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Teams tend to get the quarterback situations they deserve. The position is so hard to play, it's exceedingly rare that you get a Tom Brady in the sixth round, or a Russell Wilson in the third round, who's able to start at a top-tier level without years of NFL reps. Most of the time, the best you can do is scheme around the guy you have at the position and hope for the best.

When the Texans lost Deshaun Watson for the rest of the season in early November, they chose to go with Tom Savage because, as a fourth-round pick of the Texans in 2014, he understood head coach Bill O'Brien's system. He had been in enough meeting rooms and on enough practice fields to understand what his coaches wanted him to do, and never mind his career 54.1 completion percentage or two career touchdowns against three career interceptions. The Texans were going to stay in-house as opposed to, say, signing an available quarterback who would have been potentially marvelous in the system O'Brien had put in place for Watson.

So, when Savage completes 18 of 36 passes for 221 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions and two lost fumbles, as he did in Houston's 33-7 loss to the Rams on Sunday, the Texans are telling you they're OK with that version of a quarterback. When Savage gets sacked three times and is pressured on play after play because his line is suboptimal and he's not effectively mobile in or out of the pocket, the Texans are telling you they're OK with that version of a quarterback. And when O'Brien says, as he did on Monday, that Savage will start against the Arizona Cardinals, the Texans are really telling you they're OK with that version of a quarterback. With other and better options available to them, the Texans are standing pat.

This isn't really Savage's fault—he is the player he is, and no competitive quarterback in his right mind is going to turn down a starting job in the NFL. But he completely missed the backside pressure from all-world defensive tackle Aaron Donald on his first sack/fumble in the first quarter, and he missed the front-side pressure from linebacker Samson Ebukam on the second sack/fumble in the third quarter, missing a wide-open Braxton Miller in the right flat. Whether he didn't see Miller or was simply too slow to respond, we've seen enough of these plays in which Savage gets himself blown up in the pocket with slow response time to adhere a percentage of blame to the quarterback.

The game log says that Savage's interception late in the second quarter was intended for tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz, but as there were two Rams defenders in front of Fiedorowicz, it would be equally accurate to say that the pass was intended for Mark Barron, who picked it off easily.

The Texans are now 3-6, and they are sticking with a quarterback who removes most of the playbook from on-field reality because they don't have any more inspiring options on the roster. That they recently signed Josh Johnson, who hasn't thrown a regular-season pass since 2011 and was Colin Kaepernick's third-string backup in San Francisco in 2012, sends a strong message as to how deep the invective against Kaepernick goes. This isn't a referendum on Kaepernick as much as it is a statement of incredulity that there are NFL teams who would prefer to put themselves in potentially losing situations than address a modicum of controversy for the betterment of their offenses.

No team better reflects that right now than this one.

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