HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Texans quarterback Osweiler threw three interceptions in Sunday’s loss to the Chargers adding to his season long struggles that has Houston on a two game losing skid and hanging by a thread at the top of the AFC South.
Osweiler is well aware of the criticism from the outside and took the podium after the game Sunday and took the blame for the loss, Houston’s first at home in 2016. The stories around the sports networks and in local sports talk shows have made their way to Osweiler and the Texans. Osweiler admitted that the best thing to do is to be, “blocking out the outside noise” as it relates to the abundance of attacks against his play.
“Not a lot of people believe in us right now,” Osweiler said addressing the city and league wide criticism of his play. “I can promise you there’s no one that believes in this team more than myself.”
Among the 33 NFL quarterbacks tracked by Footballoutsiders.com in the DVOA category which gives a percentage score based on where a player is ranked based on his performance to that of the average player at his position, Osweiler is ranked 32nd among those players and is 26.8% worse than the average NFL starting quarterback.
“If the National Football League was easy, everybody would do it,” Osweiler said. “It’s a constant challenge, it’s a constant learning process, but it’s something I love. I love that challenge. Every single week isn’t going to be perfect, but that’s what makes those really good weeks special, that’s what makes those wins special, because we know how hard it is to be successful.”
With the Texans at 6-5, on a two game losing streak and three divisional games left on their schedule, including two on the road to their closest rivals Tennessee and Indianapolis left, Osweiler is well aware a turnaround needs to happen soon.
“I really think this two-game losing streak that we’re on, it’s going to set us up for a great story in the long run,” Osweiler said with an extra bit of confidence and optimism.
The Texans travel to Lambeau Field to face another strong starting quarterback in Aaron Rodgers, who despite his struggles this season, led the Packers to a win on Monday against the Eagles as they look to turn their own season around after losing the previous four games. Osweiler remained confident regarding their opponent.
“I really could not be more excited for the challenge this week, going to Lambeau Field, a very difficult place to play on the road. We’re playing a very well coached team, we’re playing a good football team,” Osweiler said.
Osweiler is no stranger to optimism, despite all of his struggles, his strongest trait perhaps may be his poise at the podium after losses, including those in which he struggled mightily in those defeats. Osweiler seemed ready to author a turnaround story that gets the Texans into the postseason.
“I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity at hand to truly write a great ending to this story,” Osweiler said.
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