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Daunte Culpepper, still waiting for a call

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With Houston down to T.J. Yates and Kellen Clemens and either Brodie Croyle or Sage Rosenfels or maybe Dan Pastorini, it’s critical that the Texans add a quarterback with veteran postseason experience, if the team hopes to have a good experience in the postseason.

They’ve scratched Favre off the list, sort of.  And for good reason.  It would indeed be a circus if Favre were to roll into town.  41-year-old Jeff Garcia got a workout last Monday, but the team opted for Clemens.  Unless Garcia was in horrible shape, the value of his game — and playoff — experience shouldn’t be underestimated.

Then there’s Daunte Culpepper.  He has four career playoff games, he’s seven years younger than Garcia, and Culpepper remains in shape and ready to play.

“I have been preparing all summer and have continued to work out six days a week throughout this season, waiting for an opportunity to show a team that I am ready, willing and able to contribute where I am needed,” Culpepper told PFT by email.

So why not bring the guy in for a workout?  If the Texans fear he simply doesn’t have it, why not make that determination based on an evaluation of what he currently has?

I’m not saying the Texans definitely should sign him.  I’m simply saying that they should kick his tires, and compare his resume to those of the guys who currently are on the roster.

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45 Responses to “Daunte Culpepper, still waiting for a call”
  1. edmazeing1 says: Nov 28, 2011 3:19 PM

    I wanna see culpeepper, get his Roll on one last time!!!

  2. govtminion says: Nov 28, 2011 3:19 PM

    It’s an interesting suggestion, but… at the same time, he hasn’t played in the NFL in a few years now, and the last couple of years that he DID play weren’t particularly good. He just hasn’t been a particularly good player since he had his unfortunate knee problems- I’m not sure that he’s an improvement over what the Texans have right now, playoff experience aside.

    …still better than the circus though.

  3. apooster says: Nov 28, 2011 3:24 PM

    Daunte should get his roll onto Houston. The man could flat out play even though his hands are tiny.

  4. chowface86 says: Nov 28, 2011 3:28 PM

    He will finish the year as an MVP contender.

  5. vikesfansteve says: Nov 28, 2011 3:29 PM

    The year after Culpepper shreaded his knee, the Vikings wanted him to rehab in MN but he wanted to stay in FL so he could be near his boys. He also complained he wasn’t making enough $ a year removed from signing the biggest contract in history at the time. With Daunte it was all about me, me, me. Also in Detroit he was so slow. Not the same player. Dolphins, Oakland, MN, Detroit have all seen he just doesn’t have it anymore.

  6. tampajoey says: Nov 28, 2011 3:32 PM

    Houston should sign Garcia.

  7. rskills says: Nov 28, 2011 3:33 PM

    Jeff George as an early x-mas present?
    Yes, please!

  8. eustus says: Nov 28, 2011 3:35 PM

    Big Sexy wants to know why Jeff George hasn’t gotten a call yet.

  9. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Nov 28, 2011 3:42 PM

    But if Daunte makes a come-back that will push his future annual snub for Hall of Fame voting back a year! Don’t do it Daunte!

  10. cleanslaton says: Nov 28, 2011 3:43 PM

    You underestimate how lazy the Texans coaching staff is.

    The debate of whether to go after a Shanahan/Kubiak ‘system’ guy vs. The most talented free agent QB available– ALWAYS goes to the ‘system’ guy.

    Either the system nomenclature is too hard to pick up quickly, or the coaching staff is too lazy to bother teaching it to anyone new, which both point the finger at COACHING, not QB play.

    This begs the paradox: ‘How does a QB gain experience in a ‘system’ without first being given the chance to?’
    Answer: GM Rick Smith and Kubiak are idiots if they start Yates & back him up with Clemens. There’s no excuse for hiding behind a ‘system’ when decent, experienced free agent QB’s like David Garrard & Culpepper are available.

  11. mrplow3 says: Nov 28, 2011 3:43 PM

    “Daunte should get his roll onto Houston. The man could flat out play even though his hands are tiny.”

    His hands are average, they just look tiny on his ginormous body.

    And yes, I would love to see Culpepper slinging bombs to those Texans receivers. I saw him in a UFL game last year and he still has a cannon for an arm.

  12. txtuff says: Nov 28, 2011 3:45 PM

    I say sign Dan Pastorini, bring back Luv Ya Blue haha.

  13. sterilizecromartie says: Nov 28, 2011 3:54 PM

    Culpepper just sucks. End of story. So many teams have already tried him out over the past few years and it hasn’t worked. He is done.

