Houston Texans owner Bob McNair stated that part of what influenced Brock Osweiler‘s decision to join the team was creating his own legacy
When the Houston Texans landed free agent quarterback Brock Osweiler, there were questions about what would lead the young quarterback to leave the Denver Broncos immediately after they won a Super Bowl. Several ideas have been bounced around from money to damaged ego at the way he was treated last season after filling in for an injured Peyton Manning.
On Monday at the league owner’s meetings in Florida, Texans owner Bob McNair pulled the curtain back just a little and gave fans some insight into the thinking behind the newest quarterback in town.
"“I guess the thing that really helped us is that he does like our offense, and Coach [Bill] O’Brien gives the quarterback a little more leeway at the line of scrimmage and all quarterbacks like that,” McNair said via Tania Ganguli of ESPN. And then of course he had played behind Peyton [Manning] and with [executive vice president of football operations/general manager] John Elway there. Their shadows were quite large. He was still going to be under that and compared to them. He has a chance to be a real hero in Houston. And we’ve got a good ball club so I think all those things entered into it.”"
McNair brings up some valid points, which he says he heard from Osweiler’s agent. In Denver Osweiler would probably always be seen as a quarterback who took over for a legend and kept things going. In Houston, he has a chance to become one of the most beloved players considering there’s never been a true face of the franchise quarterback in Houston.
When all is said and done, Osweiler has a legitimate shot and not only winning big in Houston, but also at setting franchise records for his position considering the only other long term starter that had much success in the team’s young history was Matt Schaub.
While those ideas are certainly far off, they are at least possibilities. In Denver, he may have just been a guy who came after Elway and Manning.