By Adam Spolane

Since signing with the Texans in March, negativity has swirled around Brock Osweiler. First it was the cries that he didn’t deserve the 4-year, $72 million contract ($37 million guaranteed) in the first place. Then there was the bitterness from John Elway and everyone else in Denver, and Osweiler’s play through seven games only made things worse, but if you think it might have affected the quarterback, you’d be wrong.

“He’s handled himself great,” Texans left tackle Duane Brown said after the Texans 20-13 week 8 win over the Detroit. “Being in here with him daily you wouldn’t realize that there’s so much being said about him based on his demeanor.”

Following a disastrous night in Denver where he threw for 131 yards on 41 pass attempts, Osweiler bounced back against the Lions. He doubled his yards/attempt average from six days before, and completed 69 percent of his passes, the highest completion percentage he’s had all season. The noise that came from that historically bad outing in Denver could’ve broken some players, but not so with Osweiler.

“He’s a confident guy, (the criticism) doesn’t affect him at all,” Texans tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz told SportsRadio610 Sunday. “I don’t even know if he looks at that stuff. He’s from (Idaho), but he doesn’t pay attention to that, he’s still the same guy everyday. He’s Brock. That’s our leader.”

Osweiler’s performance on Sunday won’t silence critics, nor should it, but the way he recovered from the disappointment in Denver proved something to his teammates.

“That’s a lot on a quarterback, a lot of pressure. For him to come out here today and throw the ball well just shows you what kind of guy he is and what kind of leader he is,” Fiedorowicz said.

No position in sports is scrutinized more than the quarterback. Osweiler spent four seasons in the NFL before signing with the Texans, but never has he had the spotlight on him the way he does now. The way he’s carried himself since March has impressed his teammates, including Brown, the longest tenured Texan.

“It’s not easy to have that much scrutiny and criticism coming from all angles,” he said. “To continue to come in daily and to keep the same attitude and be the same guy every day. That’s what he is, the same guy everyday. Very optimistic, very upbeat, always trying to hype everybody up.”

Second year running back Alfred Blue also sees how Osweiler reacts to the criticism he’s gotten.

“He blocks it out,” he said. “He comes in here everyday, blocks it out, and goes to work. He puts it behind it. You can’t dwell on it, dwell on the last game, you can only learn from it and move forward. Ain’t nothing you can do about it after it’s done, so he comes in, he’s a great leader. He leads this offense, the team. He’s a leader in the locker room.”

Brock Osweiler hasn’t been good on the field through eight games in 2016, but despite underachieving as the new guy with the big contract his teammates remain firmly behind him.


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