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Houston Texans QB Brock Osweiler’s Seat Starting to Warm Up

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Ever since their existence, the Houston Texans have dealt with mediocre quarterback play at best. In an effort to shift the culture, general manager Rick Smith took an enormous gamble. After seeing Brock Osweiler show flashes of potential last year in Denver, tossing 10 touchdowns with a quarterback rating of 86.4 was enough for Houston give the 25-year-old $72 million over the next four years.

Thus far, gambling on Osweiler has been a massive mistake. Sure, Houston is in first place in the AFC South with a record of (3-2), but expectations are much higher than just winning this lousy division. With a slightly above average season a year ago, the Texans managed to win the south with a (9-7) record, but their time in the playoffs was short-lived, as the Kansas City Chiefs demolished them to the tune of 30-0 inside the NRG Stadium.

Through five games, Osweiler has a touchdown to interception ratio of 6 to 7, while holding onto a dismal quarterback rating of 70.6. To make matters worse, Osweiler is the tallest signal caller in the league, standing at 6-foot-8 with a big arm, but he’s not using those physical tools to his advantage. The former Arizona State standout ranks 41st in yards per completion (6.0). Considering Osweiler has DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller at his disposal, there’s no logical explanation as to why he isn’t pushing the ball down the field.

Following another dismal performance in which Osweiler completed only 19 of his 42 pass attempts against the Minnesota Vikings this past weekend, the $72 million dollar man didn’t make any excuses.

“It is disappointing,” Osweiler said. “I felt like I had a great week of practice. I felt like our entire football team had a great week of practice. I was very confident coming into this game today. I knew we had a great challenge ahead of us, but I felt confident with what we could do. I am very disappointed with the outcome today, and I am very disappointed with how I played.”

Luckily, Houston has Indianapolis up next. The Colts are near the bottom in points allowed per game (29.6), which has them tied for 29th in the NFL. Despite Indy’s less than stellar defense, Houston has shown little to no signs of putting together quality drives. When asked about the offensive struggles, Osweiler responded with a rather simple solution.

“There are a few things. Obviously, when you are out there and you are part of the offense, your job is to put points on the board,” Osweiler stressed. “Right now with our two losses, we have not done that. I think that is where it starts, that we need to score more points. It starts with me doing my job better and me playing better.”

When taking into account how much Houston has invested in Osweiler, hearing the kind of quotes he provided in Minnesota aren’t comforting to say the least. In today’s game, the quarterback is looked at as the unquestionable leader. Yes, Osweiler is only 25-years-old, but when you see young quarterbacks such as Carson Wentz, Dak Prescott and etc excelling at a high level, it makes you wonder about Osweiler going forward. Now, this is not to say Houston will be quick to give up on Osweiler, but he needs to start turning things around sooner rather than later.


About Mark Gunnels

Mark Gunnels

Mark Gunnels is an NFL columnist for Football Insiders. He has several years of experience covering the NFL and NCAA football. He's the radio color commentator for Lincoln University football. Mark's work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports and Yard Barker.