After two years of searching for a quarterback that can lead them into contention for the AFC South Title for seasons to come, the Houston Texans finally found their guy. Last week the Texans signed former Broncos quarterback, Brock Osweiler to a four-year $72 million dollar contract. Osweiler was supposed to be the heir apparent to future Hall of Famer, Peyton Manning, who retired last week as starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos.
Conflicting reports state that Osweiler was offended by the benching that occurred in the last game of the season against the San Diego Chargers. Manning came in relief, and the Broncos secured home-field advantage throughout the postseason.
From that day forward, Osweiler would never see action as the Broncos starting quarterback. Brock has recently denied any rumors of him being upset by the turn of events that led to his benching as the Broncos starting quarterback.
He now has an opportunity to work with a head coach that has worked with quarterbacks such as Tom Brady and a mastermind at the head coach position in Bill Belichick. Many would argue that Brady had been already an efficient quarterback before Bill O’Brien came on board as a Patriots assistant.
Coach O’Brien will have the opportunity to show that he is indeed a ‘quarterback whisperer.” The phrase “quarterback whisperer” is used to categorize respective head coaches that have a successful track record working with signal callers.
Notable “quarterback whisperers” in the game right now are Bruce Arians, Andy Reid, and Sean Payton. As of right now, O’Brien is nowhere near the level of those play callers that were mentioned. O’Brien has played “musical chairs” with the quarterback position in Houston so far.
However; he would manage to make his first trip to the postseason as Texans head coach off the efforts of backup quarterback Brandon Weeden. For some odd reason, he would go back to Brian Hoyer, who performed miserably against the Kansas City Chiefs in the wild-card round of the playoffs.
The Texans got dismantled 30-0 in their loss against the red-hot Chiefs at the time. The embarrassing home loss against the Chiefs was conscious finally kicking O’Brien in the rear end, telling him that he needed a viable option at the quarterback position.
Hopefully, O’Brien will not be too conservative with Osweiler and the rest of the Texans offense, as Gary Kubiak is with Denver. I have stated before that there was no reason for the Broncos offense, to be that conservative with the weapons that they had in their arsenal.
At his disposal, Osweiler will have one of the best young wide receivers in the game to throw the football to in DeAndre Hopkins. On top of that, if Hopkins is getting double teamed, fellow wide receiver Jalen Strong is available to bail Osweiler out of trouble.
The sky is the limit for the Houston Texans; they must start off the 2016 season on a positive note. If not, it will make Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations; John Elway looks like he made a wise decision when he let Osweiler pursue open market.
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