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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Tom Savage’s agent rips Texans over benching of client

Tom Savage

Tom Savage may not have many people on his side after Sunday’s performance, but his agent came to his defense on Wednesday.

Savage was benched after halftime in favor of rookie Deshaun Watson during Sunday’s loss to the Jaguars. Savage completed 7-of-13 passes for 62 yards and was sacked six times during his time as the quarterback.

Savage did little to impress the Texans or their fans. However, his agent Neil Schwartz does not understand why his client was given such a quick hook.

“I’m still trying to figure this out. 31 plays and you’re getting benched?” Schwartz told Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk. “It makes no sense.”

Schwartz went on to say he had an issue with the benching because of what Savage did to earn the job during the offseason and leading up to the Texans’ opening game.

“Tom earned the right to be the starter,” Schwartz contined. “It wasn’t given to him. And he’s worked hard every day in training camp and the exhibition season to be the starter, on the field and off the field, to maintain a leadership role. After 31 plays, you bench him? I have an issue.”

“I wanted to defend Tom and this was my choice,” Schwartz said. “I spoke to Tom and he was OK with it and comfortable. Someone had to defend Tom and I didn’t feel the coaching staff defended Tom or defended his performance.

Savage was the beneficiary of a quarterback benching last season when Bill O’Brien brought Savage in during a game against the Jaguars and removed Brock Osweiler. Savage started the following game against the Bengals.

This time, Savage is on the other side as it appears Watson will get the start for Houston’s Week 2 game against the Bengals.

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