Brock Osweiler has a secret weapon in his ability to remain upbeat and insanely confident after a career that would crush mere mortals. Osweiler is as sunny as a Phoenix morning, and he saw more than a few during his three seasons at Arizona State. He has the mindset of a four-time champion, not a guy on his fourth team in 20 months.
Just hours after learning Ryan Tannehill was out and he would start last Sunday against the Bears — and with most every pundit expecting him to fall on his face — Osweiler had the game of his life, throwing for a career-high 380 yards and three touchdowns.
“There are a lot of factors that are out of your control. You can control how hard you work, your effort, your attitude, how you’re training, how you’re studying; but whether you ever become No. 1 in the lineup or whether you get an opportunity to play on game day, a lot of times that’s out of your control,” he said.
Osweiler doesn’t do social media. He doesn’t read the paper. His car stereo isn’t set to talk radio. That’s a good start. But plenty of athletes put on blinders and still get ruined when failure stacks on top of failure.Osweiler is a special case, said Bill Aronson, a former military psychologist who now teaches sports and development psychology within the School of Integrated Science and Humanity.
“A lot of people would bail out and quit,” Aronson said. “He’s able to hang in there. He has intrinsic motivation.”
Aronson has followed Osweiler’s career since the beginning, and believes the quarterback has an innate inner strength that has been bolstered by supportive family, teammates and coaches.
“He’s learned from those losses and those cuts and excelled,” Aronson. “… I would imagine Brock is focused on keeping it simple. Game-by-game. Minute-by-minute. Eliminate the distracters. Not dealing with TV, social media, he gets in his little bubble and is not influenced by anybody. He wants it so badly, he’s a tough son of a gun.”
Read the full Miami Herald article on the Mind of Brock.