Outside of Broncos fans, the two loudest critics of the Houston Texans' decision to sign Brock Osweiler to be their new starter at quarterback have been Sam Monson and Jason La Canfora. The latter has doubled down on his doomsday prediction of the Osweiler-Texans marriage in his latest piece for CBS Sports, where he separates all 32 projected NFL starting quarterbacks into tiers that he claims "...quantify clusters of quarterbacks in a fairly cogent manner."
As you might expect for someone who previously wrote that he expected Osweiler's time in Houston to "[leave] a fair amount of carnage in its wake," La Canfora placed the Texans' new starting quarterback in his sixth tier of NFL QBs, subtly entitled "Good luck with these guys" and described as follows:
It's generally not very pretty and while some of these guys came into the league with a lot of hype and high draft selection, consider me (in general) a distinct non-believer. Many of them make a lot of money ... which speaks more to the overall state of quarterbacking in the NFL than it does to their actual on-field accomplishments. Buyer beware; they'll do just enough just enough of the time to make some think they can actually get it done, which can be a very dangerous combination for general managers.
Well, that doesn't sound like Brock will be in good company. And sure enough, he isn't, as La Canfora puts Osweiler in a group that includes Sam Bradford and Blaine Gabbert. Let's see what La Canfora wrote about Osweiler specifically...
Brock Osweiler QB / Houston Texans
It's a huge gamble to pay him big bucks, and color me a skeptic at this point. I don't see the upside in him some others apparently do. He's a system guy to me who now must produce immediately based on the mega-contract he got from a team with expectations of a long playoff run.
Those first two sentences, I have zero complaints about. The Texans did gamble on Osweiler. Being skeptical of his ability to thrive after only seven starts is legitimate. Questioning Osweiler's upside is also entirely fair. As fans invested in the Texans' success, you may not like La Canfora's assessment thus far, but it's hard to disagree that those are objectively reasonable positions to take.
But after that...
Brock Osweiler is a system guy? How so? And which system? The system he was drafted into under John Fox, then offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, and then quarterbacks coach Adam Gase? Or the system he played under for one year under Gary Kubiak? What about either of those systems and Osweiler's performance in same would make an unbiased observer declare that Osweiler was merely a product of that system?
How would you answer those questions? Do you find any credence La Canfora's placement of Osweiler among his peers? How about the second half of La Canfora's analysis? The floor is open for your comments.