Rookie fifth-round pick T.J. Yates has survived early in his run as the Houston Texans’ starting quarterback, but with the stakes spectacularly high, the team is adding insurance for the possibility that Yates hits a wall.
They’re about to sign 41-year-old Jeff Garcia, according ton John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
The former Grey Cup MVP and four-time NFL Pro Bowler was last on an NFL roster with the Eagles in 2009. He spent 2010 with the UFL’s Omaha Nighthawks. After a five-year CFL career with the Calgary Stampeders, Garcia spent 11 seasons with the 49ers, Lions, Browns, Eagles and Buccaneers. He hasn’t started a game since 2008 in Tampa.
This comes one week after the Texans signed Jake Delhomme to provide support behind Yates, who was thrust into the starter’s role after Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart went down with season-ending injuries in back-to-back games.
When Delhomme was signed, we argued that Houston would eventually have to give him a chance because you aren’t likely to win a Super Bowl with an untested rookie under center. But now this gives them options beyond Yates.
While Garcia will reportedly be the third quarterback to begin his time in Houston, he might be better qualified to eventually take over when Yates experiences inevitable growing pains. After all, he did work with Texans quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp in San Francisco and his numbers during his final season were actually much better than Delhomme’s.
But while Delhomme was terrible in 2009 and 2010, at least he was still employed. Garcia, who is five years older, couldn’t keep an NFL job in ’09 and ’10.
Based on their recent track records (and Yates’ lack of experience) there’s a decent chance we see all three quarterbacks before the Texans call it a year.
Oh, and this gives us one final excuse to publish a picture of Garcia’s wife. We’d be crazy not to take it…