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Kubiak sticking with T.J. Yates as Texans starter

Posted on: December 24, 2011 9:56 am
Edited on: December 24, 2011 10:09 am
Yates will keep on starting for Houston despite his struggles. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

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T.J. Yates was a heck of a story -- a rookie quarterback, drafted in the fifth round, the only Carolina quarterback to start an NFL game -- for a few weeks when the Texans were winning. Now, after two straight losses to the Panthers and Colts, he's the chief concern for the people of Houston.

But Gary Kubiak is riding out the rookie and said Friday that he's going to continue to start Yates over either Jake Delhomme or Jeff Garcia, both of whom were signed when Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart went down.

"Oh yeah, he’s done a lot of good things," Kubiak said when asked point-blank if Yates was starting. "I think T.J. continues to do some good things. I think he continues to get better, and like I said, for where we're heading here, he needs to continue to get better, and we just got to trust him and move forward."

The issue isn't so much Yates as it is the defense, however. The Texans have scored just 29 points in the last two games, but they've allowed 47 points after a stretch of seven-straight games where they didn't allow a team to score more than 20 points.

It shouldn't be considered a coincidence that this happened right after defensive coordinator Wade Phillips took a leave of absence (hey, maybe we should vote him for MVP!).

Yates' decision making needs to improve -- he fumbled against the Colts -- but it's not like he's making a pile of mistakes. Two interceptions against the Panthers were quite costly, but the Texans were losing and he still completed well over 50 percent of his passes. Against the Colts, Yates was 13 of 16.

The offense is more limited because a rookie quarterback's under center, but that's a pretty basic fact of life when you plug a young guy like Yates in with just a few weeks left in the season. The Texans wouldn't become an aerial assault team just because Delhomme or Garcia started taking snaps.

A simpler solution that would've kept these issues from surfacing? Stopping Dan Orlavsky from driving 78 yards in less than two minutes.

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Since: Dec 26, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 12:29 am

Kubiak sticking with T.J. Yates as Texans starter

13 for 16 is great an any quarterback  stats, you double the stats you have a win. Going into the plaoff , time to see what yates has?

Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: December 25, 2011 4:19 pm

Kubiak should fire himself

Houston will always suck with Kubiak as HC.  He is a horrible playcaller and game manager.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: December 25, 2011 1:59 pm

Kubiak sticking with T.J. Yates as Texans starter

Sticking with Yates will only work out if Kubiak allows Yates to play. 

Handcuffing this kid after a 300 yard game against Cincy, the # 6 Defense in the league, makes absolutely no sense.  I was for firing Kubiak before the season started, but came around after the Texans won the south.  But this nonsense with Yates has me calling for his head again. 

Either let Yates play, or bring in Delhomme.  If you're lacking in guts Gary, time to move to the front office. 

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 25, 2011 11:26 am

Kubiak sticking with T.J. Yates as Texans starter

I am so surprised that Kubiak is still around. good for him.

Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2011 3:52 pm

Kubiak sticking with T.J. Yates as Texans starter

Kubiak and Herring are the ones who need to alter their approach-there was really nothing to lose or even risk by ditching the conservative playcalling on offense.  Yates was 13 of 16, take some shots down the field, particularly since the running game with Foster was going good enough to keep the Colts honest.  Orlovsky repeatedly stepped up into a wide open middle to a clear passing lane-no pressure up the middle by blitz or from up front.  It may be Phillips' D, but Herring is the wrong guy to run it. Period.

Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: December 24, 2011 11:56 am
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Since: May 5, 2009
Posted on: December 24, 2011 11:40 am

Kubiak sticking with T.J. Yates as Texans starter

uhhh hello?  Let's not forget the greatest receiver in the NFL ANDRE JOHNSON has been MIA also.  Yates has nobody to throw to.  You can't just replace someone like AJ.  When AJ comes back it'll be a completely different story. 

Oh and it's OrlOvsky...not Orlavsky....cmon

Since: Oct 6, 2010
Posted on: December 24, 2011 11:12 am

Kubiak sticking with T.J. Yates as Texans starter

I didn't see much from TJ Yeates thursday night. Losing 3 streight games heading into the playoffs will not be a good thing for the Texans. They should play Dellehome in the last game to see what he has left. The Texans have nothing to lose.

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