Texans' QB Situation a Work in Progress

Texans' QB Situation a Work in Progress

The Texans quarterback situation became a bigger point of focus after a poor showing in the preseason opener.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, 6 for 14 for 55 yards, 2 interceptions, 14.6 Rating

Case Keenum, 3 for 5, 29 yards, 76.2 Rating

Tom Savage, 2 for 3, 14 yards, 77.1 Rating

The Houston Texans' quarterback position group got off to an auspicious start on Saturday night against the Arizona Cardinals. The team sputtered offensively and it started with Ryan Fitzpatrick playing the entire first half of football due to his sluggish start.

Fitzpatrick played 30 offensive snaps, Keenum had 12 and Savage played 6, which is not how the Texans envisioned the distribution of the quarterback snaps. The Texans did very little offensively in terms of personnel to keep the Cardinals on their heels. They used three personnel groups (11, 12 and 21) the entire game with little rotation during series.

Offensive Personnel Groupings vs. Cards

(11) 1 RB, 1 TE, 3 WR (33 plays)

(12) 1 RB, 1 TE, 2 WR (11 plays)

(21) 2 RB, 1 TE, 2 WR (3 plays)

The offense kept it simple with the majority of their passing game 19 yards or less, which has been the focus during training camp to this point. The quarterbacks only attempted three passes over 20 yards (2 by Fitzpatrick, 1 by Savage) against the Cardinals, while only completing one of those to Mike Thomas for a 24 yard gain.

The group was underwhelming and Fitzpatrick, after his first game, has left question marks with many on if he is the right fit for the offense. It is tough to believe the Texans feel comfortable with the current quarterback depth chart. When asked if he is considering rethinking his depth chart and the position, Bill O’Brien responded with,

“You’re always thinking about things that can make the team better, whether that’s a change in the depth chart, a change in a scheme, a change of a position of a player, whatever it may be.”

The Texans seem content with their current quarterback group, especially with the current starting quarterback position. The depth behind Fitzpatrick could be the real issue and with the way the organization has shuffled players through two weeks of training camp, it isn't hard to think that they are not afraid to make moves to address any situation, even the quarterback.

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