Texans could have done better at No. 2 QB

Discussion in 'Tennessee Titans and NFL Talk' started by NewsGrabber, Mar 1, 2009.

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    <em><br /> Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky</em> <p>The Texans have made their choice for Sage Rosenfels' replacement as their backup quarterback, and I don't suspect fans in Houston are doing cartwheels over it.</p> <p>It's former Lions QB Dan Orlovsky. I hate to label the guy off one play, but I imagine a lot of people are with me on this one. Say the name and what pops into your head? The ridiculous play where he rolled out along the thick white stripe in the back of the end zone, clueless that the play was dead and he'd given up a safety.</p> <p>I like my quarterbacks, even my backups, to have a fundamental understanding of the field's parameters. When they don't, I certainly don't reward them with three years for $8.5 million, the contract numbers reported by ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton.</p> <p>Say what you will about Rosenfels, whose own boneheaded plays late in a home game against Indianapolis last season turned a win into a loss, but his team scored points when he played as opposed to most teams where the backup in the game often means a touchdown less on the scoreboard.</p> <p>I think trading Rosenfels for a fourth round pick from Minnesota was a smart move. I think signing Orlovsky was a bad move, but he gets a clean slate and a fair chance. We didn't have a good feeling for Rosenfels when he joined the team either.</p> <p>I'm surprised, frankly, the Texans didn't take a close look at Titans free agent Chris Simms, who's connected to offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and would have brought more upside. I haven't heard Simms name since free agency opened.</p> <p>But the central fact here remains the same: The Texans need a 16-game season out of Matt Schaub.</p>

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    I agree with this for the most part. Not excited about the pickup but will reserve judgement till he has to play for us. As it is, since AH is out of the division, Schaubs chances of finishing the season goes up. Hopefully Schaub will play a whole season. Our OL will have a full season of working together under their belt when camp starts, baring injuries. Our rookie OL didn't impress much but he was thrown to the lions early and often. Our OL could be a strength this coming season and that should help keep Schaub on the field and Orlovsky on the bench.
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