Osweiler: J.J. Watt absence changes nothing for offense

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With Texans defensive end J.J. Watt on injured reserve and gone for at least eight weeks, the obvious reaction has become that the team’s offense needs to do more. The new leader of the Houston offense doesn’t necessarily agree with that.

“I don’t think anything changes offensively now that the news of J.J. going on IR has come out,” Brock Osweiler told reporters on Wednesday. “Bottom line, we need to score points. We need to score a lot of them. We knew that whether he was put on IR or not. There’s been a great focus on that. I think Monday in practice we came out, we had a really good day. I think today was a little bit better and I hope that the rest of the week keeps getting better and better because we know we need to do our part offensively. I think the defense has done a tremendous job this year through the first three games. Now it’s time for the offense to step up as a unit, finish drives, score points, protect the football and do our part of the deal.”

He’s right; the offense needs to keep doing what it’s been doing. If it tries to do even more, it just won’t work, in the same way it didn’t work last Thursday.

That shutout loss to the Patriots was only Osweiler’s 10th career start. Osweiler addressed the question of whether his big-picture lack of experience should be a factor in the assessment of his performance.

“I don’t think — in fact, I know for a fact — I don’t use my lack of starts as an excuse for anything,” Osweiler said. “I expect myself to play at an extremely high level. I have great confidence in my abilities and what I can do and I have great confidence in the teammates around me to help me do my job. I’m never going to use my lack of starts for an excuse or say ‘I’ll figure it out eventually’ or anything like that. Bottom line, I expect to play at an extremely high level and an extremely high level right now.”

The Texans will need it. An impaired defense puts more pressure on an offense, giving the offense less desirable field position and fewer turnovers.

17 responses to “Osweiler: J.J. Watt absence changes nothing for offense

  1. I think we should march O’Brien around Reliant Stadium yelling “Shame . . . Shame . . . Shame . . . Shame . . .” for letting JJ play at the beginning of the season. At this point, I think the team needs to plan as if he will never be back because of your decision.

  2. It’s a completely fair statement he has made. A defensive player out has little impact on the offenses preparation for a game. I am always amused by the networks when they hype up a game like Brady versus Manning or something like that. Never mind the fact, the quarterbacks of opposing teams are never playing against each other, never on the field at the same time, since all their preparation is to study the other teams defense.

    So in context, he is exactly right. In the broader sense, he will need to capitalize more when on the field, because the defense is not going to be getting off the field as quickly now.

  3. Sure it does….you’ll have less possessions, less time on the field (due to the D not getting 3 and outs) and more pressure to make your limited possessions count!

    Sounds like a lot of change!! Have fun playing the Vikes D Oct 9!

  4. mazenblue says:
    Sep 29, 2016 9:35 AM
    Hey qb, actually it changes the offense a lot. You’re gonna have at least 50% more snaps to play. Better make em count. Your choice, not mine.
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    How do you figure? Defense will be worse meaning the other team will own Time of Possession. Ergo, the Texans offense will have fewer snaps and fewer opportunities.

  5. Translation: The offense will continue to regress in DVOA for the THIRD straight season. Even though we hired a “QB guru” at coach to replace the supposed “dinosaur” who just won a SB in Denver with a gimp armed Peyton Manning.

    This “QB guru” totally earned that title by coaching Tom Brady AFTER the dude had already established himself and won three SBs. “The Texans are loaded with talent and just need a new QB and competent HC to break through” they said. Rigggghhhhht.

    Ironic that two blowouts at the hands of the Patriots in 2012 foreshadowed the end of the Kubiak era. So to remedy that, let’s hire a New England guy to teach us the “Patriot Way”. This guy will totally get us over the hump, right? Nope, another blowout by New England. Except this time Tom Brady didn’t even freaking play and the game was in September without terrible weather we’re accustomed to seeing during the postseason in Foxboro. Oh yeah, Kubiak and Phillips eliminated the Patriots from the playoffs last season as Bronco coaches.

    Meanwhile, we’ll continue to bury our heads in the sand, extend Rick Smith for 15 more seasons, and glorify Bill O’Brien some more because he’s good with the media and reels off artificially inflated 9-7 seasons by virtue of playing in the god awful AFC South.

    God I love Houston. You seriously can’t make this stuff up.

  6. J.J. Watt is a great player, yet Houston has never been to a super bowl or a championship game since he’s been with them. What they’ve lacked was a good QB, and now they have one. You never want to lose a player like Watt, but at least they have a chance now with Osweiler at QB. Everyone sees the early success of guys like Wentz and Prescott, but history shows that it usually takes a little while for a QB to get acclimated.

  7. htowntexan says:
    Sep 29, 2016 9:40 AM

    I think we should march O’Brien around Reliant Stadium yelling “Shame . . . Shame . . . Shame . . . Shame . . .” for letting JJ play at the beginning of the season. At this point, I think the team needs to plan as if he will never be back because of your decision.

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    You can’t blame BOB for “bringing him back too early” – he was cleared by doctors, cleared by the staff, doing his normal workout routine and was practicing with the team. How do you keep out a guy like Watt when all of that takes place?

    “Well, doctors say your healthy, you say you’re healthy, we see you in practice looking healthy, and we need you this season – but we’re just going to hold you out another month just in case…”

    Just not possible.

  8. tonebones says:
    Sep 29, 2016 10:38 AM

    J.J. Watt is a great player, yet Houston has never been to a super bowl or a championship game since he’s been with them. What they’ve lacked was a good QB, and now they have one. You never want to lose a player like Watt, but at least they have a chance now with Osweiler at QB. Everyone sees the early success of guys like Wentz and Prescott, but history shows that it usually takes a little while for a QB to get acclimated.

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    I’ll take “Lazily running with false narratives” for $1000, Alex!

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