After Houston signed Brock Osweiler to a two-year contract – essentially stealing Peyton Manning’s heir apparent from the Denver Broncos – Texans fans, you would think, would be elated. You would think this is a fan base certainly with playoff aspirations and probably a little more – maybe even a lot more.
Well, not necessarily.
“I think there’s this perception around the country that people in Houston are all of a sudden convinced that Brock Osweiler is the answer,” SportsRadio 610’s Mike Meltser said on CBS Sports Radio’s After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “What I feel across the city is that there is optimism, there’s maybe guarded optimism. I think there’s also some skepticism when you sign a guy with seven career starts under his belt, but I do think there is an overall feeling that you got to, at some point, start somebody at quarterback who has a chance to be your future – and Brock Osweiler certainly fits that. Will he be the future at quarterback for the Texans moving forward after the two years of $37 million? I think that very much remains to be seen.”
Still, Osweiler, 25, figures to be a vast improvement over the likes of Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett, T.J. Yates, Brandon Weeden, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum and others.
“This is a coaching staff and a front office that passed on a lot of quarterbacks in the draft in 2014,” Meltser said. “They have gone the retread route to do the stop-gap thing. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Hoyer – you can’t keep going seasons without at some point trying to invest in that position. So to me, they have a few options. They could trade up for Carson Wentz or Jared Goff. That was going to be hard from 22. They could’ve sat back and drafted Connor Cook or maybe Paxton Lynch. I don’t know if that would have been better. This option was to sign Brock Osweiler. They had to do something at quarterback this offseason. I think people are intrigued. He’s got a big arm, he’s got really good size obviously and he seems like a big kid – but people have been through this with Matt Schaub, and I think Matt had a solid career in Houston.
“I guess what I’m ultimately saying,” Meltser continued, “is that I think people are very interested, they’re intrigued, they’e optimistic. But I don’t think the collective feeling in Houston is ‘Yes, we have definitely found our answer.’ I think the feeling in Houston is ‘We’re glad the organization has put a stake in the ground. Now we’ll see how it works out.’”