Brock Osweiler to Texans: Takeaways from QB's Introductory Press Conference

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 10, 2016

Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler, right, holds his new jersey as he poses with owner Bob McNair during a news conference Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Houston. The Texans have filled their biggest need, starting free agency with a splash by snagging Osweiler from Denver. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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A day after ESPN's Adam Schefter reported quarterback Brock Osweiler had agreed to a four-year, $72 million deal with the Houston Texans following a strong 2015 season with the Denver Broncos, the signal-caller took the podium Thursday and answered questions about his seismic career shift. 

Osweiler got things rolling by thanking members of the Texans organization for affording him an opportunity to lead Houston forward, as the NFL's Twitter account documented:  

The NFL also relayed video of the 25-year-old discussing the factors that played into his decision to leave the reigning Super Bowl champions and sign with Houston:

Osweiler later explained how the process played out after a report from Mike Klis of 9News in Denver indicated that the quarterback "stopped returning phone calls" to coaches and "some teammates" in the two weeks that preceded his move. 

According to the Houston Chronicle's John McClain, Osweiler said he was simply following his agent's lead when it came to the lack of an open dialogue entering the negotiating process: 

NFL Network's James Palmer added another tidbit, noting Osweiler went on the record saying Denver put an offer on the table "for a small time." 

Houston's new franchise centerpiece then clarified that Denver's decision to bench him in favor of Peyton Manning during the team's Week 17 game against the San Diego Chargers didn't play a role in his decision. 

"Absolutely not," Osweiler said, per's Chris Wesseling. "That's football. I supported coach Kubiak's decision 100 percent. "I will always do what's best for the football team. ... I'm a team player. We won a championship."

As it pertains to on-field matters in Houston, Osweiler seemed to express that he'll relish the opportunity to grow and evolve as a passer under head coach Bill O'Brien. 

"I told [Coach O'Brien] I want him to coach the heck out of me," Osweiler said, per McClain. "I want to get better."

Furthermore, Osweiler appeared motivated to improve and justify his deal after an eight-game sample that included 1,967 passing yards, 10 touchdowns and six interceptions landed him the lucrative offer. 

"Nobody will outwork me and nobody will out-prepare me," Osweiler added, according to Pro Football Talk.

The gunslinger was also incapable of containing his excitement when it came to discussing how he feels about teaming up with wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who tallied 111 catches for 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns last season with little stability at quarterback. 

Finally, Osweiler touched on the Texans' 2016 showdown with the Broncos. While the two teams are guaranteed to clash at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, a date has yet to be determined. 

However, Osweiler had a suggestion that fans could assuredly get behind.

"It would be a hell of an environment to go back there for opening night," he said, according to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson 

Considering Houston already has one of the league's stingiest defenses, adding a quarterback of Osweiler's caliber could catapult the Texans into a more competitive tier in the AFC.

Factor in additions such as running back Lamar Miller and lineman Jeff Allen—Houston confirmed both signings Thursday—and the Texans have the makings of a more balanced club that will be able to compete in shootouts or slugfests. 

It will undoubtedly take some time for Osweiler to learn O'Brien's scheme and get comfortable in his new surroundings, but the pieces are in place for Houston to thrive.