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Texans cut Kellen Clemens, will sign Jeff Garcia

Posted on: December 6, 2011 6:08 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2011 7:17 pm
The Houston rookie QB is suddenly surrounded by old-timers. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

In the span of a few weeks, the Houston Texans have gone from having a top-10 quarterback and a quality veteran backup, to starting a rookie and signing former players in various stages of retirement to provide depth behind him.

The latest in the Texans' geriatric version of musical wheelchairs, via Rapid Reporter Brandon Williams: "Quarterback Kellen Clemens was waived (and the team) plans to sign QB Jeff Garcia, the Houston Chronicle reports. Garcia last appeared in the NFL with the Eagles in 2009 and has since played with Omaha in the UFL. Garcia will be the third quarterback behind rookie T.J. Yates and Jake Delhomme." 

The Texans had plenty of questions heading into the season, chief among them how Wade Phillips would fix one of the league's worst defenses. An area that no one was worried about: quarterback.

Matt Schaub, entering his fifth year in Houston, had quietly entered the elite QB conversation. He threw for at least 4,300 yards in 2009 and 2010, completing at least 64 percent of his passes over that time (including 53 TDs, 27 INTs). And then, 10 games into 2011, Schaub suffered a foot injury that landed him on injured reserve.

No problem, though; veteran backup Matt Leinart, a former Heisman winner and first-round pick, would lean heavily on the running game and the Texans' defense would do the rest. Except that Leinart didn't make it to halftime of his first start before he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury.

So now it's the T.J. Yates show, with understudies Delhomme (36) and Garcia (41), who have a combined 22 seasons of experience between them. Both players came into the NFL in 1999; Delhomme led the Panthers to the Super Bowl following the 2003 season, and Garcia took two teams to the playoffs on four occasions (2000-02 49ers, 2007 Bucs).

In Week 13, Yates became the first University of North Carolina alum to start an NFL game at quarterback and he helped the Texans beat the Falcons. The plan, at least for now, is for Yates to continue to play with Delhomme and Garcia backing him up, in that order.  

The Texans weren't done signing old-timers; with punter Brett Hartmann on injured reserve with an ACL injury, Houston inked Matt Turk, 43, who was a fan favorite during a previous stint with the team from 2007-10.

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Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 4:27 pm

Texans cut Kellen Clemens, will sign Jeff Garcia

Everyone wanting Terrell Owens should give it a rest. There is a reason that 32 teams have passed on him all year and there is a reason he is making no effort to get on a team. He is done, finished, over. Yes he was a great player YEARS AGO but not today.

Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2011 3:10 pm

Texans cut Kellen Clemens, will sign Jeff Garcia

Without Terrell Owens, Jeff Garcia has never been a quality quarterback.

Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2011 3:07 pm

Are the Texans serious?

This is a case of the good ole boy network alive and well.  The quarterback position just took a hit with the Texans signing Jake Delhomme and Jeff Garcia.  Yes, I am a Texans fan but I have to be honest and realistic.  TJ Yates is, should and will be the starter for the rest of this year and is the Texans quarterback of the future.  TJ Yates has a strong, accurate arm and will do well as the starter.  The only problem TJ Yates will have is outside of Andre Johnson, the Texans do not have a deep, vertical threat at wide reciever other than Andre Johnson who is out for the regular season.  To help TJ Yates, the Texans should release Derrick Mason or Bryant Johnson and sign Terrell Owens.

Terrell Owens fills the voild left by the absence of Andre Johnson.  He is a physical wide reciever who can catch short passes and break tackles for big plays, block downfield in the running game,and be a much needed deep threat to keep the safeties further from the line of scrimmage so the running game can continue to pick up positive yards each play.  Jacoby Jones has two big plays all year in the passing game, a jumpball TD reception over Ed Reed against the Ravens and a 80 yard TD reception against the Bucs which really was a 20 yard gain aided by poor tackling by Tampa Bay.  Kevin Walter does make catches but there is no run after catch nor is he capable of beating his defender for a big gain.  I have not seen it this year.  I know you are thinking, what about against the Saints.  Ok, he caught a ricochet and made a touchdown.  Can you tell me another play? 

Look at the stats.  Andre Johnson has missed 6 full games and 3 quarters out of 2 games he played in and is still the third leading reciever on the team.  He has 31 receptions for 471 yards and 2 touchdowns in the 4 games he has played in this year.  Compare that to a full season from Kevin Walter (28 receptions, 325 yards and 2 touchdowns), Jacoby Jones (22 receptions, 387 yards and 2 touchdowns), Bryant Johnson (2 receptions for 22 yards and 0 touchdowns.  Derrick Mason has added 6 receptions for 55 yards and 0 touchdowns in his time with the Texans.  Outside of Andre Johnson, we do not have a reciever with any type of big play capability.

TJ Yates may struggle during the season but it is not because he cannot play, it is because the Texans wide recievers without Andre Johnson are about as good as the recievers who play for the Jacksonville Jaguars.  The only way Jeff Garcia and Jake Delhomme can help the Texans is if they do not get on the field.  Give TJ Yates these games to gain some experience, sign Terrell Owens if you want him to have success during this time then we will win the division, win a playoff game and celebrate a great season.  It is not too late.


Since: Dec 18, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 2:43 pm

Texans cut Kellen Clemens, will sign Jeff Garcia

in all honesty, despite his age i'd have Garcia above Delhomme on the depth chart. Jake may be younger, but the reason he hasn't been playing recently is due to his collapses as a starter. the only reason Garcia hasn't been playing is because of his age; he's never had a collapse like Delhomme, and is a more consistent and knowledgable QB.

Since: Feb 17, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 2:24 pm

Texans cut Kellen Clemens, will sign Jeff Garcia

I understand only black and white photos exist of Jeff Garcia and under the picture real 49ers with pic axes were behind him.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 2:10 pm

Texans cut Kellen Clemens, will sign Jeff Garcia

Writer&Rocker:  I doubt Garcia ever sees action. I think this move was to help Yates prepare mentally. Garcia has much more playoff action than Delhomme so this move makes sense to me.

I agree that it is a smart move but not for the reason you mention per-se.  Garcia has as much playoff experiance as Delhomme, not much more as you said.
Garcia never made it to the Superbowl and Delhomme has.  Garcia has only made the playoffs 4 times, Delhomme has done it 3 or 4 times.

Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 2:03 pm

Texans cut Kellen Clemens, will sign Jeff Garcia

I doubt Garcia ever sees action. I think this move was to help Yates prepare mentally. Garcia has much more playoff action than Delhomme so this move makes sense to me.

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 1:59 pm

Texans cut Kellen Clemens, will sign Jeff Garcia

go back and look at that game the REFs blew the last play of the game when J.Shockey caught that TD pass they said illegal man down field smh hes a TE he can be down field

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 12:47 pm

Texans cut Kellen Clemens, will sign Jeff Garcia

Always admired Garcia as a quarterback. When he signed with the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL I thought he would light up the league. I attended several games. I'm sorry to say it wasn't pretty. Maybe with superior talent around him it will be different? I will agree with everyone else though, his wife is smokin' hot!

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 12:11 pm

Texans cut Kellen Clemens, will sign Jeff Garcia

lol yeah start that D against the Texans when they rack up 200+ yards rushing. It's not like they are gonna be slinging the ball like the Patriots do. He will be asked to do little things if they put him in.

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