O’BRIEN SAYS SAVAGE WILL START SATURDAY AGAINST BENGALS
houston» Tom Savage will start at quarterback for the Houston Texans on Saturday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Coach Bill O’Brien announced the decision Monday, a day after Savage took over in the second quarter when Brock Osweiler was benched against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“We make decisions on what we think is the best way to help the team, what helps the team win,” O’Brien said.
“And I think that yesterday and this week I feel like Tom Savage gives us the best chance to win. I’m going to give him a week to prepare as a starter and see what he can do for us on Saturday night against the Bengals.”
Savage threw for 260 yards to help Houston rally from a 13-point deficit for a 21-20 win in his first regular-season action since 2014.
O’Brien wouldn’t say if he planned to start Savage for the rest of the season, saying the team is focused on the Bengals.
Osweiler has struggled in his first season in Houston after signing a $72 million contract to join the Texans from Denver.
He threw two interceptions before he was benched Sunday to give him 16 interceptions and just 14 touchdowns this season.
After the game on Sunday, O’Brien said: “We don’t make decisions on how much a guy gets paid. We make decisions on what’s the best way to win a game.”
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