An open letter to Brock Osweiler
You may not remember me, but a few months back you were a guest on one of our shows here at Arizona Sports 620. I was taking pictures, and the fact that I am Arizona alum was brought up during the interview. You proceeded to apologize for beating my alma mater in the most recent Territorial Cup, though I kind of doubted your sincerity at the time.
Enough time has passed, though, and I've forgiven you. Sure, Arizona's 31-27 win last November has played a role, but really, I'm over it. I'm not angry, bitter or resentful towards you in any way, and to prove it I'm going to offer you some advice:
Don't leave ASU, not yet.
While both offer something you undoubtedly covet (Noel Mazzone, a career), the truth is the best place for you, at this very moment, is the one you are at. Because, as it stands, you still have plenty left to accomplish at the collegiate level. Plenty you need to accomplish at the collegiate level.
Though you passed for 4,036 yards and 26 touchdowns in your first season as a starter, you also tossed 13 interceptions. You may have set school records, but your team's record was just 6-7. Are you cool with your Sun Devil career ending on a five-game losing streak? Maybe if you were going to be one of the first QBs selected in April, but there is no way a team picks you ahead of Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III,and you're not likely to go ahead of Nick Foles, either. You have potential, but much of it is unrealized. One more year of seasoning in Tempe could vault you into the first round of the draft, but right now you're probably looking at the third round - at best - which should not be enough for you to leave.
Then again, maybe it's not about feeling like you are ready for the next level. Could it be that the reason you are thinking of ending your career at ASU is because Mazzone already did. I have no doubt the guy played a huge role in getting you to where you are right now, but you know what? Him leaving is no reason for you to do the same.
Football - hell, life - will be full of change. Teammates, coaches, teams; this will not be the last time something like this happens in your career. You will have different coaches and you will learn different offenses. That's how it is, that's how it will be, and if you can't handle it maybe you should find a different profession.
Does that come off a bit harsh? That's not what I'm going for here.
Because, truth be told, I actually think you could go on to have a long, productive career in the NFL. At 6-foot-8 (did you know you were that tall?), with your wheels and cannon for an arm, by the time you're done with college there will be a line of teams hoping to land you in the draft.
But please, Brock, trust me when I say making them wait just one more season would be the best thing for you.
Thank you and Bear Down,