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When Cheap Shots Backfire: Brock Osweiler Speaks

Houston’s last Texan-made millionaire still blasting Bill O’Brien.

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio ran a piece highlighting commentary from former Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler where it seems Osweiler blames Bill O’Brien and George Godsey for his poor decision making last season.

Florio cites the Akron Beacon Journal’s recent article on Osweiler, which included this quote:

“The best part is I’m getting coached hard on my fundamentals,” Osweiler said Wednesday before the second practice of mandatory minicamp. “And I believe firmly that when your fundamentals and your feet are right as a quarterback, you’re going to make great decisions and you’re going to throw accurate footballs.

“I think that’s something that slid last season. I’m not going to go into great detail on that, but they did. My fundamentals slid, and because of that, you saw some poor decisions and some poor throws. If you go back to 2015, I feel like my fundamentals were pretty tight.”

Fundamental 101: The ball must move forward with the throwing motion.

It’s certainly relevant since a lack of fundamentals can lead to tossing interceptions, not looking off safeties, and, oh yeah, throwing fumbles.

However, when a quarterback sits behind Peyton Manning for years, helps lead a team to the Super Bowl, and lives with John Elway for a time prior to cashing a $37 million check, you’d think focusing on fundamentals and personal accountability would would be a given.

The Beacon Journal went on to subtly take its own shot back:

“I want to be the starter of this team, and I’m working every single day to put myself in a position to earn that starting job,” said Osweiler, who was intercepted Wednesday by undrafted rookie safety Kai Nacua.

Apparently the folks in Ohio aren’t all aboard the Brockweiler Express either. Particularly head coach and perceived quarterback whisperer Hue Jackson.

...all of Osweiler’s repetitions in minicamp have been with the second-team offense while rookie DeShone Kizer and Cody Kessler have shared first-team snaps.

What do you think? Should the same coach who got the most out of perennial backups Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Hoyer also shoulder the blame for ruining Brock Osweiler’s chances in H-Town? Or is this simply one more snapshot of a guy trying to run damage control and doing it as poorly as he ran the Texans offense?