Fresh off a performance that most Texans fans thought was the worst they'd ever seen from a quarterback, Houston made the decision to sign Brock Osweiler away from the Denver Broncos a couple of months ago. Although Rick Smith and Bill O'Brien made it clear that they did their homework on Osweiler before deciding to pursue him in free agency, there's admittedly not a lot of data to cite as proof that Osweiler will succeed as a QB1. To that end, healthy skepticism about Osweiler's ability to be "the man" is reasonable.
With that in mind, I ask you whether you believe this piece by Rotoworld's Patrick Daugherty, in which he ranks every NFL team's quarterback situation, goes too far.
29. Texans, Brock Osweiler
Texans' 2015 Ranking: 31
Maybe Brock Osweiler really is worth $72 million. All we know for sure is that he’s a 25-year-old former second-rounder with 11 career touchdowns. The last time Osweiler was on the field, he was getting benched for the remains of Peyton Manning. Osweiler offers ideal size, plus athleticism and a decent arm, but had glaring flaws as a first-year starter. Osweiler suffered numerous second half implosions, and often failed to see beyond his first read. When option one was covered, Osweiler tended to hold onto the ball too long before taking a sack. That’s the glass half empty assessment of his arrival in Houston. If we want to get half full about it, Osweiler will be working with a coach who has made Christian Hackenberg and Brian Hoyer watchable. Bill O’Brien clearly believes Osweiler can be molded into something. Some benefit of the doubt is warranted here. The same can be said for healthy skepticism.
That No. 29 ranking means, in Daugherty's eyes, only three teams in the NFL are worse off at the most important position on the field--the 49ers, Browns, and Jets. Based upon the limited sample size, I understand the reluctance to crown Brock Osweiler as a long-term answer under center, and I can even understand thinking that Osweiler's contract is onerous (though it's really not). But to say that 28 other teams are in better shape at quarterback than the Texans right now? What say you, wholly unbiased audience?