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Osweiler had a shot, likely blew it

Osweiler had a shot, likely blew it
Published On: Sat, Aug 12
Jul 27, 2017; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) throws a pass during practice at Cleveland Browns Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

The Browns, by all appearances, gave Brock Osweiler the starting quarterback assignment for Week One of the preseason as a two-fold test. First, could he get ready to play effectively as the starter on short notice, which any backup quarterback must be able to do? Second, could he take charge of the starting offense, prompting the locker room to clamor for him to be the guy?

By all appearances, Osweiler failed on both counts.

Though he didnt say so in those words, Osweiler said enough to allow that conclusion to be drawn.

I threw some incomplete passes, Osweiler told reporters. We werent able to get into a rhythm as an offense. Any time you struggle to get into a rhythm early, you are going to have a slow start to the game. That is what you saw tonight. There are no excuses for that. Honestly, that comes onto my shoulders. I have to find a way to spark this offense early, make plays for this offense early.

As to the incompletions, some of them were the result of Osweiler putting too much oomph on the ball.

I came to the sideline after I was done playing and after that third series, and [David] Lee, our quarterback coach, said, Boy Brock, you really have some pop on your ball tonight. I said, You know, I think youre right, Coach. Honestly, I think it was just a little bit of that preseason game [excitement]. I was excited to be out there again. I was having fun. It is just developing that timing with the receivers. No excuses for it whatsoever. . . . That is unacceptable. I have to give my receiver a chance.

The problem for Osweiler is that was his chance to deliver. His shot. His moment. Whatever term that gets used, coach Hue Jackson wisely created a scenario aimed at testing Osweiler. And Osweiler didnt deliver.

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