Deshaun Watson, through no fault of his own, will become part of history tonight. When the Houston Texans trot him out on the field against the Bengals, he will be the franchise’s 9th different starting quarterback since 2014 — more than even the lowly Browns.
Deshaun Watson will be Texans' 9th different starting QB tonight since 2014, more than the Browns and the most in the NFL in that span.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 14, 2017
But that’s why the Texans drafted Deshaun Watson 12th overall, so he could be the franchise quarterback for the foreseeable future and put an end to the revolving door of quarterbacks that has passed through the nation’s fourth-largest city in recent years.
Watson didn’t get the start in Week 1, but he did take the field after Tom Savage was benched in the second half. And Watson was responsible for the Texans’ only touchdown in their 29-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Why teams insist on benching quarterbacks drafted in the first round for the first game of the season is a mystery. Texans GM Rick Smith wouldn’t have pulled the trigger on Watson on the draft if he didn’t think he was the guy. So why start a placeholder (Tom Savage) over the guy you bet the farm on to lead your team to the promised land for the next decade?
Deshaun’s been preparing to be a quarterback in the NFL for most of his life.
What could he have possibly learned between Sunday and today (Thursday) that moved him ahead of Savage on the depth chart?
If Watson had gone out there and laid an egg (like Savage did in the first half), who would get the start? The franchise has already anointed Watson as “the one.”
Tom Savage ran 31 plays, throwing for 62 yards on 7-of-13 passing attempts before being benched in favor of Watson. What did the coaching staff learn in that first half against Jacksonville that they didn’t already know about Savage?
If your sample size is only 31 plays, you’re doing science wrong. If you’re looking all the way back to 2014, when the Texans drafted Savage in the fourth round, you already knew all there was to know.
In any case, Watson is rightfully getting the start tonight, hopefully ending the carousel of quarterbacks that has plagued the Texans for the past three years.