This time last year, quarterback Brock Osweiler was riding high.
Fresh off a Super Bowl victory with the Denver Broncos, Peyton Manning’s backup got inked to a four-year, $72 million contract by the Houston Texans.
Things didn’t go well with his new team. Despite leading Houston to an 8-6 record in his starts, Osweiler’s passing and decision making were so errant that fans were looking for creative ways to get his contract off their books.
But Houston general manager took care of that himself, trading the embattled quarterback to the equally embattled Cleveland Browns, where Osweiler will be competing for a starting job against the likes of Cody Kessler, DeShone Kizer, and Kevin Hogan.
On Wednesday, Osweiler defended his status as a starting-caliber quarterback.
“Absolutely,” he responded when asked if he’s a starter.
The reporter, Scott Patsko, pushed back: “Why?”
“I think the proof is in the film for the past two years,” Osweiler said.
Patkso continued to push. “Some people would say the proof’s not in the film, from last year,” he said.
Osweiler handled his response about as well as someone can after being told they suck and being asked why that is: “That’s okay.”
Whether or not the line of questioning was called for, Osweiler maintained that he expects to start for Cleveland in 2017.
“My expectation is always to start,” Osweiler said. “But once again that is not my decision to make. Now if I came out here and told you guys I wanted to be the backup then I’m in the wrong business. Absolutely I want to play and I want to help this team win games, but I know there’s a lot of work that needs to go into that, and ultimately I need to earn that on the practice field. And I have a lot of work ahead of me to do that.”
QB Brock Osweiler asked about Houston situation & then if he can be a starting QB in this league. You’ll want to watch this exchange pic.twitter.com/VP9jaMoXtj
— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) May 24, 2017