Osweiler shouldn’t regret his decision to stay in Houston on Monday

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Some (including one who works here) have suggested that Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler eventually will regret his decision not to join his former team at the White House to celebrate once again their Super Bowl championship from four months ago. Others (including me) believe Osweiler shouldn’t regret it.

It’s ultimately a personal decision, which for Osweiler is surely more personal than the desire to remain with his new team, focusing on learning a new offense and eventually winning a new Super Bowl trophy. Beyond the work ethic he’s trying to demonstrate in Houston, Osweiler surely has lingering hard feelings about the fact that he was benched after going 5-2 as a starter and beating the previously-unbeaten Patriots in prime-time.

Consider Osweiler’s comments from Monday, during which he explained that he stayed in Houston to participate in an OTA session with his new teammates.

“That’s what my answer was last week,” Osweiler said. “I stand by that answer. My answer hasn’t changed. I believe that every single practice, every single rep, every single meeting that I can get in this new offense is the most important thing for myself and my teammates right now. So yes, I stand by what I said last week.”

His that’s-my-story-and-I’m-sticking-to-it explanations suggests that, at some level, Osweiler believes (correctly or not) that the decision to bench him late in the regular season was more about placating Peyton Manning, whose anger over not being put back in the lineup culminated in a one-fingered salute to coach Gary Kubiak during a filmed workout before Manning was put back on the field.

Could the Broncos have won the Super Bowl with Osweiler? Probably. Could they have gotten there with him? Maybe not. Regardless, any NFL quarterback who aspires to be remotely successful in any setting has to believe that he could have and would have taken the Broncos to the Super Bowl and won it. To be properly motivated in his new surroundings, Osweiler needs to leave that chip on his shoulder — especially since he’ll be playing the Broncos in Denver this season.

Osweiler doesn’t need to make any apologies for his decision, or to enhance it by admitting that he’s still miffed by the fact that the Broncos treated him like Deputy Dawg in deference to the Sheriff. Think of it this way: Would the laser-focused Manning have swapped a navel-gazing celebration for work on a work day? Would Tom Brady?

Last year, Brady bailed on the team’s first White House trip in 10 years by claiming he didn’t have enough advance notice. (He reportedly was working out on his own at the team facility while the rest of the Patriots went to D.C.) While some (including me) questioned whether he opted not to attend because he was miffed about a moment of snark from a White House spokesperson regarding Brady’s performance in his initial #Deflategate press conference, no one questioned Brady’s sanity for choosing work over play.

Osweiler’s decision reflects the mentality that we’ve come to expect from ultra-obsessive franchise quarterback, who live, sleep, eat, breathe football. Why is anyone surprised that he’s behaving in the way that other franchise quarterbacks would?

34 responses to “Osweiler shouldn’t regret his decision to stay in Houston on Monday

  1. I see both sides here. I probably would have gone. How often are you going to get the chance to meet the president. Can’t blame the guy for wanting to start thing off right with his new team though.

  2. Maybe he just doesn’t care about visiting the worst President in US history with a team he’s not on anymore.

    Simple.

  3. Let me think….Go to Wash DC or spend the day at work.
    I would rather work than go to that cesspool. Afraid it might rub off and make me as worthless as those lazy govt imbeciles.

  4. All of these are good points and possibly true. But there’s another possibility why he didn’t go…. maybe he just doesn’t like the guy he’d have to shake hands with at the White House.

  5. How in the world are you taking his explanation to really mean “I’m still upset about being benched last year”???

    I’m sorry, but I don’t see the connection much less any hidden message. This is just you trying to make something out of nothing.

    His explanation is pretty clear to me. He’s learning a new system and every practice is important.

  6. Well, good on him. It’s probably for all those reasons listed and the fact that it would be hard to keep your lunch down while talking to that guy in the Whitehouse. Probably get more enjoyment out of taking a regular old tour of the WH with us regular schleps.

  7. That’s what’s wrong with the country, too many people telling other people how they should feel. The man made a decision that was his alone to make.

  8. ……it USED to make sense to meet the president back in the day when there was no free-agency. Not anymore, 4 or 5 players on average are not on the team after April of the next year. Maybe they should just move the vist up BEFORE free-agency?……………..

  9. Brock still has a SB ring. I don’t think the Broncos would have made it to the playoffs without him. He can meet the POTUS when he becomes the Former POTUS.

  10. The only big deal is Denver is butt hurt that Elway franchised the wrong guy, dissed Brock the whole time Manning was “deciding” if he would retire, and got caught with his pants down when Brock chose Houston while he ignored him. Then when he tried to get him back his pride got in the way that Brock might not want to play for him, and let him go, for what amounts to the middle of the pack in QB salaries. And Denver with their big ego, just can’t believe Oz or anyone would not chose to play for Elway, so they bad mouth any and everything he does. Get over it.

  11. I’d guess 2 things:

    1. Playing behind Peyton Manning has shown him a certain way to approach his job. Every rep counts. That led to this decision.

    2. I can imagine that players that don’t play in the Super Bowl feel less connected to the team’s victory. Thus, there is less of an urge to go celebrate. I remember Jeremy Shockey having a similar mentality after the 2007 game (where he was injured).

  12. I don’t get it. I know these guys are famous and have the world at their feet most of the time, but this is – for most folks – a once in a lifetime opportunity. And it might have been for Brock. Maybe I’m naive, but I don’t think so, I would not give up the chance to go to the White House and meet the president.

