HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The Texans are back in the playoffs and play the Raiders Saturday. They’re also back in another familiar territory: uncertainty as to who will start at quarterback this week after Tom Savage suffered a concussion and Brock Osweiler replaced him.
Want clarity on who will start for the Texans Saturday? You’ll have to wait another day.
“We gave the players a day off today so I haven’t even seen the quarterbacks today,” said Bill O’Brien at his press conference today. “I’ll have more on that for you tomorrow.”
Last year, the Texans saw numerous changes at quarterback due to both injuries and performance. O’Brien said today that BOTH of those factors will play a part.
“I think there’s a lot of different factors. Obviously, health is part of it, no question about it, but there’s a lot of different factors. We moved the ball well, Brock did a nice job when he was in there. There’s a lot of different factors that go into it.”
Towards the end of his presser, O’Brien was asked if Savage would be able to get enough practice reps before the matchup with the Raiders Saturday.
“I don’t know, that’s a good question,” answered O’Brien. “That’s why I’m going to be able to tell you some more tomorrow. I haven’t even really seen those guys today, I haven’t even met with the doctors or trainers yet today. I’ll be able to tell you tomorrow.”
As for Texans running back Lamar Miller – who has missed the last 2 games – the prognosis is looking good.
“I think he’s feeling better,” said O’Brien. “I think it’ll be great. It’ll be good to have him back. He’s been a very productive player for us this year. So we’re looking forward to getting him back.”
Miller had 24 carries for 104 yards and a touchdown against the Raiders earlier this year.
The press conference led off with John McClain asking O’Brien about this tweet.
“I mean, I don’t think about that,” answered O’Brien. “I just think about this team and concentrating on the Oakland game and how far we’ve come. I don’t know – again, I don’t address those things. I just talk about where we’re at right now. I mean, I don’t even know if that’s even worthy of an answer.”
It’s safest to assume this as a non answer, but the conspiracy theorists out there would say he didn’t shut the rumor down.
The Texans offense has obviously struggled this season, and O’Brien was asked if it lived up to expectations.
“No, obviously no it hasn’t,” said O’Brien. “We haven’t coached good enough. We haven’t performed good enough on offense. Looking in the mirror on that. We’re going to work very hard to figure out what’s the best way to move the ball against Oakland. But no – look, what’s happened has happened. This is a new week and a new season. I know our guys will come in ready to go tomorrow and we’ll have a good game plan for them.”
Earlier this year, Bill O’Brien said that the bar for the Texans is higher than 9-7. Unfortunately, they finished with that mark for the third straight year. So I asked him if he was frustrated that they hadn’t cleared their own bar.
“We want to be better than 9-7,” “I mean, there’s no doubt about it. I think it’s a league, based on the rules and the way that the draft is set up and free agency – it’s like what I always say – it’s an 8-and-8 league. We’ve been a little bit better than that, but we’re not aiming for 9-7, but we’re AFC South Champions. We’ve got a home playoff game. Great opportunity for our fans and for our players especially to go out and play well and try to win a playoff game. It’s going to be very difficult to do that, but I’m glad for the opportunity.”
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