Houston Texans’ quarterback Tom Savage thinks he knows why they played better on offense against the Arizona Cardinals.
It would be generous to call the Houston Texans’ offense a mess since they lost star rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson to a season-ending knee injury just a few weeks ago.
While the Texans’ offense wasn’t perfect against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, there was certainly some improvement and quarterback Tom Savage credits mental toughness for the turnaround.
From Pro Football Talk:
"“I think it was mental toughness, blocking out the noise all week,” Savage said of his turnaround, via the Houston Chronicle. “The guys rallied around me, made some big plays for me. The offensive line played their tails off.”"
What’s great is that the Houston is still fighting hard despite such bad luck when it comes to injuries this season. Their offense knows how vital it is for them to support Savage through the ups and downs.
Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien was impressed with Savage’s resilience after committing two turnovers.
"“I felt like the strip sack, he’s got to take better care of the ball in the pocket, but he overcame that,” O’Brien said Monday. “Sometimes, those interceptions happen. It was tight coverage. The ball got batted in the air. You can’t completely blame that on Tom.“You don’t blame that on anybody. It’s football, it happens. With all that being said, he was not discouraged at all. He was great on the sideline. I thought he came back and played a very good, tough football game.”"
The best quarterbacks in the NFL know how to forget the bad things that happen during games and press on in an effort to help their team come away with a win. Savage needs to realize that he doesn’t have a lot of experience and will make mistakes, but he has to tay focused for his team.
Savage won’t have an easy game next Monday against the Baltimore Ravens. It’s vital that he continues to press on no matter what kind of negative plays might occur on offense.
It was only one game, but Savage is certainly giving the Texans and their fans some hope that their season may not be lost after improving to 4-6.
Houston is currently in the mix for a Wild Card spot given the fact that Wild Card leaders are the 6-4 Tennessee Titans, 5-5 Buffalo Bills and 5-5 Baltimore Ravens. This makes next Monday’s game against the Ravens even more important.