Last year, Brock Osweiler was the worst quarterback to start the majority of the 2016 NFL season. He was given $21 million dollars last year to do this. Since that happened, the trade, why Osweiler failed in Houston, and whose palms are seeped with crimson have been talking points amongst Texans fans. The owner of the Houston Texans, Bob McNair, is no different. He decided to weigh in on the topic like the rest of us simpletons during Monday’s NFL Owners Meetings.
Regarding the team trading Brock Osweiler to the Browns, McNair said:
“It was a shocker for me."
“I couldn't believe that Rick was able to pull it off. It's unbelievable. Everybody around the league, their jaws are still hanging open.”
"It's something no one thought (about), and I think other people have looked at that, and they've been trying to do the same thing without success."
Yes, the Osweiler trade was a real shocker when it first happened. It was great. So super duper. The Texans erased most of Osweiler’s contract from their cap sheet and gave up a second round pick to make it happen. Win-win.
Except now, the trade is really bad. Yes, Tony Romo hasn’t signed anywhere, and there are other quarterbacks hanging around. But until something happens, this is a bad trade. Until Houston puts their cap space to use, losing a second round pick to clean up a sour locker room isn’t worth it.
Regarding Osweiler’s failure in Houston, McNair said:
“We didn't now Brock well enough. Coach (Bill O'Brien) didn't have a chance to get to know him.”
"That's one of the problems with free agency. In the draft, we're able to bring them to Houston, sit down with them, watch them get interviewed by a bunch of coaches, and you have time to check them out.”
"You can't talk to them before they become a free agent. You can't work them out. We didn't know him that well."
Ahhh, that’s the stuff. Okay. The problem wasn’t that the Texans didn’t know Osweiler. The problem is that Osweiler was a below average quarterback in Denver, and Houston rewarded him because they were desperate for quarterback since they delayed making a real decision at the position from the end of 2013 to the spring of 2016. Osweiler didn’t fail in Houston because of his personality or because his five core principles didn’t match Bill O’Brien’s. He failed because he is too inaccurate to sustain an offense. No matter how many dates you go on with a free agent, something like inaccuracy isn’t going to show itself. It has to be found in the film. The Texans needed a quarterback; they signed an awful one because of need. No interview or fireside chats were going to glean some life-changing epiphany.
Although McNair owns the team, I wouldn’t listen to anything this man says when it comes to football. The same guy said in Week 13 that Osweiler played as well as Aaron Rodgers because of total passing yards. Ignore this revisionist history all together.