qualifying quarterbacks in passing yards with 2,957. Only accumulating more yards than Ryan Fitzpatrick. A 59 percent completion rate ranked fourth worst overall. With 14 interceptions, Osweiler was tied for fourth most in the league with Blake Bortles and Eli Manning.

Even with all of the struggles for Osweiler, there was one lone bright spot. Osweiler managed two fourth quarter comebacks. Those comebacks also resulted in two game winning drives. A feat that seemed impossible for Osweiler to achieve due to his relatively poor play.

Any success experienced by Osweiler in Denver was a pure product of the system and it showed. When Osweiler made the move to Houston, all of his deficiencies as a quarterback were on full display. The complicated offensive system of Bill O’Brien amounted to be too much for him to handle.

At the time, signing Osweiler was a coup for the Texans. A four year contract for $72 million to finally solve the quarterback issue in Houston is a price that had to be paid. Unfortunately it did not work out for Houston or Osweiler. Fortunately Houston has Tom Savage and Deshaun Watson to count on to be their franchise quarterback. With time for Savage and Watson to learn the offense, they will put the Osweiler era in the rearview mirror.

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