Tom Savage doesn’t know what’s next, but he’ll “be ready to go”


All offseason, the Texans insisted Tom Savage was their starting quarterback.

That lasted a half, as he was pulled for rookie Deshaun Watson, and no one’s saying now which one will start in the short week against the Bengals Thursday night.

Obviously, you never want to be replaced,” Savage said, via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. “That’s not a good feeling. It’s a team sport. I’ll be there for this team. Obviously no one wants to be pulled like that. I’ll be ready to go.”

Savage was 7-of-13 passing for 62 yards in the first half, taking six of the 10 sacks Jacksonville posted and fumbling once.

Watson wasn’t that much better in the second half, 12-of-23 for 102 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Between the Jaguars pressure and their own issues, the Texans never made plays downfield. Savage’s 4.8 yards per pass attempt was freewheeling compared to Watson’s 4.4.

“We just weren’t in sync,” Savage said. “That’s what it was. I held onto the ball a little too long trying to make some plays downfield. The game’s not meant to be 2nd and 15.”

Savage said he wanted to try to help Watson once he went in the game, but admitted he’s not sure what the future holds.

‘That’s out of my control,” he said. “I’m going to be ready to go.”

Of course, he spent the offseason getting ready, and it didn’t appear to help in the opener.

12 responses to “Tom Savage doesn’t know what’s next, but he’ll “be ready to go”

  1. NO starting QB should be replaced based on one game! Houston needs to stay the course and be a little patient. It won’t hurt Watson to learn from the sideline in the meantime and have opportunity to study his own offense against real time defenses while Savage gets it together or not.

  2. How can the Texans have faith in their coach when he appears so indecisive? If you’re so ready to pull your starting QB after one poor half of play, why was he starting to begin with? Clear,y, he has no confidence in him or he would have given him more time.

  3. Doesn’t Bill O’Brien do this same exact thing every year? I know their QBs have been garbage, but you gotta find a way to roll with what you got.

  4. Jags Destroyed them on both side of the ball. Jags got the Best D in the Division now. But in all fairness he shouldn’t have got benched for one half of play. That sent alot of bad signals and vibes through that locker room …Great job Bill … Go Jags !!!

  5. tjacks7 says:
    September 11, 2017 at 7:47 am

    How much longer does Bill O’Brien get a free pass? He isn’t the QB whisperer he was made out to be.

    Who even anointed him as a quarterback whisperer?

  6. arclight1972 says:
    September 11, 2017 at 7:42 am
    How can you be sacked 6 times in 13 attempts?
    Even with a bad Oline thats an indication of the QB holding onto the ball too long.

    Did you see the strip sack? He was down about 2 steps into his drop. That o line performance would have made any qb play awful. Hope David Carr didn’t watch that.

  7. Putting Watson in the game made no sense. OB must be feeling the pressure to win now, and knows, he won’t be able to do much with Savage. With that being said, the offensive line is so putrid it might not matter who’s under center. Either way, why not sacrifice Savage for the good of Watson’s health and development.

  8. Never have seen a team so unprepared, that falls to coaching. We need an offensive coordinator, maybe Chip Kelly, but someone who can call plays. Savage will be “ready”, how much prep do you need to stand in one spot for 4 seconds! BoB is on the hot seat and Rick Smith should be too!

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