by: Garret Heinrich (@GarretHeinrich)
The Houston Texans have a predicament. They got themselves in this situation by spending money, $37 million guaranteed to be exact, on the best Free Agent quarterback available. There were no other options in the NFL for the Texans before last season. Brock Osweiler looked like an NFL Quarterback. He played decent enough, but he had a higher ceiling than any quarterback the Houston Texans had since Bill O’Brien took over as the head coach.
Brock Osweiler, however, did little to prove anything except that he is maybe the least able quarterback the Texans have had in the Bill O’Brien era. But with his big contract, he’s likely to stay around for at least 2017, even as a backup quarterback. But many in Houston would like to move on from the Great Giraffe Gaffe as soon as possible.
Here are the reasons why Brock Osweiler will not see another training camp, season, snap with the Houston Texans going forward.
1. Salary Cap Hit
The Texans are locked in for $25 million to pay Brock, no matter what. If they cut him the day after the Super Bowl all $25M would go against the 2017 cap. However, if they cut him with a June 1st designation, that $25 million is split between 2017 and 2018’s salary cap with $19 million hitting 2017 and $6M hitting 2018. That would spread out some of the hit for the Texans the same way it would if he is on the roster. So why not let him go. It changes only the dynamic of the quarterback room. And it doesn’t make sense to have a quarterback that has shown consistently he can’t play the position at a high enough level.
2. Player Morale
The Texans need to show their players that they will only keep players around they need. They don’t need Brock Osweiler. If they want to win they have to move on from him. It shows to all the players that they are going to hold players accountable. They don’t need players on this team that aren’t going to help them win a Super Bowl. That is the goal after all. And Brock is not going to help the Texans win a Super Bowl.
3. Roster Depth
All indication point to the Texans adding a quarterback this offseason. Whether that is via trade, the draft or both the Texans will have at least one new face at quarterback and that means Brock Osweiler would likely be the 3rd quarterback, at best, behind Tom Savage and the new quarterback in some order. Is it worth having Brock Osweiler on the roster if he’s likely going to be the inactive quarterback each week. You can get that out of Brandon Weeden who is already under contract for 2017.
4. Admitting Mistakes
Things happen. Sometimes you’re right with players you sign in free agency, Lamar Miller and Shane Lechler. Sometimes you’re wrong; Ed Reed, Jeff Allen, Brock Osweiler. But when things aren’t working, get rid of the bad pieces and that means Brock needs to go. Again, if you aren’t helping the team you’re hurting it. And him being on the 53-man roster is hurting the Houston Texans in 2017.
5. J.J. Watt
Everything on the Houston Texans always comes donw to the leader of the squad, J.J. Watt. He is the best defensive player of this generation. He is dynamic and a game changer and he won games for the Texans in 2014 with his play. Now he has Jadeveon Clowney, Whitney Mercilus, Kevin Johnson, A.J. Bouye (hopefully) and Benardrick McKinney lining up wiht him on defense. Of that group, he’s the experienced Veteran. With Brock Osweiler on this team the Texans are hurting the chances of making a deep run into the playoffs. And J.J. Watt is actually heading towards the back side of his career. You can’t take the chance of anyone wasting another year of Watt healthy. It doesn’t matter how nice of a guy Brock is, he isn’t leading this team. And if your $19M quarterback isn’ ta leader, you’re doing something wrong.