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Yates to start, Kubiak won't 'rule out anybody'

Posted on: November 28, 2011 6:43 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2011 9:51 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Earlier Monday we learned that injured Houston quarterback Matt Schaub was fully behind (former) third-string rookie T.J. Yates and his ability to succeed as a starter with the Texans. Even better news came out late Monday afternoon: coach Gary Kubiak is on board with Yates as well.

Kubiak confirmed on Monday that Yates would start for the Texans in Week 13 and also confirmed that Matt Leinart is out for the season.

"We are going with T.J. It’s T.J.’s opportunity and it’s his job and I told him and I told the team that today," Kubiak said after Monday's practice. "But I also told the team that we will bring in somebody else. We’ve got a young quarterback and a backup who’s been here for four days, so we’ve got to find some experience out there, who’s been in a few rodeos, so to speak, and make sure we’re preparing ourselves for down the road."

  Who will that quarterback be? Well, Kubiak also left open the ominous, but unlikely, possibility of a certain retiree joining the Texans roster.

"I don’t think you rule out anybody," Kubiak said when asked if he could eliminate Brett Favre from the discussion. "I know there’s, like I said, a lot of names being mentioned. We’ve got to continue to work through the process. I'm not going to rule out anybody, nor confirm anybody."

On Sunday night, Peter King of Sports Illustrated reported on NBC that he talked with Favre and Texans general manager Rick Smith, and both said there was no mutual interest in a return to the NFL for No. 4, even in a good situation like the Texans offer.

So it seems pretty unlikely that Favre will get a call from Houston, if he would even respond. Favre doesn't really make all that much sense for Houston, given that they're already fully committed to running the ball and shutting teams down defensively. Yes, he's got more experience than Yates (who, as we noted, is already UNC's greatest NFL quarterback, with just over a half's worth of statistics). 

But Favre also brings a pile of drama to the table, with no guarantee for success, and that might be too much of a gamble for the Texans to take.

Of course, if Yates struggles, well, you can't rule anyone out.

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Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 3:47 pm

Yates to start, Kubiak won't 'rule out anybody'

Curry was drafted by the Raiders and converted into a wr

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 1:27 pm

Yates to start, Kubiak won't 'rule out anybody'

Anyone who saw Favre's last year with the Vikings knows he's done. He'd be a disaster and only nuts like Peter King would even consider it a vianle option. There won't need to be hourly updates by Rachel Nichols and Pedro Gomez outside Brett's house. He's done. Get over it.

As for Yates, I think the tough part for him will be adjusting to the speed. He looked slow to react this Sunday. Once it dawned on Kubiak that Owen Daniels would be Yates' backup, he made sure Yates wasn't going to hold the ball long enough to be hit. Kubiak will need to expose Yates more in order to keep opponents from loading up the box. I think he can pull it off, probably not aganst Atlanta but down the stretch.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:55 am

Yates to start, Kubiak won't 'rule out anybody'

So Yates will be the first Tarheels qb to ever start an NFL game. Hoping a UNC fan could help me with the name of the qb that was drafted but converted to te/wr.

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2011 9:20 pm

Yates to start, Kubiak won't 'rule out anybody'

Guarentee Warner could be preparded to lead the texans with ease before playoffs start if they call now, but of course they will do all they can

Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: November 28, 2011 8:58 pm

Yates to start, Kubiak won't 'rule out anybody'

T.J. Yates has four years of college under his belt, which is more than some have when they are thrust into service early.  Hopefully that experience will help him and the Texans.

Good luck going forward.

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