By Paul Gallant, SportsRadio 610By Paul Gallant

HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Brock Osweiler took a couple of steps forward during the Texans’ 27 – 20 loss to the Raiders in Mexico City.

But Sunday’s 21 – 13 loss to the Chargers was definitely a step backwards for the Texans quarterback. He was intercepted 3 times thanks to 2 inaccurate throws and a game ending Hail Mary into traffic.

Those misfires lead to an obvious question – again – as the Texans try to maintain a 1 game lead atop the AFC South: Do Osweiler’s teammates have confidence in him?

“Yeah, of course,” answered a laughing Whitney Mercilus. “Whoever we’ve got out there on the field we’re always going to ride with. It doesn’t matter. At the end of the day, somebody has to go out there and play ball. We’re going to ride with the 11 guys on offense, on defense, and special teams, and go out there and play at the best of our ability.”

Well what about Osweiler’s confidence?

“I don’t feel like his confidence is shaken at all,” responded Texans tackle Duane Brown. “I think he’s been the same guy every day in here. From what I can tell, from what he shows us, he’s always a positive guy. Very motivated and even keeled.”

Brown seems to think that Osweiler’s struggles were part of a team effort.

“We didn’t really do our best in pass protection to keep him still and give him the best chance to operate,” continued Brown. “That’s probably what we can do to help his confidence if anything.”

This season has been ripe with Texans players repeating themselves this year. And when Brown was asked what Osweiler brings to the table, I heard a lot of the same words being drawn from the Texans’ well.

“He’s an extremely hard worker,” said Brown. “He’s a great leader in this locker room. He comes to work every day. Like I said he’s very even keeled. The same guy. No mood swings. No up and downs. And we can all respect that. No matter what’s being said about him outside of here, he comes in with the same attitude and the same positivity every day. He’s a great leader, and we definitely have a lot of confidence in him.”

But no matter how hard or works – or how great a leader he is – you can’t deny that the Texans’ offense is statistically one of the league’s worst. And even Duane Brown isn’t quite sure why.

“We have the firepower to. We have the players to. I feel like we should,” stated Brown, who then paused. “I can’t really put my finger on why it’s not the case, but I feel we definitely have the talent to do it.”

I can’t speak for what was going through Brown’s mind during that pause, but I’m pretty sure I know what every Texans fan was thinking.

Paul Gallant hosts “Gallant at Night” – Tuesdays 9-11 PM, Wednesdays 8-11 PM, and Fridays 8-11 PM on SportsRadio 610. He also hosts SportsZone Unfiltered – Fridays at 10 PM – on The Kube: Channel 57. Get in touch with Paul via email or his facebook page.


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