Brock Oswelier, the $72 million man who signed with the Houston Texans in the offseason, was benched early in Sunday’s game against the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars after throwing for just 48 yards and two interceptions on six completions in the first half. Osweiler has looked like a complete bust this season after showing some promise while backing up Peyton Manning in Denver last year, throwing for just 14 touchdowns as well as 14 interceptions and just over 2,500 yards. His passer rating of 73.4 and completion percentage of 59.7% are both below his career averages, and today’s game seemed to have been the straw that broke the camels back for Bill O’Brien and his staff.
Instead of Houston’s supposed next franchise quarterback, the Texans have turned to veteran Tom Savage, who has been with the team since 2014. Many NFL experts thought that signing Osweiler to a big contract was a big risk, and he certainly has proved their concerns to be accurate. General manager John Elway of the Denver Broncos took a lot of heat for not re-signing the six-foot seven inch quarterback after throwing for just under 2,000 yards and ten touchdowns while replacing Manning, but Elway obviously knew something that the average fan didn’t. Although Osweiler threw 10 touchdowns, he also threw six interceptions, and his propensity for turning the ball over was probably a huge red flag for Elway. His height would definitely have been nice to have in a starting quarterback, but his overall body of work and play during the games he played in was suspect, much of which is a nice way of putting Osweiler’s play in 2016 in words.
The bottom line is, the Denver Broncos and John Elway look like geniuses for not signing Brock Osweiler back, while the Houston Texans look the opposite. In all fairness, teams can never truly know how a big-time acquisition will play for them, but if their franchise quarterback history tells us anything, where Houston has used nine different starting quarterbacks compared to Denver’s six since 2011, Houston and Osweiler were doomed from the start.