Captain Checkdown

There was a lot to be bent about if you’re a Texans fan, but at the top of the list is one Brock Alan Osweiler. I think we all know why John Elway let him walk in the offseason. And I’m still not entirely sure why the Texans signed him for $72Mill. That’s a fat check for Captain Checkdown.

Bill O’Brien was saying before the game that a big reason he wanted Osweiler was because he didn’t back down against the Pats last season and ended up beating them in overtime. Everything O’Brien wants in a qb was on display in that game. He said as much earlier this week: “That was a very, very tough game. He wasn’t perfect, but he really hung in there. He took some shots. You could tell that he was tough, that he was going to keep his eyes down field, and try his best to complete the pass while the rush was bearing down on him.”

Too bad that guy didn’t show up last night. O’Brien went to school on that game. Unfortunately, so did Belichick, and the result, was a disaster. Osweiler was a complete mess. And if it wasn’t for the fact that DeAndre Hopkins has the freakiest hands and a crazy catch radius, it would’ve been even worse.

You hear it all the time – the Texans have a lot of weapons. But they don’t seem to have a guy who can get it to them. 24 of 41, for less than 200 yards, 1 pick, and a lot of checkdowns. You know it’s a bad night when Ryan Griffin has twice as many receptions as Hopkins.

Afterwards, Osweiler said: “I think any time an offense struggles to develop a rhythm, struggles scoring points, the first thing you have to examine is the quarterback. I’ll take the blame for this one. Anytime a team doesn’t score points, it’s on me.”

Very noble of you to step up and take the blame, but honestly, it wasn’t going anywhere else. Not when the team couldn’t score or get over midfield. That one’s squarely on you. Especially when the team backed up the Brinks truck for you and then you got outplayed by Jacoby Brissett.

“I’ll examine the tape very closely. I’ll become a better quarterback from this experience. Bottom line: I needed to play better to allow our team to have an opportunity to try to win the ballgame.”

Way to be, Brock. My man Rocco thinks you really stuck your neck out for that one

Except the worst part is, that’s not one bad night. Through three games, he has three touchdowns. And four picks. And is completing less than 60% of his passes. T.J. Yates could do that for a lot less money. That’s Brandon Weeden territory. Hell, Chad Henne could probably put up those numbers. You’re getting paid Tony Romo money and putting up Brian Hoyer numbers.


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