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It’s difficult to imagine a much worse-scenario than the one the Texans were forced to deal with regarding the quarterback position following the 2016 season. GM Rick Smith had been bashful when it came to acquiring high profile passers in his time in Houston, but Head Coach Bill O’Brien was pleading for a change.
Enter Brock Osweiler.
Osweiler’s time with the Texans resembled that of the first-year quarterbacks in the XFL. Their excuse, not having more than a few weeks to develop a rapport with the pass catchers as well as constructing game-plans, was more adequate than Osweiler’s. Nonetheless, the outcome was the same – passers lacking any type of synchronicity with the men hired to catch said passes.
The Texans offense was forced into such a dilution of its complex self, that predictability became, oh I don’t know, the 25th biggest problem with the lackluster unit. O’Brien was forced to operate a vanilla scheme predicated on routes that lacked reads and typically went in a straight line (flies, drags deep digs or outs) and Osweiler still struggled.
The ex-Denver Bronco’s mechanics were sloppy and lazy. He often dropped his arm angle taking away any touch or catchability to his passes. He had no idea when to throw the fastball or the change-up often surprising Texans receivers.
The strangest part about this entire saga was the number of balls that fluttered out of his hands inexplicably. Not unlike watching an infant trying to throw a football, the pigskin would slip out and end up nowhere in the general vicinity of his intended target.
Osweiler quickly became timid fading away from throws, burying his head and taking too many easy sacks. From day one, he struggled to progress through reads often staring at targets, but the problem only grew as the season did too.
His slow wind up didn’t help matters and it showed with the number of times the ball went directly to a defender or a route was jumped with little difficultly. He made sure everything around him was clean before making a decision to throw (i.e. the pass rush) and was often late on throws because of this poor habit. He never threw the ball before he saw that the coast was clear and the Texans offense had no anticipation in the passing-game.
Whether he was stationary in the pocket, randomly sailing the ball a solid 10 feet over the receiver’s head, or throwing lay up interceptions, the entire season is one I’m sure Osweiler would like to forget – or maybe not. After all, his bank account will certainly console his bruised ego.