The Houston Texans gambled on a quarterback that had only started seven games in his four years in the league. A $72 million gamble. Now, this Sunday, they will see if the gamble begins to pay off as Brock Oweiler and the Texans host the Chicago Bears in the 2016 NFL season opener. His coach, Bill O’Brien has the utmost respect for his new star.
”He’s come in here and done exactly what we’ve asked him to do,” O’Brien said. ”He’s worked extremely hard … in order to understand our offense basically like a coach does, you have to put in a lot of time. He has certainly done that.”
For the humble Osweiler, the chance to lead a team of his own that has potential to get to the playoffs is all the upside he needed to leave a comfy job in Denver and his confidence continues to soar.
”My confidence continues to grow every single day,” Osweiler said. ”It definitely grows every single time I step on the game field because you can’t really replace anything with game reps, so the more I’m able to (practice) this offense, the more comfortable I become with it.”
Brock Osweiler left the Denver Broncos franchise in a tiff after being benched and replaced by Peyton Manning after the latter returned from a foot injury. The move left a very sour taste in the young quarterbacks mouth and his mouth made sure everyone who could hear it heard. Then a lowball offer by the Broncos and a great offer (4-year $72 million) by the Texans sealed the deal for the former Arizona State alum who was soon on his way to Texas.
“Brock looks good so far,” Texans linebacker Brian Cushing said after last Tuesday’s session as a smile crossed his face. “When you say his name I get excited. He’s made some incredible throws. It seems like every practice he’s getting better, which is frustrating right now because it’s coming against us. But once the season comes along it’s going to be awesome to see what he brings to this team.”
The Houston Texans will open their 2014 Training Camp on Saturday July 26th and will is presented b XFINITY.
In the meantime, much maligned receiver Andre Johnson is still looking at a way out of Houston and most pundits think that the Patriots, Seahawks or Broncos will be where he ends up with an outside shot in Cleveland where he would have to take considerably less money then his current asking price.