Texans’ GM Rick Smith on Brock Osweiler: “We’ve got to get better production”

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Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith spoke with the media on Thursday and was asked about quarterback Brock Osweiler.

Smith didn’t specifically call out Osweiler, but after handing him a four-year, $72 million contract that included $37 million guaranteed last year, most of the blame falls on Osweiler’s shoulders when it comes to their offensive woes.

“We’ve got to get better production from the quarterback position,” Smith said during an NFL event at The Pro-Vision Academy in Houston, via the Houston Chronicle. “We’ve got to get better production from all across our football team. We’ve got to do a good job of analyzing our football team and that’s what we’re doing now we’re spending the time  evaluating our football team and trying to figure out where we’re strong, where we’re weak and how we can go about improving.”

Smith was asked if he’s confident Osweiler can turn things around.

“Obviously, I have that confidence in him and he’s got to have that confidence in him and he’s got to go back to work,” Smith said. “We’ve all got to go back to work. In this league, part of playing that position is you’ve got to deal with the scrutiny and the stress. it’s not only about Brock. It’s about our entire football team.”

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Smith didn’t care to comment on Tony Romo as well as any of the quarterbacks in the 2017 NFL Draft class.

“I think unfortunately we’re in a business where at the end of the day there’s only one team that’s happy,” Smith said of a two-time defending AFC South division winner that’s coming off consecutive 9-7 campaigns under coach Bill O’Brien. “Certainly, I think we made some strides in certain areas. That’s what we do every offseason. You know that we’re aggressive and we’ve always been. We’ll be diligent and we’ll go through our process and try to improve this football team across the board.”

Smith better hope that Osweiler turns things around because he’s responsible for giving Osweiler such a lucrative contract.

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