Boomer Esiason has a simple message for Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler.
“Pressure is a privilege,” he said during a CBS Sports conference call Tuesday. “When you sign a big contract to be a starting quarterback for a franchise like the Houston Texans with high hopes and expectations, trying to get to the next level, these are all things I would think from Brock Osweiler’s point of view, are exactly what you want.
“I don’t know if there is a player at his position in the league that will be under as much scrutiny as Brock Osweiler will be. For me, I would say, ‘Bring it on,’ I’d love it and hopefully he will have a great year.”
Despite the off-season back and forth between John Elway and Osweiler on his free agent departure from Denver to Houston, Esiason believes Brock was in a good environment last year that quarterbacks would drool over. He was able to learn from a Hall of Famer (Peyton Manning), have a Hall of Famer as a General Manager in Elway and having a coach in Gary Kubiak that wanted to run the ball and play great defense.
Osweiler took some beatings in games filling in for Manning and that toughness grabbed the attention of Phil Simms.
“When he was in there he withstood some tremendous hits,” Simms explained. “He would get hit and sometimes blown right off the screen. It was like they wiped him out. So he can take the pressure, he definitely has the courage to do it.”
But beyond the durability, Simms raved about the quarterback’s decision making.
“I remember saying to Gary Kubiak, Brock Osweiler made the right decision on every play of the game and I remember Kubiak going, ‘Yes he did.’ His decision making was absolutely tremendous last year. I don’t see that changing down there in Houston. They’ve got good speed, the good defense- man that defense plays hard, so there is a lot going on for Houston.”
Osweiler isn’t the only addition to an offense now flush with playmakers but depleted for the time being at offensive line until Duane Brown and Derek Newton return.
Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher added that the Texans already had one of the top wide receivers in the league in DeAndre Hopkins and added Will Fuller and Braxton Miller to the mix.
“I think they (Fuller & Miller) are going to have a significant impact and also Jadeveon Clowney has looked very good so far in the preseason,” Cowher said. “You get J.J. Watt back healthy, this team has got some weapons. They have depth, some youth and speed.”
Simms went a little further with his prediction.
“If I had to pick a team to win the division I absolutely would not hesitate, it would be the Houston Texans,” he said. “They have a chance to win the division and get themselves in a position where they can make a good run for it in the playoffs.”
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