Deshaun Watson will need a lot of help to be successful as a rookie.
The Houston Texans made a bold move when they traded up to grab quarterback Deshaun Watson in this year’s NFL draft.
Even though Tom Savage is expected to be the Texans’ week one starter, there’s a good chance that Watson will take over the reigns at some point during the season.
I believe that either Savage will lose the starting job because of an injury he ends up suffering or just for the fact that he will play really poorly.
If and when Watson does take over, he will be the Texans’ weakest link.
So would Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien than make Brandon Weeden his starter?
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I think O’Brien would rather go with Watson. And if he has to, dumb down his playbook and make sure he puts his rookie quarterback in a position to succeed.
This isn’t the best comparison, but look at what the Washington Redskins did when Robert Griffin III was a rookie.
Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan along with his son Kyle, completely changed their playbook and installed the read-option in order to win football games.
Now I don’t believe O’Brien would go that far, but I believe he would make some minor changes in order to help his offense move the football down the field. A lot of coaches with young quarterbacks do this.
Even though Watson is the Texans’ weakest link, there are many great players around him like running back Lamar Miller and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins who can bail him out when needed.