The Houston quarterback switch has been good for DeAndre Hopkins

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As the Texans head toward an unexpected postseason appearance with an unexpected name leading the offense, receiver DeAndre Hopkins has offered praise for the man who replaced $72 million quarterback Brock Osweiler.

Hopkins said that Tom Savage maintained a sense of humor and a steady demeanor throughout last Saturday’s game against the Bengals, despite plenty of adversity.

“Oh, yeah, that’s one thing about him that you have to love,” Hopkins said, via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. “He’s always even-keeled throughout. Even when he was getting sacked he would come back to the sideline he was the same guy. ‘Let’s go out and do better next drive.’ I didn’t see him get frustrated, and I don’t think anybody saw him get frustrated during that.”

As Wilson points out, Savage and Hopkins seem to have better chemistry than Osweiler and Hopkins. Since Savage took over, Hopkins has 11 catches for 130 yards. With Osweiler, Hopkins had a sluggish output as he has tried to prove to the team that a large second contract is warranted.

“I’ve been knowing Tom since he got here,” Hopkins said. “Even when he wasn’t out there on the field he was still my buddy, still talking, still talking about football and things in general. Nothing’s changed.”

One thing has changed. Savage is now the starter, and he will be (barring injury) for the rest of the season, and most likely beyond.

18 responses to “The Houston quarterback switch has been good for DeAndre Hopkins

  1. Hopkins was producing probowl numbers last year with average to below average quarterbacks.

    It’s a testament to how terrible Osweiller has been to see a star receiver like Hopkins not able to produce with him as QB.

  2. Has Houston EVER had a decent QB? From Carr to Shaub to Fitz, Mallet, Hoyer, Yates, Brock, and the few other scrubs whose names I’ve forgotten.

    Osweiler never had a chance to succeed. The dope of a GM signed him to that crazy contract before the head coach had even met or interviewed him! How can a coach be expected to succeed if he’s left out of the selection process?

    Remember what Bill Parcells said? “If they want you to cook the dinner, at least they ought to let you shop for some of the groceries.”

  3. DeAndre Hopkins, the best of the WR’s we don’t talk about. Imagine what he could do with a top notch QB in an offense that featured him.


    We Texans fans can only dream 😔

  4. @rick01112

    The only decent QB that we’ve had was Schaub for a few years. But even then, he had Arian Foster, Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels in their primes.

  5. Schaub had a few or maybe 2 solid seasons. Outside of Schaub during that time they haven’t had that position set. That said they’ve only been around 15 years. There are plenty of other teams that have gone more than 15 years without a franchise guy. The new Browns have never had one. The Líons went what, 100 years before landing Staffiord?

  6. Hate to see a great receiver wasting his prime production years in a dsyfunctional organization.

  7. baldbuc,

    Schaub had more than just 2 solid seasons. He had 4 seasons with a QB rating of 90+. During those 5 seasons he passed for over 4,000 yards 3 times. He was a good quarterback who in 7 sseasons with Houston passed for 124 tds and 78 ints. Please stop sgort changing his career.

  8. I don’t see how 65 yards a game is an improvement. I literally think any half decent quarterback can throw to Hopkins and it takes a special kind of mediocre to keep his numbers this low the way these two have.

  9. ricko1112 says:
    Dec 31, 2016 4:44 PM

    Remember what Bill Parcells said? “If they want you to cook the dinner, at least they ought to let you shop for some of the groceries.”

    Yea, only problem down here in Houston is nobody
    knows what the hell to shop for; haven’t known for the last 14 years!

  10. A huge majority of Hopkins’s 2015 numbers came while playing in come-from-behind mode, so it shouldn’t surprise he had a massive number of targets when Savage came in against the Jags a couple TDs down.

    Expectations should run more like last game when the Texans weren’t in panic mode…and that’s not so beneficial to Hopkins’s numbers.

  11. BTW, for those blaming the QB play, the same QBs that have an 80+ quarterback rating for the rest of the team has a QB rating around 50 for Hopkins. Hopkins is overrated. He doesn’t separate well leaving only tight windows to throw into. It also means while he’s a great pass catcher, he isn’t a “playmaker”. Last year he had only 1.7 yards after the catch, while this year that is up to a whopping 2.5 yards, that still tanks him 288 out of 300 in the NFL.

    So wet your left with is a high risk, low reward receiver.

  12. Apparently, the Texans, their fans, and the media no longer are concerned about winning and advancing in the playoffs, the only thing they are concerned about is if Hopkins is happy.

    It is true that Hopkins is really a subpar receiver and that is why Texan QBs have not bee able to maintain any consistent and long term success with Hopkins catching the balls thrown at him.

    You guys, including the self-perceived geniuses in the media, must not have noticed how Savage struggled in the last game against a subpar opponent, not unlike Osweiler.

    The Texans run in the playoffs will be short.

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