Brock Osweiler hopes to ‘write a great ending’ to Texans’ season
Brock Osweiler hopes to turn the page on a nightmarish start to his Houston Texans career by writing “a great ending” to it in the playoffs, starting with Saturday’s divisional-round match-up with the New England Patriots.
Osweiler arguably had his best game as a Texan in last weekend’s 27-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders. While Osweiler only went a pedestrian 14-of-25 for 168 yards and a touchdown, he didn’t turn the ball over, a shortcoming that plagued him throughout the regular season.
Osweiler was brought in to stabilize the Texans’ volatile quarterback position, signing a four-year, $72 million contract that included $37 million in guaranteed money. The Texans obviously were expecting a lot more out of their newly minted franchise quarterback, but Osweiler struggled mightily throughout the season.
All told, Osweiler posted awful numbers, completing only 59 percent of his passes while throwing only 15 touchdowns to 16 interceptions for a miserable 72.2 quarterback rating. But now that the postseason is here, Osweiler hopes to continue trending upward after last Saturday’s win.
“I don’t think there’s ever been a successful NFL season that didn’t have adversity somewhere in that season,” Osweiler said, via ESPN. “I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity at hand to truly write a great ending to this story.”
Things deteriorated so much on offense Texans head coach Bill O’Brien benched Osweiler in Week 15, replacing him with Tom Savage. Osweiler got the nod for the playoffs after Savage suffered a concussion in the season finale.
Osweiler insists the Texans offense got a boost of confidence as a result of the modest success enjoyed in the victory over the Raiders. But with the Texans opening as 16-point underdogs this week against the host Patriots, it’s not going to be easy.
As noted, Osweiler’s first season with the Texans has been an utter disaster. Nothing short of solid performance against the Patriots will leave the Texans organization a long time to contemplate the wisdom of their decision to bring Osweiler in … and if he’s even their starting quarterback next season.
In other words, win or lose, Osweiler better write one “great ending” come Saturday.