As was the case in virtually every game he started in a considerably disappointing first season in Houston, Osweiler underwhelmed Saturday, and his mistakes ultimately sealed the
The game plan coming into the game was to lean on Lamar Miller, who had 31 of the team's 44 rushing attempts, but Osweiler was effective in spurts and scrambled for 15 yards, including a one-yard touchdown run. He got comfortable throwing to the tight ends early, then started connecting with wideout DeAndre Hopkins, and didn't turn the ball over. That was enough for head coach Bill O'Brien to return Osweiler to the starting job he'd lost in Week 14. He was ably assisted by the league's top-ranked defense (301.3 ypg), which forced three turnovers. This was a good complementary game for the Texans, who will need a similar recipe next weekend.
O'Brien chalked it up to the intensity of the game while Osweiler prefers to keep the incident between himself and the coach. Each said they were focused on Saturday afternoon's playoff game against the Raiders. Osweiler acquitted himself well when filling in last week for Tom Savage, who has been ruled out for the wild-card round due to a concussion. Brandon Weeden, active for the just third time this season, will back up Osweiler on Saturday. We suspect O'Brien will have a long leash, no matter how many intense football conversations he has with Osweiler.
Head coach Bill O'Brien named
Tom Savage took over as the starting quarterback for the last two games of the season given Osweiler's lackluster play all year. However, Savage suffered a concussion in Week 17's loss to the Titans and still has not passed concussion protocol testing, prompting the team to move ahead with Osweiler under center for the playoffs. The 26-year-old did face the Raiders earlier in the season, completing 26 of 39 attempts for 243 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the loss. O'Brien said of the decision to start Osweiler, "He's been a pro. He's been studying like he's the starter. He hasn't changed at all. He's ready to go." Savage will be the No. 2 option on the depth chart, should he clear concussion protocol, otherwise Brandon Weeden will assume the role as the backup.
Osweiler came into the game near the beginning of the second quarter after starter Tom Savage was removed due to a concussion. He failed to lead the team to any points in the first half, but connected with tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz from four yards out early in the third quarter before adding his rushing score late in the fourth. While it's unclear who the
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