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

The best/worst Osweiler moment

The best Osweiler moment: To the bench he goes

Let’s face it, this was the best moment for any Texans’ fan in the Osweiler-era.

Brock Osweiler was finally benched.

After putting up with 16 weeks of unreliable quarterback play and numerous screw-ups, the message was finally sent that his contract did not mean he would get unlimited chances to get his job done right. It was a sweetener to watch Tom Savage led a comeback right when he was put in the game.

The very next game, Tom Savage had the Texans clinch a playoff spot with victory over the Bengals on a Thursday Night Football game (thanks to Randy Bullock’s missed go-ahead field goal attempt).

However, Savage’s streak came to an end as Osweiler was given the starting job back, but, there was a statement made when Osweiler was sent to the bench. The Texans weren’t going to win with him and it was time to move on.

The worst Osweiler moment: When Brock Osweiler was signed

This was the worst moment in the Osweiler-era. It’s obvious. He should’ve never been signed from Denver and the Houston Texans shouldn’t have given him that kind of money. Many people had doubted the signing, and I was one of the few positive souls out there.

Bill O’Brien, the current dictator of the Houston Texans’ franchise, didn’t even meet with Osweiler

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before this deal took place. It was right away when free agency started, and I have a feeling Rick Smith didn’t consult anybody for a second opinion. It all happened in a flash, and Osweiler was given the check and playbook before we even knew it. This tells you a lot about how the Houston Texans franchise used to run, and I can’t tell you if it’s any better or worse as of right now.

Clearly the doubters were correct, as, in the next offseason, the Houston Texans had to give the Cleveland Browns a 2nd-round pick to take Osweiler and his contract. While Osweiler only lasted a year, his time, unfortunately, took up the time when the Texans defense was at its best. Brock essentially threw away the year of prime AJ Bouye, Whitney Mercilus, and Jadeveon Clowney.

Osweiler’s season in Houston will be remembered by many as a loose screw. I take it as a learning experience, though it was clear that that would just be an understatement. Next time when an NFL team ends up in a desperate situation, no NFL player should be given $72 million with only seven games of experience.


I was trying to figure out how to end this trip down memory lane. But then I figured that there is no better way to end a throwback story than by comparing it to the current era. So, without further ado, here are the highlights of Deshaun Watson’s recent season.

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It looks so beautiful, doesn’t it? The wide receivers look so much more into it with Watson than they ever looked with Osweiler/Savage. After seeing a QB throwing a fumble, this is so refreshing in my eyes. Writing this article made me further appreciate Watson because I nearly forgot how horrible our QB situation was without him. But hey, maybe we wouldn’t have gotten Watson if it wasn’t for the Osweiler experiment. Guess you have to lose some to win some. Right?