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One of the key characteristics that have set apart Brock Osweiler from the Houston quarterbacks from previous years is his ability to command and control the Houston Texans offense. Something like this doesn’t just happen. It takes hours of work watching film and studying the playbook, two areas of the game that Osweiler has been focused on since signing his $72 million contract last March.
Texans head coach Bill O’Brien and offensive coordinator George Godsey have pieced together an offensive scheme well known for its complexity and several players have said it took well over a year for them to finally get the system down.
The problem for Osweiler is that he wasn’t given the luxury of spending a year getting familiar with the system, it was just expected that with the high dollar contract he was given, he would be ready to run the show come week one of the NFL season. Spring came and went and after spending the majority of the time in the film room and memorizing plays and formations, Osweiler did not have much of an offseason this year.
Godsey told reporters, “There’s a lot of time and effort, not only on the practice field, but outside of this building, that he’s putting in.”
Head coach O’Brien has forced himself to sit back and watch from afar and is more than impressed with the way Osweiler has taken over the Texans offense. O’Brien believes that one of the key reasons for his quarterback’s ability to command the team is because of his knowledge and understanding when it comes to the system that is in place. The Houston offense wasn’t asked to learn how to play around Osweiler, instead he learned the way they operate, and he has handled the task as quickly, if not quicker than a lot of fans and critics alike thought he would.
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Osweiler’s teammates have said they are most impressed with his vocal leadership inside the huddle and in the locker room. He not only demonstrates his leadership with his play, the way Osweiler is able to communicate with his offense has also put him above and beyond what the Texans have been forced to grow accustomed to at the quarterback position. He has not only spent the time needed to learn his position and role in the offense, he also has learned the jobs and responsibilities of everyone else on his unit and knows how to put them in a position to be as productive as possible.
The Texans have set high standards for themselves in 2016. The teams expects to improve from their 9-7, AFC South champion season from last year without taking any steps backwards in the process. The team has looked good in their first three preseason games with a record of 3-0. Houston is less than two weeks away from learning if all of Osweiler’s hard work will equal success once the games start having real meaning and consequences.