Cleveland Browns quarterback Brock Osweiler had an outside shot of claiming the starting job. Well, now, that opportunity has likely come and gone after a poor preseason performance against the New Orleans Saints on Thursday, and he tried to explain himself, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
“I threw some incomplete passes. We weren’t able to get into a rhythm as an offense. Any time you struggle to get into a rhythm early, you are going to have a slow start to the game,” Osweiler said. “That is what you saw tonight. There are no excuses for that. Honestly, that comes onto my shoulders. I have to find a way to spark this offense early, make plays for this offense early.”
The Browns traded for Osweiler back on March 9, one year to the day after he signed a massive $72 million contract with the Houston Texans.
The 26-year-old may have just been throwing the ball too hard on Thursday night.
“I came to the sideline after I was done playing and after that third series, and [David] Lee, our quarterback coach, said, ‘Boy Brock, you really have some pop on your ball tonight.’ I said, ‘You know, I think you’re right, Coach.’ Honestly, I think it was just a little bit of that preseason game [excitement],” Osweiler said. “I was excited to be out there again. I was having fun. It is just developing that timing with the receivers. No excuses for it whatsoever. . . . That is unacceptable. I have to give my receiver a chance.”
At least Osweiler took full responsibility.
He was likely already behind both Cody Kessler and DeShone Kizer on the depth chart, and this outing may have sealed his fate.