During Monday night’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens, there was a telltale moment late in the game. When Tom Savage threw a terrible interception which effectively ended the Texans’ best chance to knot the score late in the game, Bill O’Brien was animatedly disgusted on the sideline.
It was a terrible decision by the Texans quarterback. Worse, it followed another strip sack which was Savage’s league-leading seventh lost fumble, a horrible figure for a guy who has played just six games.
Coach O’Brien was asked about his quarterback’s poor ball security in his Thursday press conference.
“Before this year, when he played for us, that was one thing he had not done, was turn the ball over,” O’Brien stated. “I think some of it is his experience. The one that he had the other day in the Ravens game on the third-down play that he tried to force it in there to Bruce (Ellington), that was a coverage where he thought (C.J.) Mosley was doing one thing, he did something else, and maybe he learns from experience there.”
With more inflection and emotion in his voice, O’Brien continued,
“All I know, the bottom line is, is that it has to stop. That’s not just him, I mean, it’s the fumbling, and we have to get more takeaways. We’re not getting any takeaways. So, when you turn it over and you’re not taking the ball away, you’re not going to win, and that’s kind of where we’re at right now.”
Texans fans agree, coach. The giveaways have to stop.