The Texans waited until the fourth round to select quarterback Tom Savage, adding a quarterback with promise to the roster but not one that is a clear choice to be the team’s starter in the 2014 season.
That leaves the most important position on the offense up for grabs in a competition between Savage, Ryan Fitzpatrick, T.J. Yates and Case Keenum, which doesn’t quite fit with owner Bob McNair’s earlier vows not to go through a lengthy rebuilding process after going 2-14 last season. The lack of certainty at quarterback isn’t doing anything to shake that belief, however.
“Well there are 11 positions on offense and defense; very few teams have all of them filled to their satisfaction,” McNair said, via ESPN.com. “I don’t know if we’ve ever been in that position. I think we’re a pretty solid team and we’ve got our core players who are still around who are outstanding. That’s why I said I just thought we need to fill in some holes, which we have done, but you aren’t going out and completely tearing the team up and rebuilding it from scratch. That’s not the case at all.”
The Texans made several moves to shore up their running game and defense during the draft, two areas where improvement would take pressure off whoever winds up starting at quarterback in Houston this season. If they improve enough, McNair’s desire to avoid an extended rebuilding process has a much better chance of succeeding even as the team hunts for the right answer at quarterback.