HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The struggles of Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler have been well documented. In his first year as a full-time starter he’s been consistently inconsistent with several multi-turnover games, a pass rating that ranks him 31st in the NFL (74.2), and is now in the middle of the Texans first three game losing streak since 2014.
Despite Osweiler’s struggles, the Texans have had at least a share of first place in the AFC South since the start of the season.
Colts head coach Chuck Pagano praised Osweiler’s talent and physical tools during his conference call with the Houston media. He sympathises with Osweiler and the local and national criticism because he knows first hand what Osweiler can do in game winning situations.
“We got enough evidence from the end of (October 16th’s overtime loss to the Texans) to know that he’s a great football player and he can make plays and he can throw the ball and there’s not a throw that he can’t make,” Pagano said.
The Colts held a 23-9 lead mid-way through the fourth quarter and looked to have the game in hand until Osweiler led the Texans back on a pair of touchdown drives.
Pagano mentioned in his Wednesday home press conference that the game felt like they let an artery burst open and he reiterated that thought with the Houston media.
“The artery opened up and they (the media) asked about momentum. (The Texans) caught fire and we couldn’t do anything about it, and we started gushing blood and there wasn’t enough tape or gauze to get it stopped,” Pagano said.
Pagano elaborated on his praise citing what he has seen from Osweiler on the game film, including from recent games that shows Osweiler has the ability to extend plays using his feet which goes unnoticed.
“I don’t think people give him enough credit for his ability to extend plays, his ability to move the chains….when things aren’t there and they take away everything down the field, his ability to scramble and get first downs,” Pagano said.”We just watch the tape and prepare from that. We know we’re going to have our hands full.”
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