The Texans stuck to their offseason-long guns to start Tom Savage at quarterback in Week 1. Now they’re quickly stuck looking at a lost season — one that starting rookie Deshaun Watson going forward is unlikely to salvage.
Savage was benched after a terrible first half, one in which he facilitated the Jaguars to build a 19-0 lead by halftime. His indecisiveness and lack of comfort in the face of pressure wasn’t surprising, as Jacksonville’s revamped front sacked him six times, turning one of his two forced fumbles into a touchdown.
It didn’t help that the Texans were without left tackle Duane Brown, caught in a holdout. As bad as Savage’s numbers were (7 of 13, 62 yards passing, 0 TDs, 66.8 rating), Watson ended up being less efficient in relief (12 of 23, 102 yards, TD, INT, 60.4 rating), but he was put in an impossible position to sustain immediate success.
Sports commentators have their own solutions to the national anthem issue. A growing number of voices such as Max Kellerman and Tony Kornheiser of ESPN, and Dan Wetzel of Yahoo, are asking whether the national anthem should be abolished before NFL games. Kellerman outraged conservatives and #BoycottNFL fans by saying the NFL, not Kaepernick, is “injecting politics” into sports.
“He was asked to stand for the national anthem,” Kellerman said. “You do not have to stand for the national anthem. And even if it was a rule that you did, is that Colin Kaepernick Cheap Jerseys China Wholesale injecting politics in the NFL? No. That’s the NFL injecting politics by playing the national anthem and Cheap Jerseys Bulk putting pressure on you to stand for it in the first place.”