Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio shed light on why the Texans shipped Osweiler to Cleveland after just one season in Houston. According to PFT, the Texans decided to move on in part because of an incident involving Osweiler and coach Bill O’Brien.
At halftime of the Texans’ Week 17 loss to the Titans, Osweiler was told that he’d be finishing the game due to Tom Savage’s concussion. This is what happened next, per PFT:
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.And that was that for Osweiler in Houston. Following that incident, the team was determined to find a way to move on from him.