HOUSTON (AP) — Of all the mistakes the Houston Texans made in a loss to Denver on Monday night one stood out above the rest.
Brock Osweiler dropped back to pass on the first play of the fourth quarter and with no defender close to him he simply lost his handle on the ball and it tumbled slightly forward and to the ground.
It was scooped up by a Broncos defender, serving as a lasting image of a night where Osweiler and Houston's supposedly upgraded offense did little right.
Osweiler completed 22 of 41 passes for just 131 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions as the Texans (4-3) fell to 0-3 on the road this season with the 27-9 loss.
He continued to overthrow and underthrow receivers, and at least two of the 6-foot-7 quarterback's throws were batted down at the line.
This, it's safe to assume, isn't what the Texans were hoping for when they lured him away from the Broncos with that massive $72 million contract in an attempt to cure the quarterback woes that have nagged them for much of their existence.
However coach Bill O'Brien said he hasn't considered benching Osweiler, simply saying: "No" without further explanation when asked the question on Tuesday.
O'Brien has stood up for his quarterback week after week as outside criticism has grown, with many saying that Osweiler isn't worth the contract Houston gave him after he had started just seven games before this season.
He continued to back Osweiler on Tuesday and insisted that everyone needs to do more to get the offense on track as the team prepares to host Detroit on Sunday.