Osweiler had a shot, likely blew it

AP

The Browns, by all appearances, gave Brock Osweiler the starting quarterback assignment for Week One of the preseason as a two-fold test. First, could he get ready to play effectively as the starter on short notice, which any backup quarterback must be able to do? Second, could he take charge of the starting offense, prompting the locker room to clamor for him to be the guy?

By all appearances, Osweiler failed on both counts.

Though he didn’t say so in those words, Osweiler said enough to allow that conclusion to be drawn.

“I threw some incomplete passes,” Osweiler told reporters. “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. 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.”

As to the incompletions, some of them were the result of Osweiler putting too much oomph on the ball.

“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]. 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.”

The problem for Osweiler is that was his chance to deliver. His shot. His moment. Whatever term that gets used, coach Hue Jackson wisely created a scenario aimed at testing Osweiler. And Osweiler didn’t deliver.

Jackson knows it. After the game, he was asked whether Osweiler’s overthrows were the result of unfamiliarity with the receivers.

“No, he can make those plays,” Jackson said.

Jackson specifically wanted to see if Osweiler would make those plays when thrust into the starting role with only three days to get ready for it. While he may get another opportunity to show that he can run the starting offense the way that Jackson wants it to be run, Osweiler is 0-1 on the question of whether he can step up and perform like the starter when given the chance to do so.

39 responses to “Osweiler had a shot, likely blew it

  1. Florio, for once I 100% agree with you. Brock was the worst QB on the field last night, including the third stringer for NO that will never see the field.

  2. Oh come on. This is the Cleveland Browns we are talking about here. It’s not like uh…Colt McCoy, er…Charlie Fry…uhm, RGIII?…Brandon Weeden? Bruce Gradkowski…Trent Dilfer, Kelly Holcomb…er…Tim Couch…

    Ok, so the best I can do is Bernie Kosar. It’s not like Bernie’s waiting in the wings here to come and save the day. Considering the other QB’s there are stiffs – either no good or inexperienced – Brock will get another chance.

  3. I 100% agree with the article. I watched the game and Osweiller blew it. That said, if it were me (and it isn’t) I’d let Osweiller prepare a full week with the starters for pre-season game 2. If he blows that, you give the ball to Kizer who performed best of all three.

    Brock still has upside and potential, so I don’t think 1 quarter in his first game in the new offense is a sizable sample to write him off. Remember John Elway wanted to pay him $15M/year, after nurturing him for 3 (or 4?) years. The guy has a winning NFL record, too. I’m just saying those are points worth thinking about.

    Cody Kessler was as bad as Osweiller with less upside. He should be third string with his performance last night.

  4. Does anyone really expect this guy to all of a sudden be great? When was the last time a QB flamed out for 2 teams then all of a sudden figured it out and was good enough to start? Houston isn’t the most talented team in the league but they’ve gotta be more talented than Cleveland. He lost his job to Tom Freaking Savage. He had one of the greatest QB’s ever to learn from for a few years. If he doesn’t have it now he’s never gonna get it. Browns should roll with Kessler and Kizer.

  5. FACT: Cleveland has no receiving talent

    Terrelle Pryor moved to D.C.
    Gary Barnidge cut
    Andrew Hawkins retired

  6. Cleveland has a handful of receivers who can become impact players in this league. With that being said, Osweiler is easily the worst quarterback in the NFL. Last night, he failed to show improvements in his accuracy and mechanics. There is no point in keeping this guy around.

  7. “FACT: Cleveland has no receiving talent

    Terrelle Pryor moved to D.C.
    Gary Barnidge cut
    Andrew Hawkins retired”

    FACT: no one can catch a ball that’s thrown 3 yards BEHIND them.

  8. He only had three days practice with the starters. A good back up should be ready to go with that much practice. IMHO Kessler out played Osweiler, even though he wasn’t very good either! Game one QB depth chart will be Kizer, Kessler and either Hogan or whoever they get for Osweiler…!!!

  9. His throws looked off. The commentators kept saying how “great” he played. Really? About the best thing he did was one scramble for a first down.

    Cleary, Kizer is the future. If you want to try Osweiler for a little bit more to give Kizer a chance to really get prepared, so be it. Clearly, Oseiler isn’t going to be great.

  10. The biggest heist in all of football. He straight up stole money from the Texans. The Broncos were right about this guy all along. He’s not a starting QB in the league.

  11. The guy has NEVER been very good. He was halfway decent for a few games with Denver playing an ultra-conservative offense where the main goal was to avoid turnovers. He handed the starting job back to Peyton Manning following a 5-turnover game. And probably worse he apparently rubs everybody the wrong way everywhere he goes. Not a single Bronco or Texan sounded sorry to see him go and Denver was Super Bowl champs with no QB when he left them.

  12. @amishninjas

    Does anyone really expect this guy to all of a sudden be great? When was the last time a QB flamed out for 2 teams then all of a sudden figured it out and was good enough to start?
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    He did not “flame out” in Denver. JE tried to pay him $15M to stay and he took the bigger paycheck.

