Bill O’Brien: I haven’t chosen my starting quarterback, might not until Thursday

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Texans coach Bill O’Brien hasn’t made up his mind about his starting quarterback for Thursday night’s game against the Bengals.

O’Brien told reporters after today’s practice that he’s still evaluating both Tom Savage, who started Sunday’s loss to the Jaguars, and Deshaun Watson, who came off the bench after O’Brien benched Savage.

O’Brien said it might even be a game-time decision. He may think it’s advantageous not to give Cincinnati any advance notice, although the Bengals are preparing to face Watson.

It seems unlikely that O’Brien would turn back to Watson now after having such a quick hook with Savage, but O’Brien has been unpredictable in the handling of his quarterbacks throughout his tenure in Houston. So no one can say for sure what O’Brien will do this week. Not even O’Brien himself.

42 responses to “Bill O’Brien: I haven’t chosen my starting quarterback, might not until Thursday

  1. O’Brien’s failure to settle on a QB will ultimately lead to his demise as Texans HC. He fails to realize by now, there’s only one Tom Brady. He should have made a move for Jacoby Brissett.

  2. They truly just need to blow up the front office and coaching staff (except Vrable). GM is a deadbeat and OBrian has been saved by being in an incredibly bad division that will give anyone a winning record. It’s sad..

  3. The key words here is “I haven’t chosen my starting quarterback” when decoded means management has informed him who his starting quarterback will be and he’ll announce it on Thursday. When you consider the Brock debacle and the way Savage looked on Sunday, Rick Smith and Billy O realize their ship is taking on water and hope D-Watson has that magic life-saver!

  4. Or he made the choice and he just isn’t telling a bunch of people who don’t matter what the choice is so his opponent doesn’t know who to prepare for?

  5. attonasi says:
    September 12, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Or he made the choice and he just isn’t telling a bunch of people who don’t matter what the choice is so his opponent doesn’t know who to prepare for?
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    Does it matter?

  6. attonasi says:
    September 12, 2017 at 5:00 pm
    Or he made the choice and he just isn’t telling a bunch of people who don’t matter what the choice is so his opponent doesn’t know who to prepare for?
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    This theory is overrated. If a team has one QB who can actually move and make plays with his feet and one who can’t, just prepare for the one that can and you’ll be covered even if they start the one who plays like a dime store indian wearing cement shoes.

  7. Last year O’Brien had Osweiller shoved down his throat by the GM without being allowed to interview, meet with or even speak with the player before he was signed.

    This year the same GM did nothing to improve the Oline except let the left tackle hold out and has apparently not even bothered to speak with his agent.

    O’Brien is a good coach but the GM is hamstringing him bigtime and has done so the whole time he’s been in Houston. The GM is the problem there, not Bill O’Brien.

  8. harrisonhits2 says:
    September 12, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Last year O’Brien had Osweiller shoved down his throat by the GM without being allowed to interview, meet with or even speak with the player before he was signed.

    This year the same GM did nothing to improve the Oline except let the left tackle hold out and has apparently not even bothered to speak with his agent.

    O’Brien is a good coach but the GM is hamstringing him bigtime and has done so the whole time he’s been in Houston. The GM is the problem there, not Bill O’Brien.
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    How about the year before that, and the year before that, etc.?

  9. O’Brien’s failure to settle on a QB will ultimately lead to his demise as Texans HC. He fails to realize by now, there’s only one Tom Brady. He should have made a move for Jacoby Brissett.
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    ‘There’s only 1 Tom Brady’……. so the Texans should have traded for his backup..

    I’m not following your logic on that one…….

  10. When I hear the media ask a coach about which QB will start, I always think about that classic “next” Mike Ditka rant. “There’s three quarterbacks on this football team. Whichever one starts, starts. Whichever ones don’t, will back him up. Period, cut and dry. It’s nobody’s concern but ours. Nobody’s. Next…”.

