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What we noticed with the Houston Texans on Sunday wasn’t only a glimpse of life with out Deshaun Watson. It was a staff losing the whole lot. Wasting its expertise. Wasting its time. Wasting your time.
Tom Savage is not a quarterback. He’s a punch line. How many Texans linemen does it take to screw in a light-weight bulb? Two: One to screw within the mild bulb, the opposite to get well the items after Tom Savage fumbles it.
At one level within the second half of the Texans’ 20-14 loss to the Colts, Savage was 9-for-29 for 96 yards and a quarterback ranking of 41.7. This was in opposition to the 31st-ranked go protection within the league. All in all, Indianapolis has one of many sorriest defenses in soccer and all Savage might do was muster one landing and a pbader ranking of 66.four.
As dangerous as Savage performed, the Texans have been, remarkably, only one drive away from successful. With 18 seconds left, they discovered themselves with a first-and-goal on the Indianapolis 7-yard line.
You can nearly guess the remaining:
First down: incompletion.
Second down: incompletion.
Third down: incompletion.
Then, on fourth, Savage was sacked and he fumbled. Yes, the Texans offense made the Colts seem like the ’85 Bears.
“It’s the most frustrating game of my career,” Savage advised reporters after the sport, in keeping with Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. “I played like crap.”
This is to not beat up on Savage. He is what he’s: a borderline NFL quarterback who has no enterprise beginning for an NFL staff. In Canada? Yes. In Arena? Absolutely. In the NFL? Hell naw.
This is a few a lot bigger subject. It’s about wasted alternatives and the way Colin Kaepernick could badist the Texans save their season.
The Colts held the Texans to 194 yards pbading of their 20-14 win Sunday.David J. Phillip/Associated Press
There are a number of dangerous quarterbacks in soccer, from sea to shining sea, however Houston’s state of affairs is totally different than others’. This is a staff that has a official probability to make the Super Bowl, and it might nonetheless make it with Kaepernick.
No, he hasn’t performed in Houston’s system, nor does he know the playbook, however he is a succesful skilled on the sport’s most necessary place.
Savage isn’t, and with him underneath middle, the Texans’ season is nearly as good as over. If you can’t beat the Colts protection, which could not cease Robert Irsay if he have been enjoying opposing quarterback, you can’t win many video games.
It’s a fairly easy selection: With Kaepernick, Houston might win a Super Bowl. With Savage, the Texans will watch the Super Bowl on HD tv like hundreds of thousands of others.
Even with the QB state of affairs because it stands now, there’s a lot to love concerning the Texans. Despite lacking J.J. Watt, they’ve a championship-level protection as a result of Jadeveon Clowney is nearly nearly as good. They have a stable working sport. They have a star receiver in DeAndre Hopkins. This staff is loaded.
You don’t get alternatives like this usually within the NFL. Teams this gifted are uncommon, and most franchises, after they get this good, do not take it without any consideration.
The Texans are letting their delight and stubbornness get in the way in which. And by they, I imply proprietor Bob McNair. Of course, he isn’t alone in ignoring the badistance Kaepernick might provide. Denver, Miami, Baltimore, Cleveland, Jacksonville, Indianapolis, Denver, Green Bay and Arizona all might use the previous 49er.
All of these groups are silly to not pursue him.
I really feel badured in saying that if the Texans have been ever honest about giving Kaepernick an opportunity, and wished to signal him, he’d go there.
Colin Kaepernick has been mentioned as a attainable alternative for Deshaun Watson by the Texans, in keeping with a report by Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer.George Bridges/Associated Press/Associated Press
I additionally really feel badured in saying that coach Bill O’Brien likes Kaepernick. As does the Houston locker room.
That the entrance workplace would not really feel the identical means is borderline disgusting.
When a staff like Baltimore, Cleveland or Miami is shortsighted, that is one factor, given their restricted outlooks. The Texans doing it’s malpractice.
Just take into account this statistic from the Colts: The Indianapolis protection held the Texans offense scoreless via the primary three quarters and held Houston to 96 internet yards (67 pbading and 29 speeding) within the first half. The Texans punted eight instances on their first 9 possessions. The different drive resulted in a missed area purpose.
This is the rattling Colts. The Three-6 Colts.
Houston is committing one of many worst sins in sports activities. Greed and vanity are the primary two.
Taking your personal good staff without any consideration is subsequent.
Mike Freeman covers the NFL for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter: @mikefreemanNFL.