Tom Savage addressed agent blasting Texans over benching with team
Tom Savage had to go into damage control mode this week after his agent blasted the Houston Texans for benching him in last Sunday’s 29-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Savage played the role of good soldier amid the controversy spawned when his agent, Neil Schwartz, said his client’s benching “makes no sense” during a lengthy tirade.
“I spoke to everybody on this team about it,” said Savage, who backed up rookie DeShaun Watson in Thursday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, via ESPN. “I spoke to all the leaders, I spoke to coach, I spoke to Deshaun, [assistant coach] Pat [O’Hara], all those guys.
“I mean, it just is what it is. [Neil Schwartz] defended me. And the most important thing is I have this team’s back. I will go to war with Bill [O’Brien] and this organization any day of the week.”
Savage admitted he was aware that Schwartz would address his benching during an appearance on an NBC Sports podcast. Although Savage claims he was not aware exactly what his agent intended to say. Still, Savage knew the issue would have to be addressed in-house.
“I felt the need to talk to the team about it, because by any means, I do not want to be a distraction to this team,” Savage said. “That’s not my goal. I will be here, I will support this team.”
Savage was downright brutal in last Sunday’s loss to the Jaguars, going 7-for-13 for 62 yards while getting sacked six times and losing two fumbles in the first half alone before being replaced by Watson.
Savage admitted earlier this week he wasn’t happy with the decision, saying, “No one wants to be benched.”
For what it’s worth, Watson did lead the Texans to a 13-9 victory Thursday night — although the rookie showed his raw inexperience at times — and Savage would prefer if the conversation centered on the win, not this past week’s drama.
“Listen, we just won,” Savage said. “The headline should be about [Watson], not about this bullcrap.”