Believe you me, I’d like to take an original or less trodden path on the topic of this week’s sponsored post about who each NFL team’s respective midseason most valuable player is. It’d just be beyond foolish to do so.
Your Houston Texans entered the 2017 with Tom Savage as their starting quarterback. Many fans found that odd, but Bill O’Brien insisted that was the way things were gonna be. The way things were gonna be lasted precisely one half, as O’Brien benched Savage at halftime of the season opener against the Jaguars.
Deshaun Watson didn’t immediately light the NFL on fire when he entered that regular season opener. He struggled against what’s quite possibly the best defense in the league. But he flashed, and it (along with an abysmal offensive line that couldn’t possibly protect Savage) was enough for O’Brien to name the rookie quarterback out of Clemson his starter on a short week for a road game against the Bengals on Thursday Night Football.
In his first NFL start, Watson did just enough to shepherd his team to its first victory of the season. Since then, he’s been phenomenal.
Deshaun Watson, with help from Bill O’Brien, has changed everything about the Houston Texans. Houston’s offense has mutated from something one-dimensional and gruesome to something multifaceted and beautiful. Through the first half of the 2017 NFL season, there’s no doubt he’s the Texans’ MVP.