One day after Texans quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan noted a relative lack of game experience for Tom Savage, coach Bill O'Brien made it abundantly clear that he expects a better performance from his starting quarterback.

Savage has lost all three of his starts this season, including the past two since replacing injured rookie star Deshaun Watson. Savage is in his fourth NFL season, but has started just five career games.

"Yeah, he doesn't have a ton of experience, but it's time," O'Brien said Thursday. "It's time. It's time to get going."

Savage has completed just 47.3 percent of his throws this season in four games for 502 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for a 62.2 passer rating. He committed four turnovers Sunday during a loss to the Los Angeles Rams. He's fumbled six times, losing five of them.

"The quarterback's judged on two things: how many times he gets his team in the end zone and wins," O'Brien said when asked what he wants to see from Savage on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. "That's basically how it's judged."