The Houston Texans gave Super Bowl champion Brock Osweiler a ton of money ($72 million!) to become their franchise quarterback over the offseason, and the 25-year-old now faces the difficult task of mastering an entirely different offense before the season kicks off in September. In an illuminating feature by ESPN's Tania Ganguli, Osweiler compared going to a new team to being a kindergartener.
"It's like the first day of school and going to a new school. Who's going to be my new best friend? What's our teacher like?"
Osweiler's getting an assist during his study sessions at home from his wife, Erin.
"Osweiler had memorized the "basic information" section of the Texans' playbook, which includes four pages of cadences, and also huddle instructions, explanations of how the play is called, personnel groupings, the names of motions and shifts, and defensive terminology. The most extensive part of the playbook's opening section explains all the Texans' formations. It's 18 pages.
.... When he felt comfortable with what he learned, usually between 8 and 9 p.m., he called for his wife, Erin.
"My wife will act as the offensive coordinator at times during the evening," Osweiler said. "I'll have her read the full play to me. I'll sit there and try to picture it, spit it back out to her, make sure I'm verbalizing it the right way so that when I step into the huddle the next day in practice, things are coming out clear."