HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Texans head coach Bill O’Brien has taken a lot of criticism after Sunday’s loss to the Tennessee Titans for calling a quarterback sneak which led to a concussion to his new starting quarterback Tom Savage in a game with no playoff implications.
Savage, who left the game and was replaced by former starter Brock Osweiler, initially passed the NFL’s concussion protocol and re-entered the game to kneel for the final play of the half. Savage developed additional symptoms in the locker room at halftime and was held out for the remainder of the game. O’Brien initially announced at halftime that Savage would start the second half.
O’Brien announced Tuesday that Savage has yet to clear the protocol and that Osweiler, who was benched for Savage three weeks ago against the Jaguars, would start Saturday’s AFC Wild Card game against the Oakland Raiders.
“I’m not regretful of that play-call at all,” O’Brien said Tuesday of the decision to go for a quarterback sneak with Savage. “I just feel bad for (Savage) that it happened, but I think in the end you’re out there to play football, it’s a contact sport, injuries happen. I feel terrible about it but I’m not regretful about it.”
O’Brien had said throughout Week 17 that his team was going to play to win, despite holding out Lamar Miller and Jadeveon Clowney from the game with nagging injuries. The decision to start Savage was to get him ready for a postseason game, as he was making just his second NFL start.
O’Brien didn’t feel the play call was out of the ordinary for the short yardage situation he was presented.
“It was a play where we felt like that was the best play to get us the first down. It was a play that involved two plays. So it was either that or something else and what they showed us was that and we took it,” O’Brien said.
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