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QB snapshot: Ryan Fitzpatrick/Tom Savage

12/16/2014

A quick observation of quarterbacks Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tom Savage and how they played in the Houston Texans' 17-10 loss in Week 15:

This is the second time this season I'm doing one of these about quarterbacks who won't be playing in the next game. So goes the Texans' luck at the position as both Fitzpatrick and Savage are out with injuries. The Texans will now turn to Case Keenum or Thad Lewis, though on Monday, it sure sounded like Texans coach Bill O'Brien thought Keenum's familiarity might make him the right choice.

Fitzpatrick completed 3 of 6 pass attempts and broke his leg very early in the second quarter on a very characteristic scramble. He's not a guy who likes to slide. In an interview with Fox Sports Southwest's Patti Smith last week, he explained that he thinks sliding increases his chance of getting hurt because he's not coordinated enough to do it properly and he also knows not sliding could earn him a few extra yards. In this case it did, but he was tripped on his way down, then had a large defensive player fall on him. You admire his toughness, but on Sunday the cost was not worth the few extra yards.

Thrown in suddenly, Savage grew up a lot during the course of a game in which he made a lot of mistakes but also showed promise on a few plays. His botched handoff to running back Arian Foster was one of those mistakes, and he sailed a few passes that could have given the Texans a stronger chance to win the game. Late in the third quarter, he threw a beautiful deep ball to DeVier Posey that gained 30 yards and kept a field goal drive alive.