    I care not to share my preference, but I would be equally thrilled to meet either BHO or GWB at the White House. They are, after all, “our” POTUS and like them or not, there is a certain amount of respect for the office and the man sitting in it. That’s why I lost a bit of respect for Brady who seemed to be pouting last year when he stayed at home.

  13. Talib didn’t want to go, so much so, that he shot himself in the leg to avoid the trip. Brock’s way of avoiding it was better.

  14. Gotta agree with 1Texan. Elway misplayed it, and now is butt hurt.

    Should have paid Oz what he wanted. Even if Peyton hadn’t retired, he was used up. Perhaps had to pay off the ugh after the al Jazeera report. He looked elderly out there

  15. Gotta agree with 1Texan. Elway misplayed it, and now is butt hurt.

    Should have paid Oz what he wanted. Even if Peyton hadn’t retired, he was used up. Perhaps had to lay off the hgh after the al Jazeera report. He looked elderly out there

  16. peytonwantsaflag says:
    Jun 7, 2016 9:56 AM
    Well, good on him. It’s probably for all those reasons listed and the fact that it would be hard to keep your lunch down while talking to that guy in the Whitehouse. Probably get more enjoyment out of taking a regular old tour of the WH with us regular schleps.
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    “That guy” in the Whitehouse? You couldn’t keep your lunch down having the opportunity to speak to your President? I mean, who could stomach that? The guy is in the final June of his second term, and has an approval rating higher than Reagan had at that time. People must hate him!

  17. goodguyattorney says:
    Jun 7, 2016 10:33 AM

    I care not to share my preference, but I would be equally thrilled to meet either BHO or GWB at the White House. They are, after all, “our” POTUS and like them or not, there is a certain amount of respect for the office and the man sitting in it. That’s why I lost a bit of respect for Brady who seemed to be pouting last year when he stayed at home.
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    Respect the position, but that doesn’t mean you have to like the person holding it. I am certainly not and will never be in the position of meeting the President. If it were Obama, I’d turn it down to. His position as President doesn’t remover the fact that he shouldn’t have the position.

  18. He is the only QB in his division with a winning record against Brady. Let that sink in for a moment.

  19. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Jun 7, 2016 10:48 AM
    He is the only QB in his division with a winning record against Brady. Let that sink in for a moment.

    _________________

    For now.

  20. Betting down the road Talib has more cause to regret the reason he was not there than Osweiler will ever have. Hopefully this will be the last of this nothing story we hear until the Texans and Broncos square off and we can probably do without when that time comes but something tells me we haven’t scratched the surface on the Talib story.

  21. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Jun 7, 2016 10:48 AM
    He is the only QB in his division with a winning record against Brady. Let that sink in for a moment.
    ====================

    With a very impressive sample size of 1 game. Let that sink in before thinking the ‘Hawks or Steelers should trade Houston their starting QB’s for him.
    Jests fans, smh

  22. “That guy” in the Whitehouse? You couldn’t keep your lunch down having the opportunity to speak to your President? I mean, who could stomach that? The guy is in the final June of his second term, and has an approval rating higher than Reagan had at that time. People must hate him!
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    two things – first, I’m speaking for myself.

    2nd – don’t know if you follow the internet but with all the loons out there trolling around the country right now having a high approval from them is not really a positive.

  23. Della Street says:
    Jun 7, 2016 10:55 AM
    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Jun 7, 2016 10:48 AM
    He is the only QB in his division with a winning record against Brady. Let that sink in for a moment.

    _________________

    For now.

    ———————

    You can say that for many other things. Montana is the greatest QB for now, Belichick is the greatest coach for now, etc. The point is we can only deal with the facts we have now. The fact is Brock outplayed Brady in primetime and emerged a winner.

  24. Easy decision.

    He’s got a great new job and an opportunity that will define his career and a team that appreciates him instead of dumping on him and treating him like dirt to please a washed-up legend.

    Plus– it’s only Obama.

  25. Easy decision.

    He’s got a great new job and an opportunity that will define his career and a team that appreciates him instead of dumping on him and treating him like dirt to please a washed-up legend.

  26. He clearly attempted to cut ties with Denver management, coaching staff and players after the SB. He had already decided that he was moving on. I don’t believe that he stays in Denver even if the Texan’s offer was matched.

    He seems like a decent guy and shows plenty of qualities to be a franchise quarterback. Denver should appreciate what he did in relief of a struggling Peyton Manning. Clearly still upset, he doesn’t want to be around his ex teammates and coaches.

    Would have been awkward. I do believe he will regret this decision later.

  27. “That guy” in the Whitehouse? You couldn’t keep your lunch down having the opportunity to speak to your President? I mean, who could stomach that? The guy is in the final June of his second term, and has an approval rating higher than Reagan had at that time. People must hate him!”

    So, Obama’s 47% overall average approval rating is better than Reagan’s 52.8%? If you averaged out both of their full terms that is what it is….anyway, about Brock Osweiler I think it was 50% him wanting to practice with his new team and 50% him feeling awkward about celebrating with his old team (who benched him after going 5-2)

  28. Meh, He’ll probably meet him on a golf course someday while he’s waiting for him to Finally finish the Hole.

  29. Anyone who watched the game last year against the Chargers objectively, knows that he didn’t play great but the turnovers and interceptions weren’t his fault – his receivers kept dropping passes and fumbling the ball, and his offensive line couldn’t protect him at all. Kubiak just put in Manning to try to change things up.

    Besides, imagine if he actually DID go to the WH – he’d be roasted by the media for going to a non-important event rather than learning the playbook and focusing on his current team.

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