Houston Texans: Three best and worst moments of the Brock Osweiler-era

Former Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Former Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /
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Former Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

For Houston Texans’ fans, the Brock Osweiler-era is largely forgettable but it’s important to reflect on how far we’ve come. Three best/worst moments? Look.

Whenever I write an article about the Houston Texans, I usually discuss recent moves, try to predict how an upcoming season may go, or I could just be talking for the hell of it. But in the midst of a difficult time for most, if not all of us, I figured it’s best to try and add some humor.

However, it did take me a while though to figure out what to write about. There hasn’t been a lot of “funny” happenings in recent with the Houston Texans. Disclaimer, the DeAndre Hopkins trade was funny to everybody around the league, except for Houston Texans fans. Suddenly, I remembered the one guy I loved to mention. The one guy who I enjoyed, and still enjoy, to take a jab at any time I write. The one guy who reminds me of why I wanted to write in the first place.

Brock Osweiler. Brock O’Clock. The Brockness Monster. Brocket Power. Dwayne “The Brock” Johnson. For lawsuit reasons, I will say that I do not own any of these nicknames nor did I come up with any of these on my own. You can see plenty more nicknames here in this link.

My dad just calls him A**water, and that’s the one that sticks in my head the most. No, I do not own that nickname either.

It would be an understatement to say that the season Osweiler took over the Texans was a “learning experience.” That season simply said, “next time you’re desperate for a quarterback, don’t spend $72 million on a guy who played seven games and lost his starting job.” The memes that year about Osweiler were just ruthless, and it was clear very quickly that the Houston Texans were going to be mocked about this signing for a very long time. A reminder that the Houston Texans didn’t even meet with him before handing him $37 million in guaranteed money.

I will admit that before the 2016 NFL season started, I was one of those guys who believed in the Osweiler signing. Did I believe he was going to become one of the greats? Hell no. But did I believe he could emulate some of those really solid years Matt Schaub had, and maybe even be selected as a pro-bowl alternate one day? I wouldn’t have ruled it out. I definitely thought he was an upgrade over Brian Hoyer. Any quarterback would’ve looked good when your favorite team just had a quarterback who threw four interceptions in a playoff game with home-field advantage.

But clearly I was mistaken. Big time. I must’ve lost a screw at some point because I still can’t believe I was so far off. It was clear very quickly that Osweiler should’ve never signed with the Texans and Houston Texans should’ve never given him that kind of money. In the end, kudos to Rick Smith, former Houston Texans general manager, for finding out a way to trade away him and his albatross contract. Then again, however, Rick Smith was the one who signed him in the first place. Yikes.

Believe it or not, however, Osweiler did have some good moments in a Texans’ uniform. None of those good moments outweighed the bad moments or were worth $72 million, but there were a few moments that would make you say, “wow.”

Normally, I would have just discussed those good moments, but that would take away the fun from this article. Like I said, there’s nothing I love to do more than write about Osweiler’s time in Houston. So I figured, let’s go over the best moments in Osweiler’s year with the Texans AND let’s go over his worse moments in Houston. Nothing like a trip down memory lane.