HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Texans owner Bob McNair hoped that Brock Osweiler was finally going to be their answer at the quarterback position when the signed him last offseason to a four-year $72 million contract.
Osweiler was historically bad and set a new team record for interceptions and found himself benched in the Texans week-15 game against the Jaguars. Osweiler would eventually win a playoff home game, but threw three picks in a divisional round loss to the AFC Champion Patriots.
The quarterback position has been a revolving door for the last four seasons and McNair was surprised they didn’t find the solution last offseason.
“We need better performance out of that position,” McNair said on Wednesday in a media session. “We thought that we had it and it didn’t quite measure up. The challenge is what to find out what we can do with what we’ve got.”
The Texans options seem to be limited at the moment as they still have Osweiler under contract for at least one more season and Tom Savage likely returning. McNair expects there to be some level of competition which still could include Osweiler.
“The challenge is up to (Osweiler) to meet it,” McNair said. “He needs to step up and I would certainly hope that’s what he would do.”
The Texans options to improve at the position could be restrictive as they will likely need to extend DeAndre Hopkins and re-sign cornerback AJ Bouye. They could find themselves in the market for Tony Romo should Dallas release him. The draft is another option. However the Texans have avoided taking a quarterback high in the draft since they took David Carr with their first pick in franchise history in 2002. McNair expects draft to be a primary consideration.
“There’s not many things available out there, but we’re probably looking at a young quarterback as we go into the draft,” McNair said. “Then again It’s a question about what’s available.