Report: Texans were determined to get rid of Brock Osweiler after week 17 altercation

The Houston Texans knew they no longer wanted Brock Osweiler since back on January 1st.

It was quite a shock this past week when the Houston Texans traded away quarterback Brock Osweiler to the Cleveland Browns.

It turns out that an altercation during the Texans’ week 17 loss to the Tennessee Titans in which Tom Savage started at quarterback, but Osweiler was forced into action after Savage went down with a concussion.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk has the details on what happened when Savage found out he wouldn’t be able to finish the game and Osweiler was informed he would have to play.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Savage became very upset, knocking things around in the locker room and otherwise making a ruckus about having his status jeopardized by a doctor’s decision to keep him from playing. At or about the same time, coach Bill O’Brien informed Osweiler that he’d be finishing the game.

Osweiler, per the source, reacted negatively, telling O’Brien in the visiting coach’s office at Nissan Stadium in Nashville that he’s only playing Osweiler because O’Brien needs him. [Editor’s note: That’s sort of how football depth charts work.] An argument ensued, voices were raised. At one point, it’s believed that Osweiler got up to walk away and O’Brien threw out an arm to stop him. That prompted Osweiler to act as if he were being “held hostage,” a claim that he would repeat (per the source) in the days after the game.

During an appearance on PFT Live with Florio, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle says he wasn’t surprised the Texans got rid of Osweiler, but he was surprised they were able to trade him.

McClain thought Houston might release Osweiler if they were able to find someone to replace him, but never thought they’d find a trade partner.

It’s amazing that Osweiler wouldn’t have a better attitude in knowing that he was getting a second chance. Now granted it was coming because of Savage getting injured, but he should have been more positive instead of going off like a baby about O’Brien only playing him because he needed him.

I really hope the Texans have learned from the mess that is Brock Osweiler.