I’m not saying this should be a legitimate question after yesterday’s game. I’m simply saying it could be in Bill O’Brien’s mind. O’Brien did decline to declare Tom Savage the Texans’ new starting quarterback immediately after the win over the Jaguars.
Bill O'Brien replaced Brock Osweiler with Tom Savage in 2ndQ of 21-20 win: "U just have a feeling about it.We'll see what happens next week" pic.twitter.com/RG16dLURRK— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) December 18, 2016
That doesn’t mean Savage won’t be the starter against the Bengals on Saturday night; it’s far more likely that O’Brien wants to (1) watch the tape before making any public pronouncements and/or (2) speak with Osweiler and Savage privately before disclosing anything to the media. For what it’s worth, Ian Rapoport (who has broken Texans news before, indicating a likely source or two in the organization) believes Savage is the guy:
From what I know, it’d be a major surprise if it was anyone but Tom Savage taking over at QB for the #Texans. Their passing O back in sync— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 19, 2016
Two things Tom Savage did: Protect the football and get the ball to DeAndre Hopkins (8 catches, 87 yards). A lot to like moving forward.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 19, 2016
Bill O’Brien will meet with the media this afternoon. The question of who Houston’s starting quarterback is will surely come up. Let’s see if we get an answer today.
UPDATE: Bill O'Brien has announced who'll be starting for the Texans at QB against the Bengals.
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