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Texans’ owner on Brock Osweiler: ‘He’s still basically a rookie’

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 30: Houston Texans Quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) is sacked by Detroit Lions Defensive Tackle A'Shawn Robinson (91) during the NFL football game between the Detroit Lions and Houston Texans on October 30, 2016 at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX. (Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire)
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Houston Texans’ quarterback Brock Osweiler has been taking a lot of heat for his poor play as of late. After signing a big free agent contract this past offseason, fans of the Texans were expecting to get a Pro Bowl caliber quarterback and Osweiler has been anything but All-Star worthy.

With that in mind, Texans’ owner Bob McNair decided to chime in on the situation in an attempt to ease expectations for his young quarterback on Monday.

“He’s still basically a rookie,” McNair said. “He’s going to make some mistakes, but he shows that he has the talent, he has the ability and has the leadership that the team has confidence in him.”

Now, after signing someone McNair is referring to as a “rookie” to a four-year contract with $37 million in guaranteed money this offseason, there is obviously going to be even more questions as to why the Texans would give such a large deal to someone who clearly needs a ton of development.

That being said though, McNair says he has seen a great deal of improvement from Osweiler already this year.

“I thought Brock had a much improved game,” McNair said about his performance against the Detroit Lions. “I think there was a little miscommunication on that one interception. I don’t put that all on him. That was both of them. He made a lot of good throws I think he’s going to continue to get better.”

Ultimately, Osweiler’s performance would be very encouraging if he was actually a rookie. However, the five-year veteran quarterback, who has now played in 29 career games, is anything but a rookie at this point in his NFL tenure.



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