With so much of the NFL chatter centered on the Super Bowl, you may have missed that Texans coach Bill O’Brien will call his own plays for Houston in 2017. O’Brien, 47, has gone 9-7 in three straight seasons and is still searching for an answer at quarterback.
“A lot of people are just beside themselves that he’s promoted himself to offensive coordinator,” three-time Super Bowl champion Ted Johnson said on CBS Sports Radio’s After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “People go, ‘Oh my gosh, well who’s going to be managing the clock at the end of halves when he’s had issues?’ It wasn’t the best-received decision that he’s anointed himself offensive coordinator. But I look at it this way: Who is he going to trust out there? A young up-and-comer? A Norv Turner that maybe wants to come back? An old school guy? No, the only person he trusts with his system is him. So that’s the reason why he did it. Don’t be surprised if Tom Savage is your starting quarterback in Week 1.”
Tom Savage? But what about Brock Osweiler?
“I don’t think Brock Osweiler ever sees the field again as a starter on this team,” Johnson said. “There’s no way – no way – that he’s going to be the starter. I think what he’s got can’t be cured. I really feel like his accuracy problems are never going to change. It’s something he’s had a problem with. If you can’t throw an accurate ball, a slant route, a 5-yard out route, if you can’t make the simple throws, then (it’s difficult). Look, we had Will Fuller that we drafted, a deep threat, DeAndre Hopkins. His deep ball, honestly, was so bad. Very inaccurate. And so, I honestly just think there’s no way he’ll have a chance (to be the starter).”
Osweiler, 26, completed 59.0 percent of his passes for 2,957 yards, 15 touchdowns and 16 interceptions this season.
If the Texans enter camp with a quarterback competition, Johnson may gouge his own eyes out.
“Two words that I hate put together are ‘quarterback competition,’” he said. “I swear, if I have to hear those two words put together again, I might puke. Just give Tom Savage (the job). Anoint him starter. He can run the system. He might not be a dynamic quarterback, but he can at least run the system, and draft somebody late first round. If, God forbid, Deshaun Watson is there with the 26th pick overall, the Texans have got to take him.”