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Schaub gives T.J. Yates his seal of approval

Posted on: November 28, 2011 4:26 pm
T. Yates looks to be Houston's starting quarterback for the foreseeable future (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Now that Matt Leinart is unofficially done for the season after cracking his left collarbone Sunday, it appears the Texans are going to take their chances with fifth-round pick T.J. Yates as the starting quarterback for the foreseeable future.

My colleague Will Brinson wrote a little about him in this week’s Sorting the Sunday Pile, but aside from Yates, who was 8 of 15 for 70 yards in relief of Leinart, holding the title of the best quarterback ever to emerge from UNC, we know very little about his ability to start in the NFL.

But considering the other Texans options, where else could they turn for a starter? Probably not Kellen Clemens, who was signed last week. Probably not Sage Rosenfels, who somehow has become a candidate to be claimed by Houston on waivers despite being placed on the Reserved/Non-Football Illness list with the Dolphins last month. And definitely not tight end Owen Daniels, who was actually the emergency backup to Yates on Sunday after Leinart left the game.

For now, it seems like Yates is the only man standing. And that’s OK by original starter Matt Schaub.

“T.J.’s been with us now for quite a while,” Schaub said on KILT in Houston, via “He’s been in our meetings; he understands our system. Obviously, you don’t want to give him an incredible amount of new stuff. … At the same time, we have enough guys in this locker room that have played enough football and they’re solid players. We’ve got some talent on our team and they’re going to have to pick up their play. We’ve dealt with injuries now all season. It seems like a broken record, but that’s what we’ve done and there’s something special about this team.”

And Yates is the guy that can continue that special season?

“T.J., for being a rookie, he’s probably picked this offense up to the point where he can function in it well, faster than anyone I’ve seen, including myself,” Schaub said. “That’s a big credit to him, because this is not an easy offense to pick up. … I, personally, have a ton of confidence that he’s going to go in there and play very well.”

After the game, Gary Kubiak talked about how Yates plays the game fast and that he has all the starting quarterback characteristics. Yet, Kubiak also acknowledged that he's barely taken any reps. Which means the Texans don’t really know what they have with Yates. For good or for bad.

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Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:09 pm

Schaub gives T.J. Yates his seal of approval

Texans should grab Chad Pennington off the scrap heap.  he's better then anyone they have or anyone they can get. 

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:11 am

Schaub gives T.J. Yates his seal of approval

Big difference between first round qb's and 5th round qb's. Newton and Dalton were pretty good last year in college. Kubiak needs to let him play to see what he can really do. The 2nd half of the Jacksonville game reminded me of when Carr was running the offense. It's going to be boring as hell if we are going 3 runs and punt the rest of the year.

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:12 am

Schaub gives T.J. Yates his seal of approval

There is speculation among the Arizona and Houston locker rooms that Matt Leinart broke his own collarbone to avoid the responsibility of being the starting QB.

Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 9:58 am

Schaub gives T.J. Yates his seal of approval

It is very interesting that the early odds only put Atlanta as a 1 point favorite. This says a lot about the respect for other aspects of the Texans such as the defense. If you will look at 8 wins, in each the opposing team was only able to score 14 points or less. If the defense can keep the other team to 14 points or less then all Yates has to do is score a bit and with this offense he should be able to score at least 17-21.  Note also the success of other rookie QBs. Look at Andy Dalton and Cam Newton.  First year QB have stepped in and done will with worse teams so it is not beyond the possiblity that Yates will do just fine and that the Texans will continue to win. 

Since: Apr 25, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 8:37 am

T.J. Yates to surprise?

I'm tired of hearing how the Texans will get another QB to start. Yes, get another - obviously. But let Yates start. He's been in the meetings and on the practice field (to an extent), he was picked because of the system he ran, he came in & looked good (the lack of production was more coaching & calling than Yates' play). His pass to Andre with 4 DB's around him showed touch & he has a deeper ball than the other 2 QB's we've already lost. I think the team has his back & there's something to be said for locker room continuity (after all the injuries among leaders on this team) vs. handing the controls over to a new guy who hasn't played for years (possibly) and hasn't been around.

Since: Oct 25, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2011 8:13 pm

Schaub gives T.J. Yates his seal of approval

Good luck, Rook, with Atlanta coming to town. You're gonna need it.

Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 6:31 pm

Schaub gives T.J. Yates his seal of approval

I'm picking up Favre in my fantasy league!

Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 5:17 pm

Schaub gives T.J. Yates his seal of approval

Let's make it happen TJ.. Football Gods have you as the chosen one (so far) :) We'll be watching this Sunday. Good Luck!

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