It’s official Houston Texans’ fans!
We now have a legitimate, young quarterback under center to take the franchise to places we’d never thought we’d never be going!
I’m not saying that we’ll be Super Bowl contenders today but it certainly puts our beloved team on the path to getting there once again.
Unless you’ve been under a rock as of late, this is glorious news for the franchise as they’ve signed quarterback Brock Osweiler to a four-year, $72 million deal with $37 million guaranteed.
That’s a lot of money and the most I’ve seen in quite some time that this franchise has invested in a quarterback.
This news comes as a quite a shocker for me as I was projecting that they’d be likely looking toward the draft this year to find their future quarterback and possibly trot out Brian Hoyer or some relatively unknown, unwanted QB that would have us all shrug our shoulders.
Nope, the Texans did exactly what we wanted this time, to go out and get their man without reservation or purpose of evasion.
Sounds like a familiar oath we all know, right?
Yep, essentially the Texans have as this franchise has essentially made a $72 million bet on a guy where his future success in the NFL is relatively unknown.
But they had to do it…
When I heard the rumors about the team talking with Osweiler’s camp about landing him, I thought there was a moderate chance he’d be interested but I realized that he was already on a Super Bowl-ready roster and he’d likely be suiting up back in orange next year.
But after learning that the rumors finally came to fruition and that he and the Texans came to an agreement, it all came full circle as to why he left the Denver Broncos at the altar.
He wanted to find his OWN way with an accompanying identity to boot.
Following in the footsteps of Peyton Manning, one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time is a tough act to follow and I’m not sure if he was eager to accept all of the criticism that would ensue, unfairly comparing him to the trailblazer that Manning is.
The Manning surname is like royalty in the NFL and I totally understand why he wanted to get from under that stigma.
With him signing with the Texans, he gets a fresh start and the ability to make his own mark and footprint with a franchise that’s in bad need of one.
And, of course, he could’ve been upset that the Broncos benched him after solid string of starts — seven games — while Manning was recovering from a myriad of injuries.
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Osweiler went 5-2 during that stretch of seven games in 2015 and was benched for a healthy Manning after not doing anything particularly wrong during his stretch of starts.
But I don’t buy it — when you’re playing behind such a larger-than-life legend, you know your role and I’m sure he understood he had to take a back seat.
But say no more — he’ll be donning Battle Red, Deep Steel Blue and Liberty White next season as he’ll be in the driver’s seat with the keys to the equivalent of a gently-used Ferrari with a couple of dents near the fender.
So what does Osweiler do well?
He’s got a hell of an arm, he’s tall (6’7″) and he fills out his frame, clocking in at 240 pounds.
Osweiler also employs a quick release and knows how to appropriately throw the ball as far as to how, when and where.
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His aforementioned frame makes it tougher for defenders to take him down and he does have some legs under him to extend plays if things do go south.
He is quite accurate for a guy of his stature — he can easily transmogrify himself from the tentative game manager to the guy who can sling it to give you the first-down you need or the pivotal score when in a pinch.
Just imagine those crisp, accurate passes he’s going to make to DeAndre Hopkins on the regular!
I’m already drooling!
But it has been said that the main criticism of Osweiler is that sometimes when he gets on a roll, he’ll start to pistol-whip leading him to make bad decisions that could lead to turnovers.
And he’s not the best at protecting the football when that happens.
But hopefully, after watching Manning in his twilight years of his career, Brock has learned something about that aspect.
But Manning was throwing picks at an alarming rate while he was playing hurt so maybe Osweiler didn’t learn as much.
Regardless, he’ll have Bill O’Brien, George Godsey and the rest of the staff to guide him along to reach his full potential.
Besides, their livelihoods depend on Osweiler succeeding.
I think these are red-letter times for the franchise and we’re about all be witnesses of the hopefully notable Brock Osweiler-era.
Let it begin.
Osweiler, 25, threw for 1,924 yards — for a 61.8 completion percentage — as well as 10 touchdowns to six interceptions during his 5-2 stretch in 2015.
He also earned a not too shabby quarterback rating of an 86.4 and a QBR of 48.78 during that period of time.