O’Brien, Smith Agree: Tom Savage Still The Starter

By Paul Gallant, SportsRadio 610

HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) After the Texans traded up to the twelfth pick to draft Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, you’d think that would mean that he’d have a chance to compete for the starting job.

But per the Texans – at least today – that is not the case. Texans head coach Bill O’Brien was first to clarify that.

“Generally speaking, as a rookie quarterback it’s a big jump,” said O’Brien when asked what about Watson stood out to him in college. “Tom is our starter. Deshaun will come in, and he’s going to work hard, and we’re going to teach him and feed him a lot of information. And he’ll work at it.”

That’s the head coach. But what about general manager Rick Smith? After all, he’s traded away next year’s first two picks this offseason. So at what point is Deshaun Watson expected to challenge for the job? Could it be this training camp?

“I don’t know that people really believe us,” laughed Smith. “But we’re comfortable with Tom Savage as our quarterback. And we’ve been saying that for the last several months. So he comes in and he does exactly what Bill just described. He learns. He puts his head down and he goes to work. He starts to try to earn the respect of his teammates. He’ll try to learn how to play quarterback in pro football.”

After explaining what he and O’Brien expect of Watson, Smith continued to back Savage.

“Right now, we’re very comfortable with where we are at the quarterback position with Tom,” said Smith. “I like Tom’s potential in this offense.”

Paul Gallant hosts “Gallant at Night” – Weeknights 7-11 PM CT – on SportsRadio 610. He also hosts SportsZone Unfiltered – Fridays at 10 PM – on The Kube: Channel 57. Get in touch with Paul via email or his facebook page.

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