MIAMI – Brock Osweiler has taken his fair share of shots over the past few years — both from opposing defenses and from his critics. But the Kalispell native got back on the field on Sunday and showed he can still win in the NFL.
Osweiler made his first start for Miami when Ryan Tannehill was surprisingly held out with an injury, and the 6-foot-7 27-year-old had one of his best days as a pro against the highly rated Chicago Bears defense.
Osweiler threw for a career-high 380 yards, completing 28 of 44 passes with three touchdowns and a couple interceptions. He led the Dolphins back from an 11-point, third-quarter deficit to pick up a much-needed win in overtime.
“I felt comfortable from the first play,” said the former Flathead Brave afterward. “I think there comes a certain point when you’ve played enough games and you’ve prepared mentally the correct way, you’re not going to have any jitters, and you’re going to be ready to go from the first play. This is my job. My job is to be ready to play football when coach (Adam) Gase says, so I’ll always be ready.”
Osweiler praised the coaching staff on Sunday and said he signed with Miami this offseason because he wanted to play for head coach Adam Gase again, his former quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator in Denver.
The Dolphins have not announced who will start this coming week versus Detroit, although Tannehill is expected to get the job back once he is healthy.