Texans confirm Tom Savage will start vs. Bengals

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Benching Brock Osweiler was not a one-game decision.

Texans coach Bill O’Brien confirmed today that Tom Savage, who replaced Osweiler in Sunday’s comeback win over the Jaguars, will remain Houston’s starter when the Texans face the Bengals on Saturday night.

“Tom Savage will be the starting quarterback this week against Cincinnati,” O’Brien said. “As I said yesterday, we don’t make decisions based on anything other than what’s best for the team. We make decisions on what we think helps the team win, and I think yesterday, this week, Tom Savage gives us the best chance to win. We’re going to give him a week to prepare to start and see how he does on Saturday night against the Bengals.”

O’Brien defended Osweiler as a good teammate who took his benching well.

“I have total respect for Brock Osweiler,” O’Brien said. “Yesterday he did a nice job between series, helping Tom, telling him what he saw.”

After signing Osweiler to a four-year, $72 million contract this offseason, the Texans can’t feel good about benching him just 14 games into his tenure in Houston. But there’s little doubt that O’Brien made the right call yesterday and the right call today. Osweiler simply isn’t playing well enough to earn a starting job.

57 responses to “Texans confirm Tom Savage will start vs. Bengals

  1. O’Brien defended Osweiler as a good teammate who took his benching well.

    “I have total respect for Brock Osweiler,” O’Brien said. “Yesterday he did a nice job between series, helping Tom, telling him what he saw.”
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    Lol. The NFL is where you get praised after robbing somebody.

  2. Not sure why Pitt can’t develop its own QB, but Tom Savage started now what will be likely a four year run of graduate transfers that were plugged in and so far so good.

    Savage had a strong arm and looked a pro QB in 2014. Nate Peterman has done the job the last two years and now Max Browne has transferred from SoCal.

  3. I’m no guru, but I liked Savage and Garoppolo in that draft. I’m a Bengals fan who hopes my team wins, but I’d like to see the kid play well.

  4. Savage will do just fine, as long as he can take the snap and patiently watch the bengals implode on 5-6 consecutive defensive penalties. That and the ability for him to side-step a Burfict cheap-shot knee dive.

  5. Osweiler has a guaranteed 16MM next year.
    So cutting him saves nothing.
    After 2017 he can be cut, with a 6MM dead money hit from his prorated signing bonus.

    Osweiller turned his 8 games started with the Broncos into 42MM over 2 years. Thats good money!

  6. I bet he has been “Truly, Madly, Deeply” waiting for this opportunity. Ok, bad joke, but that name just sticks.

  7. Not sure why he would announce this so early. While it comes as no surprise, I would rather have seen him leave some room for interpretation so the Bengals had to prepare for two different QBs.

    Maybe that’s just me being an armchair QB, but I think any advantage you can get you should take.

  8. Matt Flynn 2.0

    Whats amazing is how much the NFL pays people for garbage. Giants fan, not a Patriots fan but Belichek should get $25 mil a year and a regular coach $300k, theres that much of a value difference.

  9. Osweiller looked good in Denver which makes you wonder is it the system, the coaching, the altitude? We’ve all seen players that were solid on one team and then take a gigantic dump on another…..or vice versa, a guy who is mediocre on one team and goes to another and becomes a star. Crazy…..

  10. intrafinesse says:
    Dec 19, 2016 3:59 PM
    Osweiler has a guaranteed 16MM next year.
    So cutting him saves nothing.
    After 2017 he can be cut, with a 6MM dead money hit from his prorated signing bonus.
    Osweiller turned his 8 games started with the Broncos into 42MM over 2 years. Thats good money!

    They “only” owe him 37 mil. He only gets the extra 6 mil. if he’s cut “during” the 2017 NFL calendar year. So it looks like he will be one high priced backup next year.

  11. Brock has two things going for him, he can’t get hurt sitting on the bench and the State of Texas doesn’t have a state income tax.

  12. Sure he took it well. He was delusional about being benched for a Hall of Famer who was still better than him in his diminished state going into a successful Super Bowl run , so I’m sure he’s rational about this one.

  13. As a Cowboys fan, i would like to thank Brock. Had he stayed in Denver, my Boys would have traded up for Paxton Lynch and Dak would probably be a Patriot. The ripple effect.

  14. A lot of people complain about Baalke and about how he has a job still, but no one seems to complain about Rick Smith, he has been in large part a disaster, but he still has his job

  15. “GO BENGALS !!!!”

    That’s right, go Bengals. Bengals players go directly to your couches. Do not go to the playoffs where you would lose immediately anyway. Go home and watch the big boy teams play.

  16. “Brock has two things going for him, he can’t get hurt sitting on the bench and the State of Texas doesn’t have a state income tax.”

    He also has almost 15 million dollars in the bank from this contract after taxes and agent’s fees. He’s set for life if he never plays another game or works at any other job.

    I’d say he has a lot more going for him than most of the people posting here.

