Tom Savage took over for Deshaun Watson. It was not fairly.
Predictably, the statuesque quarterback struggled a lot of the afternoon, resulting in boos from the Houston crowd.
It’s onerous to fault Texans followers who went from watching a stunning scoring machine in Watson to a bungling bundle of bones in Savage.
At one level within the second half on Sunday, Savage was 9-of-28 pbading for 96 yards. By any metric, 32 p.c completion share is horrific. The fourth-year professional made his stat line look barely much less pathetic in opposition to a foul Colts protection that started to play gentle with a giant lead late. Savage accomplished 10 of his subsequent 16 pbades for 123 yards, together with his first profession TD toss. In the tip, Savage got here up brief, taking a sack and fumbling to finish the sport.
To quote Morpheus: “What happened, happened, and couldn’t have happened any other way.”
Where Watson was a pocket-escaping magician who injected life into Houston’s offense with deep bombs and throwing folks open, Savage was the inverse. The 27-year-old continued to throw into double and triple protection, could not lead receivers into house, had nearly zero accuracy on deep balls, and infrequently did not give his receivers an opportunity to make a play by crusing pbades out of bounds.
Savage possible will not take offense to the tough criticism of his play; he was as robust on himself.
“It’s probably the most frustrating game of my life,” Savage mentioned, through the Houston Chronicle. “It’s just one of those deals that I just wasn’t making the throws and guys were open. I’m not going to give you the politically correct answer and say like blah blah blah we can get better. No, I have to make the throws. I played like crap. That’s what it is.”
Added Savage: “Listen the throws out of bounds, that’s frustrating for a quarterback, because you know you can make the throw. There are times where it’s my guy, no guy type of throw and throwing to ‘Hop’ high and away from the safety. Just got to keep the ball in bounds and know I’m going to make plays. It’s not my game, never has been my game, of chucking the ball five yards out of bounds. That’s where the frustration comes from, because I know I’m better than that.”
After 4 profession begins — one which lasted simply two quarters to open this season — we won’t confidently say that Savage is healthier than that. With Watson out for the season, nevertheless, he is the person Houston is using to no matter finish this season holds.