Tom Savage: You can’t replace Deshaun Watson

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After an offseason spent preparing himself to be the starting quarterback for the Texans, Tom Savage‘s time with the first team ended after one half of the season opener.

Savage was sacked six times and lost two fumbles while going 7-of-13 for 62 yards in those two quarters, which earned him a spot on the bench to watch Deshaun Watson take the league by storm over the last seven weeks. Watson’s assault came to an end on Thursday when he tore his ACL in practice, an injury that left Savage both “heartbroken” and back in the driver’s seat on offense in Houston.

Savage isn’t making promises he can’t keep about how the offense will look against the Colts this weekend and in the weeks to follow.

“You can’t replace Deshaun Watson,” Savage said, via Jeff Darlington of ESPN. “The kid has been playing absolutely lights out. My job is to just help out. … I’m just going to state the obvious: There’s things he can do that I can’t do.”

That much was clear before that season-opening loss was finished. The question for the Texans is whether they can shift gears offensively and keep winning or if the losses of J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus on defense changed the equation for them to the point where they need someone like Watson to get the results they want.

28 responses to “Tom Savage: You can’t replace Deshaun Watson

  1. terripet says:
    November 3, 2017 at 11:39 am
    This is why you’re not a starter you have no confidence

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    So why is Andrew Luck not a starter?

  2. Savage can play. He doesn’t have the game reps under his belt for it to have slowed down for him. As a pocket passer who can’t run like Watson, he needs to be able to make quicker decisions to be successful because his legs can’t buy him the time he needs to decide what to do with the ball. If he doesn’t get hurt, expect him to be relatively decent by the end of the season, but he’s right – he can’t “replace” Deshaun Watson. Fortunately for the Texans, the Jaguars are the only team in the division that looks any good (and that only in alternating weeks), so unless the Titans wake up, they still have a shot at the playoffs.

  3. terripet says:
    November 3, 2017 at 11:39 am
    This is why you’re not a starter you have no confidence

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    No, he is being realistic.

  4. red says:
    November 3, 2017 at 12:03 pm
    terripet says:
    November 3, 2017 at 11:39 am
    This is why you’re not a starter you have no confidence

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    No, he is being realistic.

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    I suspect at this point the Texans could put Gumby in at QB and still pummel the Colts

  5. Unless you’re the patriots where their system can fix any QB, especially 2 yard tom!
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    it has to confuse you that Brady is 3rd in the NFL in yards per pass 8.2ypa
    Alex Smith 8.4
    Deshuan Watson 8.3
    Two Yard Tom 8.2

  6. factschecker says:
    November 3, 2017 at 12:08 pm
    Unless you’re the patriots where their system can fix any QB, especially 2 yard tom!
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    it has to confuse you that Brady is 3rd in the NFL in yards per pass 8.2ypa
    Alex Smith 8.4
    Deshuan Watson 8.3
    Two Yard Tom 8.2

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    He is also 1st in completions over 20 yards

  7. nhpats says:
    November 3, 2017 at 11:46 am

    So why is Andrew Luck not a starter?
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    He is a starter.

  8. You can’t replace Deshaun Watson?

    That is literally exactly what you yourself are doing.

    Oh, maybe you weren’t saying “Deshaun Watson can’t be replaced,” but addressing the questioner specifically, as in “YOU, sir, cannot replace Deshaun Watson, because that’s MY job”

    Ok I get it now

  9. What he meant to say was “I can’t replace Deshaun Watson.” Which is true. He can go out and line up under center but there is no way he can replace Watson.
    But there is no shame in that. There aren’t any teams where the b/u QB is as good as the starter.

  10. RGIII?? He took the league by storm too until he got hurt. Now out of the league. Browns could be big winners here.

  11. People still slobbering over a 3 interception loss. But Watson does have them above .500…..oh wait

  12. “There aren’t any teams where the b/u QB is as good as the starter.”

    Cincinnati

    Houston (at the beginning of the year)
    Denver?
    Cleveland?
    Jacksonville?
    Miami?
    San Francisco?
    Minnesota?

  13. Max Goop says:
    November 3, 2017 at 2:53 pm
    People still slobbering over a 3 interception loss. But Watson does have them above .500…..oh wait
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    A rookie led his offense to 38 point on a top notch defense despite turnovers. That’s slobbering material to most who know a little about the game.

  14. Houston can still win the division. They still have good running backs, and some pieces. The QB situation with the other three teams isn’t anything to write home about, and both Tennessee and Jacksonville are good for one head-scratching loss late in the season (to the Colts or 49ers maybe?)

  15. Big difference between a mobile and a running QB. At this point Watson has been mobile enough to escape the pass rush and run when he has to, sliding before taking a big hit. But, he’s been very good in the pocket too. Guys like RG III run wild, take too many hits and end up on IR or out of the league.

  16. blacknyellablacknyella says:
    November 3, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    “There aren’t any teams where the b/u QB is as good as the starter.”

    Cincinnati

    Houston (at the beginning of the year)
    Denver?
    Cleveland?
    Jacksonville?
    Miami?
    San Francisco?
    Minnesota?
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    Those probably fit into the “as bad” category.

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