John McClain: Bill O’Brien, Rick Smith wanted to sign Brock Osweiler
Did Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien really want Brock Osweiler?
Many people, including our very own Peter Manfre believe that Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien never wanted to sign quarterback Brock Osweiler.
It was reported last year by Peter King of The MMQB that O’Brien and even owner Bob McNair never met Osweiler before handing him a lucrative contract.
"Until Osweiler signed with the Texans on March 9, that 10-second niblet of time was the extent of the personal interaction between the quarterback and the three men most important to his success in Houston. The owner, Bob McNair, agreed to guarantee $37 million to Osweiler without ever meeting him. The head coach, O’Brien, never got to speak to Osweiler during the free-agency period, to look him in the eye and find out if he was the man O’Brien wanted to build his offense around."
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle exclaimed on Thursday that O’Brien as well as general manager Rick Smith did in fact want to sign Osweiler last year.
McClain could be telling the truth. He’s also possibly telling us what some people within the Texans’ organization want him to say.
Let’s be honest, how stupid would the Texans look if it did turn out that O’Brien and Smith weren’t on the same page with Houston’s front office when it come to Osweiler?
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It wouldn’t look good at all that they didn’t respect the head coach and general manager of their team when it comes to finding a franchise quarterback and now that said quarterback ended up being a bust for them.
On the other hand, there is always a chance O’Brien and/or Smith wanted Osweiler before ever meeting him and made a mistake like the rest of the organization.