The Houston Texans signed Brock Osweiler to a $72 million contract because they thought he was a franchise quarterback. Seven games into his Texans tenure, however, he’s been anything but.
Osweiler is completing 58.2 percent of his passes and has eight touchdowns and eight interceptions on the season. He’s completed just 52.4 percent of his passes for one touchdown and three interceptions in Houston’s three losses.
Isn’t this cause for concern?
“I think most of those things are fixable,” former All-Pro linebacker DeMeco Ryans said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “You want to see the quarterback be more accurate. You want to see better quarterback play out of Brock Osweiler. Everyone was very high on Brock coming into Houston (and thought), ‘We finally got that great quarterback that we needed.’ But the play just hasn’t been there. So I think he just has to work on the accuracy and they have to work on getting better protection for him as well. You can’t pay a quarterback that much and then not protect him like he needs to be protected. It’s a lot of issues with that offense. The defense is playing well, but if the offense finds a way to start improving and score some points, they can definitely win their division.”
Ostweiler was especially bad against Denver on Monday night. He finished 22-of-41 for 131 yards in the 27-9 loss and failed to lead a single touchdown drive.
“Some of it’s just basic out routes and routes in the flat to the tight end and the running back that he’s just missing on,” Ryans said. “These are high-percentage throws, which are under seven yards. These are throws that NFL quarterbacks should be making. I think that’s part of the uproar around Houston because (there are) simple throws he needs to be making that he’s not making. He looks more comfortable (when they go up-tempo), but when they start to move slow and methodical, it’s just not there for him.”
Ryans, who played for the Texans from 2006-11, was also asked about Arian Foster, with whom he played for three seasons. Foster, 30, retired on Monday.
“A grinder, a hard worker, a guy who cam into the league as a free agent,” Ryans said, when asked to describe Foster. “Not many teams wanted this guy, but he’s just a guy that showed that hard work and effort – you can really be successful if you want to put the work in and you want to be great. You can do that. Arian proved that to a lot of people. When he came into Houston, no one expected him to be the star running back that he was in this league. It’s hard to see him retire, but playing the running back position is a tough position. You’re taking a lot of hits, and it takes a (toll) on the body.”
Ryans believes that Foster was mentally fatigued as well, especially after enduring so many injuries in recent years.
“I’m very surprised to see that he retired in the middle of the season,” Ryans said. “But from one standpoint, I do understand why he made the decision.”