Starting Sunday against San Francisco, quarterback Tom Savage will be on a mission to prove he's not "Turnover Tom" during what is expected to be his last four games with the Texans. Savage, who's in the last year of his contract, is coming off the best game of his career, a 365-yard performance in the loss at Tennessee, but he threw a late interception in the end zone that ruined the Texans' chance to win. The interception overshadowed a terrific effort by Savage, who was sacked four times and knocked down nine times. In six starts this season, Savage has five touchdowns, six interceptions and a 71.8 rating. He's been sacked 19 times, and he's lost seven of the team's nine fumbles, tying a franchise record. Sunday's loss to the Titans was only the second time Savage has committed fewer than two turnovers. The San Francisco game at NRG Stadium would be a good time for him to play a turnover-free game. "Now I'm being labeled as a fumbler and a turnover machine, which I know I'm not," he said Wednesday. "It comes down to doing it and then just proving to yourself you're not a turnover guy." Savage knows there's only one way to prove it, and that's on the field. He'll be viewed in a more favorable light if he can avoid a turnover and pull out a victory. Getting close but suffering an end-zone interception won't help his reputation. "I hate to say this, but every turnover has (a) story of its own," he said. "The last play of the game there, I'm throwing to the best receiver (DeAndre Hopkins) in the league. I threw it outside (and) he went inside. "That's just something that me and him have to work on. That comes down to trust and anticipation. I think you can learn from each one (turnover). I have to be smart with the ball." Things to like The coaches and players were encouraged by the way Savage moved the team despite losing receivers Bruce Ellington and Braxton Miller and tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz because of injuries. "From the start, it's never been about who's out there with him - the first team, second team or scout team," quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan said. "He really focuses on doing his job and has a pretty good way about him in terms of trusting whoever's with him. It (playing without so many injured receivers) was impressive but not surprising to me. "I think he was probably a little more consistent throughout the game. He stayed even keel. There were no periods of ups and downs. I thought he continuously made good decisions." Savage also established career highs of 31 completions and 49 attempts. Even though he threw the interception with 1:10 left in the game, his performance should have elevated his confidence. Savage's coaches and teammates are eager to see how he responds against the 49ers. "When you perform well, there's no question it's going to boost your confidence," Ryan said. "The thing we talk about in the (quarterback) room is you have to acknowledge things you've done well (and) you always have to keep in mind the things you've done poorly (and) things you need to correct.
Texans QB Tom Savage: I'm not a 'turnover machine'
Houston Chronicle | Dec 7