Texans Bench Brock Osweiler

Down 13-0 to the Jaguars in the second quarter, the Texans have benched quarterback Brock Osweiler in favor of Tom Savage. Osweiler, signed to a four-year, $72MM contract in the offseason, had completed just six of 11 passes for 48 yards and two interceptions during today’s contest.Brock Osweiler (vertical)

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Whether or not the switch is permanent is unclear, and could depend on how Savage performs for the rest of the game against Jacksonville. Head coach Bill O’Brien will surely address the issue following the game, and speak as to whether Savage will lead the Texans for the remainder of the season. Despite Osweiler’s poor play, Houston has still posted a 7-6 record has a 45% chance of making the postseason (per Football Outsiders), so the choice of starting quarterback still has major implications for the 2016 campaign.

Osweiler, 26, has been on the worst QBs in the NFL this season, as he’s completed less than 60% of his passes while averaging 5.8 yards per attempt and tossing 14 touchdowns against 14 interceptions. Given that he received $37MM in guarantees under the terms of his deal with the Texans, Osweiler will be extremely difficult to release before 2018. Theoretically, Houston could make him a post-June 1 cut next offseason, but the club would take on $19MM in dead money and wouldn’t realize any cap savings.

Savage, meanwhile, was a fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft, so he’s spent his entire career in Houston under the O’Brien regime. He played in two games during his rookie campaign, completing 10 of 19 attempts, but hasn’t seen any action since.

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9 comments on “Texans Bench Brock Osweiler

      • Kia Sportage Off-roader

        Nothing about my post mentioned him not being paid. I know he is being paid – he is under contract. Sitting the bench doesn’t void a contract.

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    • mikey

      Agreed. Bob McNair wanted to get him. It was even reported that bill o’brien didn’t even think he was that good. On bob’s head, they should just draft a quarterback this year, regardless of how good the class of quarterbacks in this draft is and try to get him to be at least average for the rest of the team to carry them to the playoffs.

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  1. bollo

    I’m glad Obrien had the stones to bench him. Too bad he can’t just cut him. I’m sure he would if he could. Elevated looks like a genius.

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    • hill

      Gutsy benching but probably overdue. The fact they rallied to Win doesn’t bode well for Osweiler. Dude has lost all confidence.

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  2. sportsjunkie24

    I could see them drafting watson this franchise likes the south carolina colleges

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