Of all the things Tom Savage expects the Houston Texans quarterback room to be this year, there’s a notable one near the top of the list.
That was the message from the former fourth-rounder, who is likely heading into his first season as the starter, when asked a question Monday at NRG Stadium about first-year quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan.
“He’s a very personable person,” Savage said about Ryan, who served as the team’s wide receiver coach in 2016.
“You can go up to him, you can ask questions. I really bonded with him a lot last season. I know me and Brandon (Weeden) were really, really excited to go to work with him. It’s gonna be a fun room. It’s gonna be a peaceful room. We’ll go out there and we’ll have some fun.”
Was Savage taking a shot at Brock Osweiler? That much is unclear.
What we do know, per reports, is that last year’s room was anything but.
There were multiple shouting matches between Osweiler and head coach Bill O’Brien, and a physical confrontation, during their regular season finale against the Tennessee Titans, when O’Brien turned back to Osweiler for the following Savage’s concussion.
Savage and the Texans offense will need a lot to break right in 2017 for them to finally break through, offensively, under O’Brien. Savage needs to stay healthy. (As does everybody). The right side of the offensive line — namely, guard Jeff Allen and tackle Chris Clark — needs to improve.
But having stability behind the scenes for the first time in two years — if you count what happened with Ryan Mallett in 2015 — can’t hurt. Assuming everything goes well between Savage and Weeden, and, possibly, a high draft pick at QB, the Texans should have that this season.
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