Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler turned in another subpar performance Sunday, completing 22 of 37 passes for 246 yards and three interceptions in a 21-13 loss to the Chargers. Houston, which was in the driver’s seat in the AFC South a couple weeks ago, fell to 6-5 in the process and now holds a tenuous grip on the division lead. Despite that, the team won’t replace Osweiler with backup Tom Savage in an attempt to jump-start its offense, head coach Bill O’Brien declared Sunday (via Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com).
After spending the first four seasons of his career as Peyton Manning‘s backup in Denver, Osweiler, 26, hit the open market last winter and inked a four-year, $72MM pact with the quarterback-desperate Texans. The deal also includes $37MM in guarantees for Osweiler, who hasn’t come close to living up to his contract in Year 1. The 6-foot-8, 235-pounder has been among the worst starters in the NFL, in fact, having tossed more picks than scores (13 to 12) while completing just 59.5 percent of his passes and averaging a paltry 5.68 yards per attempt.
The Texans’ Osweiler-led offense entered Sunday 28th in the league in points per game (18.1), 30th in yardage and dead last in DVOA, Notably, superstar wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has also been far less productive with Osweiler at the helm than he was with the cavalcade of mediocre-at-best signal-callers who lined up under center in Houston from 2013-15. Nevertheless, with significant money invested in Osweiler and uninspiring options in Savage and Brandon Weeden behind him, the Texans will stay the course as they attempt to win their second straight division title.
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