    He flamed out on a team with an HC who has a history of poor QB development/performance/use.

  13. The smart play is to give Osweiler some more opportunities to figure things out. Then you can roll with him or flip him to a desperate team. If someone gets cut, I think Kessler ends up the odd guy out. But even if they stick with Osweiler, Kessler, and Kizer, this is a year when you definitely need to go into the year with 3 QBs IMO.

  14. amishninjas says:
    August 11, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Does anyone really expect this guy to all of a sudden be great? When was the last time a QB flamed out for 2 teams then all of a sudden figured it out and was good enough to start?
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    If by flaming out you mean helping a team get to the playoffs/Super Bowl, I agree.

    Evidence is mounting that the quarterback isn’t the issue down there in Houston.

  15. He had a TD to Brit in the corner that Brit failed to get both feet down. Another on a slant to Brit that should have been six. Let’s see how it plays out.

  16. If Britt converts the TD pass that was twice put on the money, then BO passes be test. TD drive with the ones. …cmon media dig a little deeper

  17. Not a BO guy, but in his defense, with Cam Erving playing left tackle, no qb will succeed. Let him start next game with the full starting O. line. Erving is just a joke.

  18. apanther says:
    August 11, 2017 at 10:56 am

    The biggest heist in all of football. He straight up stole money from the Texans. The Broncos were right about this guy all along. He’s not a starting QB in the league.
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    Except that the Broncos were prepared to pay him a little less than what Houston gave him. Besides, Houston deserves what they got for signing a guy without evaluating him.

  19. Osweiler is still better than any of the QBs currently on Broncos roster. He should have just accepted Elway’s offer and stayed in Denver.

  20. apanther says:
    August 11, 2017 at 10:56 am
    The biggest heist in all of football. He straight up stole money from the Texans. The Broncos were right about this guy all along. He’s not a starting QB in the league.
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    The Bronco’s were right about this guy all along?

    Mr Ed drafted him, hello???

  21. Kizer was the best of all 3. Now, he also played last so he was facing inferior competition. But I loved the way he moved in the pocket and he was decisive with the ball. Maybe this young man can grow into a very good QB for the Browns. It will be nice to finally have a competitive games against Cleveland instead of just chalking up Steelers V Browns as a win.

  22. Let him play with people and against people who actually are going to make the team(s)….Don’t judge his performance based on one game against people who will be working at your local McDonald’s next month.

  23. If by flaming out you mean helping a team get to the playoffs/Super Bowl, I agree.

    Evidence is mounting that the quarterback isn’t the issue down there in Houston.

    The AFC south is the worst division in all of football.
    He won 4 games in Denver supported by the best defense in the league. If Denver had re-signed him they still draft a QB. He would’ve lost the job the next pre-season. He’s garbage.
    I wasn’t aware there were Brock Osweiler apologists out there.

  24. Hahaha and you all sweared that Elway was an idiot for not overpaying Osweiler. Jokes on you. Brock has been overthrowing receivers and putting too much heat since he got into the league.

  25. Hard to evaluate any quarterback anytime that Cam Irving steps onto an NFL football field. He is taking up a roster spot. Everyone on the 3rd string O line plays better than he does. If he makes this team, I seriously question the talent evaluation process of the Browns.

  26. Did PFT watch the game? Because Osweiller did not play poorly. He had some overthrows down the field, but his balls were within a step of the receiver each time — not exactly cause for panic. He was also plagued by the alarmingly poor play of Kenny Britt who caught a TD but inexplicably failed to put a 2nd foot in bounds and who looked like he wasn’t even trying at other times.

    While I wouldn’t characterize it as a “great game” for Osweiller, I thought he looked decent.

  27. A few years ago, a disgruntled receiver and his loudmouthed sister started bashing the QB, claiming it was HE who made the QB, not the other way around. HE deserved the pro bowl status because he was the greatest thing since sliced bread. He burned his bridges and went to their big rivals with horns in the next state over. To his horror, he realized just how wrong he was when he saw balls sailing over his head, bouncing in front of him, thrown behind him or to the defenders instead of hitting him in his hands in stride as it did in Green Bay from Aaron Rodgers. Greg Jennings found out the hard way that receivers can run the routes, but if the QB sucks, he’s not giving the receivers a chance, just like Brock.

  28. milehighcityboss says:
    August 11, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Hahaha and you all sweared that Elway was an idiot for not overpaying Osweiler. Jokes on you.
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    No, we all say that Elway is an idiot because he tried to overpay Osweiler. Osweiler might have stayed too, had they not pulled him for the geriatric Peyton Manning.

  29. Osweiler turned Andre Hopkins from an all-round into a no-show. He was the problem.

  30. os is done = he just aint a top qB he will get cut and I doubt if anyone will pick him up. Maybe he and Kap can go to canada !!

  31. Man’s got to accept his limitations – and work within them. Perhaps Brock should have just taken bit less and stuck with Denver, where he knew he had a great D, solid FO/ownership, great receivers, he didn’t have to win the game every week. Instead, he grabbed for the brass ring – burned him.

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