What can be worse than Brock Osweiler missing much of the season because of injury? “The Ugly” scenario has Osweiler remaining healthy, but playing down to the projections of Jayson Braddock and Jason La Canfora.
Why is that worse than losing Osweiler? Because the coaches and General Manager have tied their Texans careers to Osweiler’s success. He is paid too much money to watch Tom Savage be the quarterback. As long as Osweiler is healthy he plays. If he plays badly an overall meltdown is possible.
While the team projects to rally around a replacement quarterback if Osweiler is injured, it projects to fracture if he is just plain bad. Veterans see the ends of their careers or their prime years being wasted because of a management mistake. Rookies get caught up in the veteran grousing.
Having a better quarterback sit because the guy on the field determines whether the GM and head coach have jobs destroys the “Team First” environment, leads to disillusionment and allows selfish interests to determine many individual performances. That reverse synergy results in the team badly underperforming its talent.
Think it can’t happen. Remember the 2013 Texans that some projected as Super Bowl participants. They won their first 2 games with miracle finishes and then lost 14 in a row? It won’t get that bad under this scenario, but it could get “Ugly”… as in 6-10 ugly.
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