Tom Savage doesn’t plan on giving up the reigns as the Houston Texans’ starting quarterback.
Houston Texans’ quarterback Tom Savage put in a strong performance during last week’s preseason loss to the Carolina Panthers after completing nine of 11 passes.
Despite Savage having a good game, all of the talk has been about rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson and how well he played in his first NFL game.
Savage made it clear on Monday that he will not be giving up the starting job.
"“My mindset is that this is my team. And I’m not going to let anyone take it,” Savage told ESPN.“Now, I can’t control what happens. I can only control what I can do. And I said it before. It’s a pretty simple equation I think a lot of people overthink, especially in this league. If you go there and you win and you play well, they can’t pull you. And if you go out there and you lose and the offense doesn’t look good, they can pull you. So the goal is to go out there and play well and win games. And that’s all you can really control.”"
I’m glad Savage is determined to not lose his job, but he may not have a choice.
First of all, Savage has had a hard time staying healthy during his NFL career and it will only take one injury to give Watson the chance to unseat him for good.
Secondly, no one knows how well Savage will perform as a starting quarterback for an entire season. The jury is out on whether or not he can consistently get the job done for an entire 16 game season.
If Savage slips up, the Texans and head coach Bill O’Brien may not hesitate to bench him in favor of Watson.
You also have to remember that Savage is not necessarily playing for his future with the Texans, but rather his future as an NFL starter.
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With Houston trading up in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft to take Watson, I would be shocked if Savage ends up being the Texans’ franchise quarterback over the course of the next 10 years.
Savage will be essentially campaigning for other teams this season.