  11. question # 1 . How many games do rookie QBs win ?
    answer : not many
    question # 2. who owns the texans draft picks in rounds 1 & 2 in next yr draft ?
    answer : the Cleveland Browns
    question # 3. if Watson is a bust ,how many yrs worth of 1st round pick will the Browns own of the Texans to get back the pick they gave up for Watson ?
    answer 3-5 be my guess

  12. @aarons444 says:

    O’Brien’s failure to settle on a QB will ultimately lead to his demise as Texans HC. He fails to realize by now, there’s only one Tom Brady. He should have made a move for Jacoby Brissett.
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    ‘There’s only 1 Tom Brady’……. so the Texans should have traded for his backup..

    I’m not following your logic on that one…….
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    I had to up vote your post! Since he’s already had Hoyer and Mallett, maybe the third time is the charm? LOL

  13. If it wasn’t for all the hype about playing week one in Houston after the whole flood deal, with most people probably assuming they would blow out the Jags, he probably wouldn’t have felt the pressure to pull Savage after two quarters.

  14. At this point, is this guy just trying to CREATE a QB controversy?

    Let’s hope that at least the team has been informed of who’s getting the nod, because it doesn’t seem like so much public uncertainty is beneficial to inexperienced quarterbacks trying to gain some confidence. What’s the old saying? “If you think you have two quarterbacks, you don’t have any quarterbacks.”

  15. mmack66 says:
    September 12, 2017 at 5:19 pm
    How about the year before that, and the year before that, etc.?

    cosmicconvoy says:
    September 12, 2017 at 7:26 pm
    Bill O’Brien. Another QB-killing QB guru.
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    This is the list of (ahem) starters Rick Smith provided for O’Brien to choose from:
    2016) Brock Osweiler, Tom Savage
    2015) Brian Hoyer,Ryan Mallett, T. J. Yates, Brandon Weeden
    2014) Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Mallett, Case Keenum

    Guru your way out of that. All things considered O’Brien has done a fair job making chicken salad out of chicken spit.

  16. harrisonhits2 says “O’Brien is a good coach but the GM is hamstringing him bigtime and has done so the whole time he’s been in Houston. The GM is the problem there, not Bill O’Brien.”

    Well yeah, the front office has failed to identify a real QB and has failed to build an offense. But that doesn’t mean Bill O’Brien is a good HC. Dude is obviously outmatched, outclassed, indecisive and uninspiring. It doesn’t have to be one persons failure alone, there are several men in the management / coaching structure who are failing the Texans, and Bill O’Brien is ABSOLUTELY one of them.

    You people and your “everything has to be entirely one persons fault alone” arguments are just clueless. You want to oversimplify every problem to the point of stupidity. THEY ARE ALL FAILING the franchise and the city of Houston.

  17. If your only other option is Tom Savage, the choice was made a long time ago. I don’t think anyone is being fooled by this charade. But then again, if Watson is your only other choice, the whole franchise is in trouble.

  18. I’m amazed at how many fans seem to think that Bill O’Brien isn’t on the committee that decides which QB’s that Rick Smith drafts/signs. O’Brien is allegedly a QB guru, but you guys allow yourselves to believe that management doesn’t seek his input? Do you also believe that Rick Smith didn’t listen to Romeo Crennel and Mike Vrabel in building the defense?

  19. O’Brien has done this every year he’s been a HC. Go through training camp, pick a starter, then change your mind at halftime of game 1.

    It’s not a good look.

  20. Hey Mr. O’Brien, if you want to last in this league, you start the most recent QB your GM drafted. Or it’s back to the college level with a little school, if one will even take you. And there’s a reason nobody has ever heard of Tom Savage. If Watson fails, that falls on your GM’s head. Either way you’re slowly on your way out so quit messing with your players heads by trying to keep everyone in suspense. You’re not Belichick and you never will be.

  21. When it comes to QBs, I think the saying goes if you have two you don’t have any. Go with the rookie, Bill and stop playing the I don’t know game.

  22. They might as well start Watson, and let him develop that way, because he isn’t going to develop under the qb whisperer or by holding a clipboard and watching Savage.

  23. It doesn’t matter who they have in at quarterback if the offensive line is n’t going to protect them …. so who the quarterback will be is the wrong question.

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