Get used to Brock Osweiler, Texans fans. He isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Texans coach Bill O’Brien was asked whether he had considered benching the $72 million quarterback in favor of second-year pro Tom Savage. O’Brien staunchly said no, according to NFL Network’s James Walker.
Osweiler has not lived up to his contract by any means. He’s thrown for 1,533 yards, eight touchdowns and eight interceptions in his first season with the Texans and hasn’t had one game with more than 269 yards or three touchdowns.
Osweiler struggled mightily against his old team, Denver, Monday night in a disgruntling 27-9 loss. Osweiler threw for a season-low 131 yards on 41 pass attempts. It was only the second time in Broncos history their defense held a quarterback to fewer than 200 yards with at least 40 pass attempts. Osweiler has achieved that feat three separate times this season.
It’s important to mention that it’s still early in the season. O’Brien’s offensive brilliance also shouldn’t be dismissed, as he guided Houston to the playoffs with Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett, T.J. Yates and Brandon Weeden all starting games last year.
Then again, Houston’s offense is loaded with playmakers. DeAndre Hopkins is one of the best wide receivers in the league and the Texans also signed running back Lamar Miller and drafted dynamic receiver Will Fuller in the first round of the 2016 draft. Bad offensive line play can be blamed, but Osweiler has held Houston’s offense back.
It looks like the Broncos might get the last laugh after all after Osweiler snubbed them in the offseason to sign his lucrative deal with the Texans. Nobody should criticize Osweiler for taking more money, but there’s no doubt he has to start meeting the expectations that come with the contract.