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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The second-best/worst Osweiler moment

The second-best Osweiler moment: Comeback vs. Colts

Coming off a blowout loss vs the Vikings, the Houston Texans, especially Osweiler, needed a bounce-back win.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t going to be an easy task as it was against divisional rivals Indianapolis Colts who had the surging Andrew Luck.

Osweiler had started the game off one-for-five with four yards and a fumble, which was recovered by the Texans. For most of the game, the Texans were down against the Colts, and things were looking over with the way Osweiler was playing with the score having the Colts up 23-9 with seven minutes and four seconds remaining in the 4th quarter.

Then something happened. Not sure what it was, but Brock-tober suddenly activated. All of a sudden he was playing differently and was throwing fireballs, and for the next seven minutes and whatever time was played in OT, he was a different player. The throws were accurate, purposeful; and luckily, no fumbles.

Here is the link to the highlights, and it’s quite astonishing to see Osweiler’s brilliant seven minutes and OT.

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All of the Houston Texans fans were hoping this was it. All Texans fans were hoping this was the turning point that would end Osweiler’s struggles and from then and going forward we would’ve gotten the Osweiler that was on-target, effective, and could manage a game without any screwups.

Guess we were dreaming.

But regardless, this moment still goes down as one of the best moments in the Osweiler-era. But it isn’t the best.

The second-worst Osweiler moment: “You are only playing me because you need me!”

A little context on this one.

Osweiler wasn’t the guy for the Texans. It was quite clear early that he didn’t bring what the Houston Texans were hoping he would bring. We don’t know who’s fault it was, but it was clear that tensions were going to rise at some point with his struggles. Eventually he was benched, but when Tom Savage was injured during Week 17, Osweiler regained the throne.

However, it was reported that during halftime of Week 17, Osweiler and Bill O’Brien were having an argument, and the argument involved the claim that, “O’Brien was only playing Osweiler because O’Brien needed him.”

Um what? Well Brock, here is how the depth chart works. When you become the backup, you are supposed to play when the starter gets hurt or benched for any reason. When that happens, the backup then plays. Brock, you were trash when you started and lost the starting job. It isn’t the best idea to start an argument with the dictator if you were trying to earn that starting spot back (after the chance was given with Savage’s injury). Yikes.

This was a disappointing argument for Texans’ fans at the time, as it really showed that Osweiler wasn’t built for this team and our QB situation would remain unsolved. However, as time passed, this argument ultimately led to himself being traded. Maybe not the second-worst moment depending on how you look at it. But originally, before the off-season, this was a rough moment in the Osweiler-era.