McClain: Texans Couldn't Wait To Get Rid Of Osweiler

Brock Osweiler returns to Houston on Thursday, and don’t expect the organization – or the fans – to show much appreciation

October 24, 2018 - 8:06 am

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Former Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler returns to Houston on Thursday, and don’t expect the organization – or the fans – to show him a whole lot of love.

“The Texans couldn’t wait to get him out of town,” Houston Chronicle NFL columnist John McClain said on Ferrall on the Bench “He and Bill O’Brien had a combative relationship. Jadeveon Clowney said today, ‘I didn’t like him too much.’ Osweiler coming back to Houston has made this Thursday night game so much more interesting because people here are going to boo him from the moment he steps off the bus.”

Osweiler, now with Miami (4-3), threw for 15 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in 15 games for the Texans in 2016.

“It’s not what he did. It’s what he didn’t do,” McClain said. “He didn’t have one great game or two even good games back-to-back, he threw too many interceptions, and they couldn’t wait to get rid of him. They wanted him out so bad they gave Cleveland a second-round pick to take him off their hands. That freed them from the last $16 million in guarantees and freed up $10 million in cap money. I’ve never seen a trade like that. He went from Denver to Houston to Cleveland to Denver. Now maybe Brock Osweiler has found a home in Miami.”

Osweiler will face a Texans defense that has allowed an average of just 12 points in its last three games.

“Their defense has been playing great,” McClain said. “They’ve got a lot of talent on that side of the ball. The last two games, they’ve had to win with defense, special teams and the running game because Deshaun Watson is playing hurt. He’s gone from throwing for at least 375 three games in a row to not getting 180 in the last two. He’s playing with so many injuries. (He has) a partially deflated lung, and the bad one is a broken rib. Anybody that’s had a bruised rib knows it’s hard to do anything, including breathe. That rib, I just don’t know how he does it.”

Houston (4-3) has won four straight. Thursday’s kickoff is at 8:20 p.m. ET.