By: Alex Del Barrio, Sportsradio 610By Alex Del Barrio

HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Texans head coach Bill O’Brien announced on Tuesday that Brock Osweiler will start at quarterback on Saturday afternoon when Houston hosts the Oakland Raiders in their AFC Wild Card playoff game.

“I thought Brock did some really good things on Sunday with his teammates and almost brought us all the way back,” O’Brien said in his opening statement on Tuesday.  “We have a lot of confidence in him that he’s going to go out there and play well on Saturday.” 

Tom Savage, who started the last two games for Houston after Osweiler struggled all season, left last Sunday’s season finale against the Titans with a concussion. Osweiler was inserted in and threw for 253 yards with touchdowns in the air and on the ground in the 24-17 loss to the Titans.

O’Brien benched Osweiler three weeks ago against Jacksonville after he threw two first half interceptions. Prior to Sunday, Osweiler started the first 14 games for Houston and despite leading them to a 7-6 record prior to the in-game benching to the Jaguars, Osweiler was having one of the worst quarterbacking seasons in NFL history throwing for just 14 touchdowns with 16 interceptions and a 59.7% completion percentage.

“He’s been a pro,” O”Brien said praising Osweiler on how he’s taken his role shift and reassuming the starting position. “He hasn’t really changed his routine at all. He’s been in here studying like he’s a starter. He’s in here this morning getting ready. We’re presenting him the game plan.”

Savage has not cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol, if he does before Saturday he will be the back-up. If he does not clear Brandon Weeden will be the back-up

Alex Del Barrio  and Matt Murphy can be heard on Saturday afternoons 4-7 pm  Follow Alex Del Barrio on Twitter: @alexdelbarrio

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