  17. I think O’Brien kills offenses. I didn’t like his as the Offensive coordinator with the Pats, haven’t liked him since then. Savage probably benefited from the Jaguars not having tape on him. Bet he doesn’t look so good next week.

  18. Steelers fans talking smack because you beat a bad Bengals team! They had to come from behind and have the Bengals self destruct to win but you guys are the greatest, in your mind.

  19. Yesterday he did a nice job between series, helping Tom, telling him what he saw.

    Not so sure how much you can trust what Osweiller sees. The guy literally threw a pass, put his hands on his head, and fell to his knees before the defender even touched the ball.

  20. Bottom line is Osweiller didnt have the body of work to justify that investment. He could have panned out like he is struggling right now. Its like the Texans thought if they payed him enough money he would become for sure “the guy”. Doesnt work that way.

  21. “Osweiller looked good in Denver…”
    _______

    Not for any sustained amount of time he didn’t. He lost the starting job to Manning following a 5-turnover game and several other iffy outings. He won accolades for a tiny stretch where he never was asked to win games but only to avoid losing them–to the point that constant three-and-outs were lauded as long as turnovers could be avoided–but then couldn’t even hold the job with the bar at that very low level.

  22. rogerruinedmylife says:
    Dec 19, 2016 6:37 PM
    Ho, Ho, Ho! What a gigantic mistake by the Texans to sign this guy, big, sight unseen! To all the Elway haters who wouldn’t match Houston’s Brocky offer. Wanna get away?

    ————

    Firstly, Denver did want to keep him. That’s who was going to start if he didn’t test the open market.

    Secondly, Houston is leading their division and Denver have a 90% chance of missing the playoffs.

  23. Osweiler is Matt Flynn, Millennial version.

    As for Savage, I remember a couple of scouting reports by people who know their stuff, saying he could develop into one of the better pro QBs out of that draft class. Big-time arm, tough, good intangibles… just needed some seasoning and work on the mental aspect. That’s what I recall, anyway.

  24. If the Texans really want to beat the Bengals, they should sign TJ Yates. He’s beaten the Bengals multiple times.

  25. theroc5156 says:
    Dec 19, 2016 8:03 PM
    If the Texans really want to beat the Bengals, they should sign TJ Yates. He’s beaten the Bengals multiple times.
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    Yeah, TJ’s the great Bengal hunter!

  26. you can tell how good a quarterback is by how close their arm triangle is. Ear, Elbow, Wrist. Brock’s is like a 180 degree obtuse angle. Research it. The best throwers pass the ball like a great boxer throws punches. Brock’s arm angle looks like he great up playing the harp.

  27. Houston has to be having some serious buyers’ remorse with Ossweiller. What could they possibly have seen that made them believe he was worth that kind of money?

  28. rogerruinedmylife says:
    Dec 19, 2016 6:37 PM
    Ho, Ho, Ho! What a gigantic mistake by the Texans to sign this guy, big, sight unseen! To all the Elway haters who wouldn’t match Houston’s Brocky offer. Wanna get away?

    ————

    Firstly, Denver did want to keep him. That’s who was going to start if he didn’t test the open market.

    Secondly, Houston is leading their division and Denver have a 90% chance of missing the playoffs.
    ___________________________________
    You really want to go there? Yes, Denver wanted to keep him at half the price your team gagged up site unseen.

    As for Denver missing the playoffs, hey pal, if we played in your division we would go every year. By the way, who won the SB last year? Tick tock muchacho! Tell Brocky hi from Colorado!

  29. Brock be smilin all the way to the bank….$42 mil and a Superbowl ring.

    He’ll hold a clipboard w a smile and help the starter figure out what not to do.

    Overhyped is better than underpaid…can’t blame the guy for striking while the iron was scorching.

  30. wendyohno says:
    Dec 19, 2016 9:34 PM

    You really want to go there? Yes, Denver wanted to keep him at half the price your team gagged up site unseen.

    As for Denver missing the playoffs, hey pal, if we played in your division we would go every year. By the way, who won the SB last year? Tick tock muchacho! Tell Brocky hi from Colorado!
    —————————-
    I’ll go there. Elway offered $64 million, Texans $72 million. Both bad offers in hindsight. Not half! Any other clarification needed?

  31. Amazing. Elway is now the idiot even though he was bright enough to tap the brakes and not to give starter money to Brocky even though it was Houston who rolled over like a dog in heat and gave Brocky everything and more. Whatever homers!

  32. Big props to HOU for making the right decision, Brock would have set the franchise back years if they didn’t cut cord. Really, really impressed by this move from Bill O’Brien. Now if they can give Rick Smith das boot theyll be SB bound

  33. Perfect Scenario here for Bengals fans is that Dalton gets nicked and has a minor injury, allowing AJ McCarron to showcase himself for at least one game. He’s gone after this year, hopefully they can at least make someone pay up for him.

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