What is there to gain from playing Tom Savage next week after what we saw in Week 10? Reading the comments, it's not as if you guys are interested in continuing to gauge his play as the backup-of-the-future for when Watson returns next season. So what is Bill O'Brien really trying to accomplish by keeping Savage in?
Honestly, I don't think O'Brien really cares anymore who is under center. He knows that this team has been so wrecked by injuries that we aren't making the playoffs anyway, and it's not like T.J. Yates will be the savior of the franchise either, so he'll probably just ride this train wreck out until December and regroup for next season. All hope was lost when Deshaun Watson got hurt, and everyone - even the players and coaches - are aware of that.
No J.J. Watt. No Whitney Mercilus...and yet I really thought the story of the first half was how completely y'alls defensive front worked our O-line over. Is that the unit that's going to carry the team over the rest of the season or is there a different group to lean on?
You can thank Jadeveon Clowney for that. I was about 29 rows from the sideline so I had as good of a view as anyone in the whole building, and seeing how big, fast, and strong Clowney is compared to everyone else on the field was truly a sight to behold. The Texans' secondary is not very good (like...at all) so Goff and company were able to move the ball through the air eventually, but as long as Clowney is healthy this year it will still be tough to run against this Houston front. He's just that impactful.
You guys have some very winnable games over the rest of the season. Obviously Overreaction Mondays are just that, but can you guys get back into the mix in the AFC? Is there even a real demand to do so from the fan base or have you guys resigned yourselves to the Deshaun Watson recovery timetable?
Thanks to Brett for the time.