NFL Rumors: Houston Texans coach O’Brien non-committal on Brock Osweiler as starting QB

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The Houston Texans made the NFL playoffs this year but they were ousted and dominated in the AFC divisional round match-up against the New England Patriots. One of the priorities in the Texans’ offseason is to assess their quarterback situation and see if Brock Osweiler is a worthy starter in the league.

After their playoff loss to the Patriots, head coach Bill O’Brien was asked about Osweiler and his chance to return as a starter for the Texans next season. But the coach wasn’t confident to make a decision yet saying the team has to “evaluate everything.”

“Before I talk about those types of things, I have to evaluate it myself. I’ve got to talk to our coaching staff, get their input, personnel people, get their input. So I wouldn’t be a good head coach if I stood up here and said, this is what I’m planning to do. The game is less than 48 hours ago. We’re going to evaluate everything,” O’Brien told ESPN.

Osweiler turned into one of the overpaid QB in the league this season

This is bad news for Osweiler, whose starting job was already at risk at many points this season because of inconsistent play. This is bad news for the Texans as well as they signed the 26-year-old QB to a four-year $72 million contract hoping he’d be the quarterback for the team in the next few years. Only $37M is guaranteed in Osweiler’s deal but that is still too much for a QB who has struggled in the big games.

Osweiler was serviceable in the wild card win over the Oakland Raiders. He registered 168 passing yards on 14-of-25 completions with a touchdown but that came against a depleted Raiders squad. Osweiler was bad against the Patriots throwing three interceptions and only had a 13.9 quarterback rating.

With his last performance this season showing his inability to play effectively under center, the Texans and coach O’Brien might have no choice but to find another starting QB next season.

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