HOUSTON — Former Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler was benched during Sunday’s Houston Texans’ game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The move came after Osweiler threw two interceptions in the second quarter. It was Osweiler’s fourth game this season with multiple interceptions.
Before entering today's game, Tom Savage had not attempted a pass in the NFL since 2014. pic.twitter.com/vlRuR6g525
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 18, 2016
Before his benching, in addition to the two interceptions, Osweiler completed just 6 of 11 passes for 48 yards.
Osweiler took over for an injured Peyton Manning last season. When Manning retired, many assumed it would be Osweiler’s job. But he jumped ship for a four-year, $72 million deal with the Texans, with $37 million guaranteed in the first two seasons.
Texans backup quarterback Tom Savage entered the game and immediately made a long pass to receiver Wendall Williams.
Not only did the crowd go nuts, but the internet went crazy with reactions after the benching.
I guarantee you John Elway is smiling https://t.co/boQb23OtIQ
— trey wingo (@wingoz) December 18, 2016
Brock Osweiler benching is yet another reminder that John Elway knows what he is doing.
— Sam Farmer (@LATimesfarmer) December 18, 2016
John Elway watching the Texans right now pic.twitter.com/NEhhTNT1Eu
— Ashok Moore (@AshokMoore) December 18, 2016
Osweiler pulled by O'Brien in Week 15.
Osweiler pulled by Kubiak in Week 17 last year
It's the most benchiest time of the year.
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) December 18, 2016
Elway & Co right now….. pic.twitter.com/Mk1thjDKdD
— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) December 18, 2016
The Texans (8-6) rallied to win the game and are in first place in the AFC South. But the Tennessee Titans (8-6) and Indianapolis Colts (7-7) could still win the division.