Houston Texans: Was Brock Osweiler Given Enough Time At QB?

As we meander into the Houston Texans off season, there’s continues to be uncertainty at the quarterback position.

As we meander into the Houston Texans off season, there’s continues to be uncertainty at the quarterback position.

As you know, around this same time last year, the Houston Texans were locked in on Brock Osweiler, eventually singing him last spring to a four-year, $72 million deal with $38 million guaranteed.

We were all hopeful and rooting for the success of Osweiler considering that he played quite decent with the Denver Broncos in place of the injured Peyton Manning.

But you know how the rest went.

The quarterback position became one of uncertainty again as Brock continued to throw interception after interception, going from one bad decision to another.

Then the musical chairs started again when Osweiler was benched in Week 13 in favor of Tom Savage, our heralded but quite brittle backup quarterback because of his poor play.

After Savage suffered a concussion in the last week of the season, Bill O’Brien had to turn back to Osweiler to complete the rest of the season, including playoffs.

He, of course, was recently traded to the Cleveland Browns along with Houston’s 2018 2nd round pick to get relief from his Texas-sized contract.

So that’s the end of that chapter.

Or is it?

David Carr, the Houston Texans first quarterback, had some insight to give in regard to what Osweiler had to deal with through the season.

He too understood but definitely had more time — five seasons — to get acclimated to the offense that Dom Capers/Gary Kubiak ran.

Here’s what he had to say via the Chron’s David Barron:

“Gary Kubiak’s system in Denver was so different,” Carr said. “It was completely different than what Bill (O’Brien) was asking him to do in Houston with the option routes and young receivers. There wasn’t enough time.”

He also added this tidbit:

“I look at the guys they’ve had in Houston (during O’Brien’s tenure) and they haven’t been given a lot of time. I don’t know how you get much continuity at the position by rotating guys in so much, especially with the offense you’re running. There is a comfort level involved, and you can’t match that in 10 months.”

Carr may be right about that assertion but in a contact sport that’s the epitome of high-stakes, results must delivered or else other measures have to be made to ensure that they are.

In this case, Brock was more of casualty instead of an asset.

But Carr was quick not to criticize O’Brien’s offense, offering praises:

“There is nothing wrong with Bill’s system. The Patriots have been successful using it,” Carr said. “But what the Patriots have that the Texans don’t have is a quarterback with a ton of experience. And the guys who play wide receiver for the Patriots, they get it.

It’s unfortunate for the Texans, the fans and the city of Houston to witness such a jettison but it was one that had to be made.

There was too much collateral damage done as a result of his underwhelming and it was time for a fresh start.

Rick Smith pulled of the unthinkable by making this trade so let us all revel in what opportunities this will offer us fans later down the line.

I’m just looking forward to seeing who will be the next QB for the Texans.

We shall find out soon enough.

Go Texans.