This likely won’t sit all too well with Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien. Heck, we’re pretty sure quarterback Tom Savage himself won’t take a liking to it.
After his client was benched following a dreadful performance in Week 1, Neil Schwartz took to Pro Football Talk’s podcast to defend Savage.
It apparently didn’t go according to plan. Or did it?
“He (Savage) went 7 for 13, 12 of the 13 balls touch the receivers hands,” Schwartz said. “The only one that didn’t was the strip sack fumble that they called incomplete. 12 of the 13 balls he threw touched the receivers hands, 7 were completions, 5 were drops.”
That’s the definition of Savage’s agent blaming receivers for the quarterback’s struggles.
But it gets better.
“The second issue which I heard, he held the ball too long, did not hold the ball too long. Every play except the one that was 3rd and 12, he got sacked in less that 3 seconds,” Schwartz continued. “The 3rd and 12 he did hold the ball but he was looking to see if he could get receiver open. Hopefully a receiver would get open so he could find them instead he took the sack and they punted.”
Here, he’s blaming the team’s offensive line for their lack of pass protection while again calling out the receivers for failing to get open.
Sure, Texans quarterbacks were sacked 10 times in the humiliating 29-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Their offensive line, minus franchise left tackle Duane Brown, was an absolute mess. And yes, receivers failed to break open against the likes of Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye.
This is what the tape tells us.
But the man tasked with representing someone that’s supposed to be the team leader shouldn’t go to the media and throw other members of the team under the bus. It’s most definitely not a good look for the agent or the player.
As it is, Deshaun Watson will start for the Texans in their Week 2 game against the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday night. It will be interesting to see what comes of his first start in the NFL. Meanwhile, the struggling Savage will be seen on the sideline holding a clipboard.