It is possibly the worst kept secret in the NFL, but Tom Savage is not the long term answer at quarterback for the Houston Texans. There is a reason for trading up in draft and selecting Deshaun Watson. That reason being that Savage will eventually be benched in favor of Watson. The only question that remains is how long will Savage start?
Even with the improvement of Tom Savage, Deshaun Watson is on the team for a reason. The front office and coaching staff believe that Watson is the answer for long term success. Watson showcased his ability as a dynamic playmaker at Clemson and even beat the “NFL quality” defense of Alabama.
The biggest knock on Watson’s career at Clemson is the increase of interceptions. Watson has always been accurate but the jump in his interceptions is a cause for concern. However what should also be considered is that Watson will never have to throw the ball 500+ times in the Texans offense.
The Texans will employ a run heavy offense to lessen the burden on their quarterback. This offensive style will allow the quarterback to take advantage of the defense through play-action. This style will benefit Watson more than Savage since Watson will also be able to make plays with his feet, not just throwing the ball.
Watson is capable of being a runner, however it is not likely he will run as much in the NFL as he did in college. This is due to NFL defensive players being faster and stronger than college players. There is also a bad track record of run happy quarterbacks in the NFL getting hurt early in their career and never being the same. The tragic fall of Robert Griffin III instantly comes to mind.
The fact of the matter is if Savage struggles, Watson will replace him. The Texans are looking at making a playoff run and another year of sub-par quarterback play will not suffice. Even if Savage is adequate but the team is losing, Watson could still replace him. If Houston starts off with a losing record in the first five games, expect Watson to start. This will be an attempt to salvage the season and make a playoff run.
Tom Savage only has a limited number of games left as the starting quarterback in Houston. This is unless he has a Drew Brees like rise in San Diego after his replacement (Phillip Rivers) came to town. Brees was able to parlay his improved play into a big contract with the Saints. Savage will have to hope he can replicate what Brees did. Since the Texans have made it clear Deshaun Watson is the future. Savage can only hope to save his career elsewhere.