Even though the Houston Texans invested heavily in the offense during the offseason, the identity of the team was still J.J. Watt and the defense.
And through three games, the defense has outplayed the offense. But even though Houston placed Watt on injured reserve on Wednesday, quarterback Brock Osweiler doesn’t think the three-time Defensive Player of the Year’s absence puts any more pressure on the offense.
“I don’t think there are any givens, and that’s not an indictment on anybody,” Fox said.
Cutler is in the middle of a seven-year, $126.7 million contract he signed in 2014. The Bears haven’t had a winning record since 2012. Fox and general manager Ryan Pace stuck with Cutler after taking over the Bears in 2015, in part because of a $10 million guarantee in his contract.
Working with offensive coordinator Adam Gase last season, Cutler responded well, cut down his interceptions, showed better leadership and had one of his best years statistically. But Gase is now in Miami, and Cutler looked back to his old self in the two games he started. His completion percentage is down and, most important, the Bears haven’t won.
Cutting Cutler is no longer a money issue, either. He’s signed through 2020, but his contract doesn’t have any guaranteed money after this season. He could be cut in the offseason and count only $2 million under the 2017 cap.
“I don’t think anything changes offensively now that the news of J.J. going on IR has come out,” Osweiler said. “Bottom line, we need to score points. We need to score a lot of them. We knew that whether he was put on IR or not.”
In the first three games of the season, Osweiler has completed 59.6 percent of his passes for 695 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions. His worst game came Thursday in Houston’s 27-0 loss to the New England Patriots, during which he never established an offensive rhythm and the Texans didn’t cross midfield until less than two minutes left in the third quarter.
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This he said-he said battle first was reported by Jalopnik.
Tolbert claimed Monday in an Instagram post that he was quoted a price and a 10-day completion time, and that more than two months later the work had not been completed. He also claimed the price from the original quote had gone up.