The Houston Texans have acquired QB Brock Osweiler from the Denver Broncos. On the heels of Peyton Manning’s retirement, the Broncos had hoped to hang onto Osweiler, but alas, the Texans’ four year $72 million contract was an offer Osweiler couldn’t refuse.
Coach Bill O’Brien said of the young QB, “We study all these guys. We watch their [regular-season] tape [and] their preseason tape. When you threw the tape on from [last season], it was impressive. He played in some very tough games, some very meaningful games…It’s not easy to be a starting quarterback in this league. It’s one of the most difficult things in sports to do. I think we got the right guy.”
Brock Osweiler was drafted out of Arizona State in the second round in 2012 to the Denver Broncos and spent his first four years as Manning’s backup. Osweiler’s former coach at ASU, Dennis Erickson has gone on record complimenting his athletic ability and leadership skills, certain that his best days are ahead of him. Osweiler saw little to no action during his first three years in the Denver regime. Last season, Osweiler had a career high of 1,967 yards and 10 touchdowns after starting in seven games/appearing in eight. According to reports, Osweiler was unsatisfied with how the Championship team utilized him last year and he is ready to move forward.
Of his decision to join the Texans team, Osweiler said, “It was very difficult. I’d be lying to you if I said anything else. I had a tremendous four seasons there in Denver and those are four years that I’ll always hold close to my heart. But bottom line, coming to Houston was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.”
In addition to drafting a QB, the Texans also were able to sign free-agent running back Lamar Miller. Quarterback and Running Back were two of the positions the Texans needed most. Now that they have added some new blood to the roster, they are setting themselves up to be serious contenders next season.
The Texans are shaping up to be a serious contender next season with J.J Watt remaining unmatched defensively; DeAndre Hopkins’ ability to catch anything; and knowing that a healthy Jadeveon Clowney is a forced to be reckoned with.
“I know this team already has guys in the locker room who bring leadership, who bring hard work to the table; but my biggest deal, I just want to do my job,” he said. “And I want to contribute to this team in a positive manner and do whatever it takes to get that world championship.”
“What I see with this football team is something special,” he said. “I believe this organization is on the cusp of doing something great and that’s something that I want to be a part of.”
Here’s hoping Osweiler will flourish in Texans’ system and take the team to a Championship.