Brock Osweiler, who signed a four-year, $72 million deal in March is now the Texans' franchise quarterback, and through four games he's looked ... well, a lot like the replacement-level passer he was in Denver last season.
The lowlight came in the Week 3 beatdown at the hands of the Patriots, a 27-0 loss in which Osweiler completed 59 percent of his throws that included an interception. He was better last Sunday against the Titans, completing 68 percent of his passes to go along with two touchdowns, but he also threw two more picks, giving him six on the season -- the same number he had in eight games last season.
Meanwhile, O'Brien remains unworried with Osweiler's inconsistency.
"'Am I concerned?' No, I'm not," the coach said, via ESPN.com. "I believe that it will get fixed. I think that overall Brock has played well for us. Other than the two interceptions, I thought the guy played a good football game for us (against Tennessee). Got us into the right plays, good tempo, so we just need to stop turning the ball over and I think a lot goes into that. Not just one player."
Osweiler's two interceptions came on passes intended for DeAndre Hopkins, one of the league's best young wideouts.
"I wouldn't call it trying to force the ball to Hop," Osweiler explained. "I would call it I need to make a more accurate throw. There is a fine line of do you try to force your No. 1 wide receiver the football? But in those cases I don't think we were forcing anything, I just think I need to make better decisions and throw more accurate footballs."
Look, we're just a month into the season, and Osweiler is still learning O'Brien's offense, so he's not a finished product. But he also ranks 30th in Football Outsiders' QB metric, ahead of only Ryan Tannehill, Joe Flacco and Ryan Fitzpatrick, a trio that has combined for 19 interceptions (10 courtesy of Fitzmagic!)
Of course, when expectations -- even the unreasonable ones -- aren't met, criticism will follow. It happened after the debacle in Foxborough, when Osweiler responded to the doubters.
"I think that's hilarious, to be honest with you," he said of those who questioned his decision-making skills. "The critique comes from a whole lot of people that don't know my read on that play. They've probably never actually sat in an offensive meeting in their life, let alone a quarterback meeting in the National Football League."
You know who has plenty of experience in quarterback meetings? John Elway, the Hall of Famer and Broncos general manager who lost Osweiler to Houston in the offseason and had this to say after watching the Patriots dismantle the Texans: "A lot of times those deals you don't make are the best ones."