That didn’t take long.
Texans fans got the quarterback many had wanted all along when rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson replaced starter Tom Savage to begin the second half against the Jaguars Sunday at NRG Stadium.
“The thing we’re always about is meritocracy and opportunity,” Goodell said. “I want to see everyone get an opportunity, including Colin, but those are decisions made by football people.”
O’Brien said after Sunday’s game he made the decision with the hopes his team would “play faster,” but he and his staff have “to figure it out” with a short week.
Savage went 7 of 13 for 62 yards but was sacked six times and lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. Watson entered in the second half and led a 14-play, 75-yard touchdown drive on his first series, but finished just 12 of 23 for 101 yards with a touchdown pass and interception.
“The No. 2 quarterback always has to be ready to play and as head coach, you always have to be ready to play the No. 2 quarterback,” O’Brien said. “It’s a decision on what’s best for the team now, and what’s best this year.”
Familiarity has played a huge role in recent GM hires, as well.
Howie Roseman, who lost juice in Philadelphia after the hiring of Chip Kelly, is running the show again for the Eagles. The relationship new Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott and GM Brandon Beane built in Carolina led to the latter being lured away from the Panthers.