There are two schools of thought surrounding Brock Osweiler and the Houston Texans. The first: Osweiler led the Texans to a 9-7 record, an AFC South title and a playoff win. And the second: Osweiler had more interceptions (16) than touchdown passes (15) this season, and he threw three picks in a 34-16 divisional playoff loss to the Patriots on Saturday.
Jamie Dukes subscribes to the latter school of thought, not the former. In fact, if he were running the Texans, he would tell Osweiler to have a nice day.
“He’s not the guy,” the former NFL offensive lineman and current NFL Network analyst said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “Take the lick on the cash, eat that guaranteed money and move on. I think it’s clear he has demonstrated he is not the guy. Sometimes bad investments happen. But the best thing about it, that coach can coach.”
That coach, of course, refers to Bill O’Brien, who has led the Texans to a 9-7 record in three straight seasons with quarterbacks named Fitzpatrick and Hoyer and Osweiler.
“For him to get his team to the playoffs two years in a row (is impressive),” Dukes said. “If you believe in the stories that are out there – and I don’t know this to be true about the owner and the head coach – somehow, someway, the coach is coaching that team that he built, he’s coaching that team up despite the fact that they don’t have a quarterback.”
The Texans, however, are unlikely to show Osweiler the door. On Monday, the franchise parted ways with offensive coordinator George Godsey, who will apparently take the fall for Osweiler’s shortcomings. Perhaps a different voice will resonate with the 26-year-old, but Dukes isn’t betting on it.
“There are guys that you see can be that guy,” he said. “I don’t believe he was that guy. I looked at what he did in Denver. I saw flashes. I saw basically a .500 quarterback. That’s what he was this year. So based on that, if anything, bring him back and draft a kid. But to me, clearly, long-term, I don’t see him being the guy.”
Neither did John Elway, who offered Osweiler some money, but as much as the Texans did.
Said Dukes, “John Elway said ‘I kind of like you, but I don’t love you like that.’”