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By LAMONT MANN
The 2016 NFL season is over which means locally, it’s time for quarterback talk. We in the city of Houston have performed this annual ritual for four consecutive years. It sucks.
Four years straight I have found myself saying “no one can be worse than Matt Schaub.” Then the Texans acquired Ryan Fitzpatrick and I said “no one can be worse than Fitzpatrick.” Then Brian Hoyer and I said “no one can be worse than Hoyer.” Then Brock Osweiler landed in NRG. I be damn if I am going to say there is no one worse than Osweiler. Clearly the Texans leadership has proven they can make “suck” something to look up to or a positive in terms of quarterbacks.
Currently, the discussion is the Texans going after Tony Romo. Personally, I think it’s a pipe dream but local media is starving for content. Former Dallas players in daily conversation will scratch that itch for them.
Instead of talking about Tony Romo, which will be mathematically difficult, there are a few in town who discuss the QB position on a general level. Some in Houston believe the Texans will go after a vet and draft a rookie. This scenario would give the Texans four quarterbacks. It’s also the scenario I believe will occur.
Between Bob McNair alluding to drafting a rookie and observing Bill O’Brien’s reluctance to play young QBs, the difference will be split; McNair and O’Brien will both get what they want.
It’s interesting because you must figure out who is the “odd man out.” The Texans under O’Brien typically carry three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster. Usually two are active and one is inactive. I believe the Vet (TBD) will be the starter, Osweiler the backup (for financial purposes), and the rookie will be inactive thereby leaving Tom Savage out. The Texans may be able to deal Savage for a low round draft pick like Schaub and Case Keenum.
The only way I can see Savage on the Texans roster is if the Texans do acquire Romo and cut bait with Osweiler altogether. If that were to happen, Romo would start, Savage would be back up and the rookie would be inactive on game days.
I have given up on an average QB or should I say; I have given up on the Texans leadership finding an average QB. I have no faith in O’Brien as a playcaller. Since he has been here, the offense has trended downward. In other words, I don’t really think it matters who the Texans allow to helm the ship on the field; it will ultimately flop or look average at best.