Written by: Coleman Bahr – Staff Writer (@ColemanBahr)
It’s Tom Savage Time in Houston. Houston Texans’ quarterback Tom Savage has been named the starter for next week’s matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. This news doesn’t come as much of a shock to anyone considering Brock Osweiler’s sub-par 2016 campaign.
Brock Osweiler was the biggest surprise signing of the offseason, landing a four-year, 72 million-dollar deal, with $37 million guaranteed. Despite the huge pay raise, Osweiler has been one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL this season. He ranks in the bottom five in practically every passing statistic, including a league-low 5.75 yards per attempt, and only beating out Tyrod Taylor and Colin Kaepernick in passing yards per game, but they also make significant contributions in the running game unlike Osweiler.
Osweiler was finally replaced by Tom Savage after another rough start, throwing interceptions on two consecutive drives before Bill O Brien decided to make the switch.
When Savage came in, he completely changed the landscape of the game. The Texans outscored the Jaguars 21-7 once he took the field, and he threw for 260 yards, and zero interceptions. Also, Savage averaged 7.2 yards per attempt, which tops Osweiler’s 5.75 yards per attempt mark by almost one and a half yards.
Savage also brought DeAndre Hopkins back from the dead. With Osweiler at quarterback, DeAndre Hopkins only had two targets, and one of them was intercepted. After Savage took over, Hopkins looked like his 2015 self, hauling in 8 of 15 targets for 87 yards, his highest yardage total since week two.
This was Savage’s first game since December 14th, 2014, and he didn’t have a week of preparation under him in either appearance. He is in line to make his first career start next Saturday when the Houston Texans take on the Cincinnati Bengals on Christmas Eve.
With Savage at the helm, Houston makes for a scary playoff team going forward. They have playmakers on offense in Deandre Hopkins, Will Fuller, and Lamar Miller, and a stout defense that keeps them in the game. Not to mention, teams will struggle to game plan against Savage as his last start was in college, back in December of 2013.