    Garcia would be a bad fit. The only time I have seen Garcia shine were the games when he had to put the team on his back and lead them back from a 4th quarter deficit or something. The same with Favre. These guys are just not wired to be “game-managers”. They are gunslingers. They can’t help themselves but to throw 40 times a game. That’s not the recipe Houston wants. They want to win with running game, defense, and smart turnover-free football.

    I gotta say that Rosenfels (if they can get him) would be the best fit. He fits the mold they want and he knows the offense.

  14. karlton2 says: Nov 28, 2011 3:55 PM

    If he had a real agent with connections rather than himself he’d probably be getting more offers. It’s far easier to ignore one player than an agent with 100 clients that you deal with daily or at least weekly.

  15. rugdog100 says: Nov 28, 2011 3:56 PM

    “Daunte Culpepper, still waiting for a call”. So is Jeff George.

  16. trbowman says: Nov 28, 2011 3:58 PM

    What a joke! Pep is better than most of the QBs in the league right now. Immediate starter in Houston.

    And I still don’t get how Troy Smith doesn’t have a job either.

  17. trbowman says: Nov 28, 2011 4:00 PM

    And Houston should drag Randy out of retirement as well….Pep to Andre Johnson and Moss. Beast mode.

  18. jimbobobjr says: Nov 28, 2011 4:01 PM

    I think Daunte really wants to be a referee. He keeps making the false start signal.

  19. blueandsilver9 says: Nov 28, 2011 4:03 PM

    Tiki is once again, flabbergasted

  20. melikefootball says: Nov 28, 2011 4:04 PM

    Lets bring back Bradshaw as well…do these guys ever get it they are done.

  21. bozosforall says: Nov 28, 2011 4:07 PM

    cleanslaton says:
    Nov 28, 2011 3:43 PM
    You underestimate how lazy the Texans coaching staff is.

    The debate of whether to go after a Shanahan/Kubiak ‘system’ guy vs. The most talented free agent QB available– ALWAYS goes to the ‘system’ guy.

    Either the system nomenclature is too hard to pick up quickly, or the coaching staff is too lazy to bother teaching it to anyone new, which both point the finger at COACHING, not QB play.

    This begs the paradox: ‘How does a QB gain experience in a ‘system’ without first being given the chance to?’
    Answer: GM Rick Smith and Kubiak are idiots if they start Yates & back him up with Clemens. There’s no excuse for hiding behind a ‘system’ when decent, experienced free agent QB’s like David Garrard & Culpepper are available.

    __
    ONCE AGAIN…Garrard is NOT available. He had SEASON ENDING back surgery.

    Capishe?

  22. coolgato13 says: Nov 28, 2011 4:14 PM

    Jamarcus Russell ain`t doing squat !

  23. iflounder says: Nov 28, 2011 4:24 PM

    upon hearing this news the dolphins quickly traded a second round pick for culpepper. when reporters asked for comment dolphins gm jeff ireland was found to be sitting in his office with a pin wheel hat on masturbating.

  24. sbxxix says: Nov 28, 2011 4:25 PM

    I didn’t know the Texans were looking for an OT. Yeah DC would be a good fit🙂

  25. broncomendenhall1998 says: Nov 28, 2011 4:34 PM

    I know he has not played for a long time and probably has little to no interest in coming back but jake plummer would make a lot of sense. He knows kubiaks system from his time in denver and is only 35 or 36 and he had one of his best seasons in 2005 with kubiak coaching his offense. hes probably in awful shape though

  26. rajbais says: Nov 28, 2011 4:35 PM

    Culpepper since the BEGINNING of 2005:

    20 TD – 32 INT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. mrnick66 says: Nov 28, 2011 4:37 PM

    daunte,brett,jeff, what about the only 1st pick in the draft that is sitting out there,that is right jamarcus!!!! according to SI he is chilling with his boys down in the bayou,getting his haircut and is off the purple drank,if you bring him in now and put him on a tough fitness program he could be ready by……next august…never mind. don’t call him and don’t call to make playoff reservations either

  28. Andre's Johnson says: Nov 28, 2011 4:43 PM

    Wouldn’t hurt at all to give Culpepper a look. If nothing else, he’d be a viable backup or third-stringer if he’s got something left in the tank.

    You knuckleheads stop bringing up freaking David Garrard. Good grief.

    Let’s see what this dude TJ Yates has. Atlanta will be a good test. He’ll have the home crowd (which will be totally rocking) behind him, two good running backs, an assortment of tight ends, and the league’s top-ranked defense.

    Having said that: yeah, I’d take a look at Culpepper.

