Following poor performances by both reserve quarterbacks – Case Keenum and Tom Savage – on Thursday night in a 40-13 preseason final loss to the San Francisco 49ers, head coach Bill O’Brien said he is “comfortable with both guys.”
Here is what O’Brien said when asked about the two reserve quarterbacks following the game:
“We are comfortable with both guys. They put a lot of work in even though tonight was not a great night, it is a body of work and there has been some decent play from those guys, so we are comfortable. We will always do what is best for the team, that is something we will always do as long as we are here, but as it relates to those two guys, they have shown flashes of good things and some not so good things just like everybody else. Again, preseason is over and we are moving on to the regular season.”
I still like Keenum for the most part, but I would like to have seen him play in the preseason with the actual starters, because once the real games start next Sunday, I’m still not sold on current starting QB Ryan Fitpzatrick. Keenum started eight games for the Texans in ’13.
I’m not expecting anything from Savage this season except for him to hold a clip board and learn the NFL game this season. That would be best for him, rather than being thrown into the lineup, or even being the official No. 2 QB on the depth chart.
In the preseason finale vs. the 49ers, Keenum was 8-of-17 for 70 yards, with one interception and no touchdowns. Savage was 8-of-17 for 43 yards with one interception and no touchdowns.
Offensively, as an entire unit, I’m not sold this team could be a contender in ’14. The defense I think can keep the Texans in games, but as for the Texans being able to score points on a consistent basis … I’m going to have to see it in the regular season before I feel confident in what they are doing in year one of the O’Brien era.