  29. Burritto says: Nov 28, 2011 4:45 PM

    I think this article comes from a reasonable perspective, but also ignores the difference between wide-view history and recent history.

    His playoff wins came in 2000 and 2004. Since then, he has been crap. There is a lot less value in a guy when you say “he won a playoff game in 2000 and in 2004” than when you say “he’s 2-2 in the playoffs”.

  30. rskills says: Nov 28, 2011 4:46 PM

    Two quarterback system with Jeff George and JaMarcus Russell anyone?
    But seriously, would there be any better sports story this year than Jeff George leading the Texans to glory?
    I think not! Think about all those mullet-ed sportscenter highlites!

  31. Pat says: Nov 28, 2011 4:49 PM

    ONCE AGAIN…Garrard is NOT available. He had SEASON ENDING back surgery.

    Capishe?

    Well, that’s not right. It’s not like he is on IR, he is signed with no team. On Nov 21st, his agent said still another 3-4 weeks recovering from back surgery, so that means 2-3 weeks from now.

    Capishe?

  32. hiwaymessiah says: Nov 28, 2011 4:50 PM

    Where is Tim Couch? Sign Favre I love watching that guy play.

  33. lionsfanatic84 says: Nov 28, 2011 4:57 PM

    He sure wasn’t working out six days a week when the lions signed him in ’08, he looked like a potbellied pig, and played worse

  34. justincohn says: Nov 28, 2011 4:58 PM

    I swear, I hope he gives you guys a percentage of his future earnings ($5) because I don’t think anyone else keeps Culpepper’s career alive more.
    Sorry, lack of career. …

  35. glenne81 says: Nov 28, 2011 4:58 PM

    Daunte would have been playing a long time ago if he had a better agent.

  36. broncomendenhall1998 says: Nov 28, 2011 5:14 PM

    I know he has not played for a long time and probably has little to no interest in coming back but jake plummer would make a lot of sense. He knows kubiaks system from his time in denver and is only 35 or 36 and he had one of his best seasons in 2005 with kubiak coaching his offense. hes probably in awful shape though

  37. Dirty D Fo says: Nov 28, 2011 5:40 PM

    Like the Texans really want “Slowpepper.”

  38. transientfan says: Nov 28, 2011 8:36 PM

    Rosenfell has some kind of blood disorder, will stay on injured list and hasn’t or won’t be released by Dolphins.
    Saw Culpepper last year in UFL and definitely, not slow! Ran well just like in Minnesota days.

    Garrard had surgery. Hey, who’s left?! Why not try out Culpepper…at least he has extensive NFL experience. It’s true much of his recent experience hasn’t been great but he was on BAD teams with no defense.
    Go Daunte!

  39. romoscollarbone says: Nov 28, 2011 9:15 PM

    Does culpepper, still not use an agent? That might have something to do with it.

    Also, please don’t bring up Jeff George. Unless it’s an autograph signing, and even then don’t.

  40. sophiethegreatdane says: Nov 28, 2011 10:00 PM

    That picture makes Culpepper look like he’s trying out for a Miami Sound Machine video.

    “The rhythm is gonna getcha!”

  41. axespray says: Nov 28, 2011 10:35 PM

    deep down, i wouldn’t mind seeing him redeem himself and do a Kurt Warner like comeback…

    but idk, I just don’t see it.
    Dude was never really that accurate and his knees got messed up …idk.

  42. 6thsense79 says: Nov 29, 2011 12:24 AM

    Culpepper is only 34! Wow….that has to be one of the biggest fall from grace in the league. And this happened right after his rediculously great 2004 season. I know some people will try to point to his devastating knee injury he suffered in mid 2005 season as the start of his down fall but he was terrible even before the injury. I should know. I had him on my fantasy team that year and he killed be for about 6 or 7 games before his season ending injury.

  43. Eric Fay says: Nov 29, 2011 4:45 AM

    so, if jake plummer sends pft an email about how he’s ready to play, will you write an article about him too?

  44. cokeslurpee711 says: Nov 29, 2011 2:45 PM

    Just like Kevin Smith made the most of his opportunity with Detroit…

    Daunte would with Houston.

  45. fmwarner says: Nov 29, 2011 3:57 PM

    trbowman says: Nov 28, 2011 3:58 PM

    What a joke! Pep is better than most of the QBs in the league right now. Immediate starter in Houston.
    ====================================

    Seriously? I mean, sure, bring him in for a workout. But that’s a ridiculous assertion. Still, I give you credit for not encouraging the Texans to take a run at Quinn or Clausen. I know that took some willpower.

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