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Jake Delhomme heads to Houston

Cleveland Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme is hit by Atlanta Falcons John Abraham as he makes a throw during the fourth quarter of their NFL football game in Cleveland Reuters

Jake Delhomme is going to take a break from racing horses to get back in a playoff race.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Texans will sign Jake Delhomme for quarterback depth. Delhomme is expected to compete with Kellen Clemens to backup rookie T.J. Yates for Houston.

Of course, that may just be the short-term plan.  Delhomme or Clemens could earn playing time if Yates struggles and they pick up the offense quickly in practice.  The plan for this week is for Delhomme to be the No. 3 quarterback.

Signing Delhomme could be a sign that the Texans genuinely want to give Yates a chance. Delhomme seems more like a mentor for Yates and a great team presence rather than someone you want starting anytime soon.

Then again, the Texans will have an experienced quarterback at the ready for their playoff run if all else fails. Jake Delhomme possibly starting another playoff game is not something we anticipated writing about this year.

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  1. jaggedmark says: Nov 29, 2011 5:24 PM

    We all remember Delhomme’s last playoff game. He threw something like 17 interceptions.

    Good luck Houston!

  2. panther17 says: Nov 29, 2011 5:26 PM

    Good for Jake. Do well. Good luck.

  3. mike106 says: Nov 29, 2011 5:27 PM

    Jake almost won a superbowl a few years back…I think he can beat out a no name rookie qb….Good luck Jake

  4. kbookert says: Nov 29, 2011 5:29 PM

    Wouldnt Schaub be the mentor and team presence? He hurt his foot not his mouth.

  5. usetabe says: Nov 29, 2011 5:31 PM

    Hmmm. Houston takes Delhomme over Jeff Garcia. Jeff must have totally lost it in his last year in the UFL.

  6. dcsween says: Nov 29, 2011 5:33 PM

    I guess the Texans are in the same conference, but otherwise this isn’t very Jarguary news for Jaguar day.

  7. cincybert says: Nov 29, 2011 5:35 PM

    Jake Delhomme last playoff appearance resulted in the single worst game by a quarterback not named Dieter Brock. Good luck Houston.

  8. nineroutsider says: Nov 29, 2011 5:37 PM

    Jake isn’t the worst choice, but Garcia, regardless of how he practices, would have been a better choice. He knows the offense and can make the throws that Delhomme can’t. He can mentor just as well too.

    Maybe Yates will take them deep though. Don’t know much about that kid, but we are going to find out…

  9. txtuff says: Nov 29, 2011 5:38 PM

    Just a back up. Now if Houston loses a 3rd QB for the season a 3rd game in a roll, time to plan for next year!

  10. texanfan59 says: Nov 29, 2011 5:39 PM

    I can only hope the team is making the right choice. Without seeing either of the two workout, I would say Jeff Garcia was really bad. However if he was that bad why did the Texans bring him back for a second workout?? Let’s just hope TJ Yates balls and it’s irrelevant.

  11. mmcdan133 says: Nov 29, 2011 5:39 PM

    Jeff Garcia, you just got beat out by Jake Delhomme, the human INT machine. It’s time to start thinking about life after football, my friend.

  12. pmd5319 says: Nov 29, 2011 5:40 PM

    Best of luck to Texans. Really happy for Jake. He’s a good guy and I’m glad he will get to go out on a playoff team.

  13. bmoreballers says: Nov 29, 2011 5:42 PM

    You can’t tell me they will be more competitive with delhomme then with Garcia. Not that I care but It seems like Houston can never catch a break

  14. redguy12588 says: Nov 29, 2011 5:43 PM

    Good luck to jake, one of the great stories of the nfl. He deserves a championship.

  15. westclaims says: Nov 29, 2011 5:44 PM

    Cards fan here. I could bash on Jake, but not going to. He is a LOT BETTER option than Leinart. If he gets the offense down, the Texans could be a force in the playoffs. It was NOT going to happen with Leinart.

  16. commandercornpone says: Nov 29, 2011 5:44 PM

    far and away he has a deeper arm than garcia.

    just not always good judgment as to when to throw it.

  17. buckybadger says: Nov 29, 2011 5:47 PM

    Yates can play a little bit. I think it is wise for Houston to give him a chance.

  18. lenke08 says: Nov 29, 2011 5:49 PM

    Glad Jake is getting another chance. I wish he stayed with Cleveland and was stil mentoring Colt but oh well. Good luck bud.

  19. flavordave says: Nov 29, 2011 5:52 PM

    I still cant believe that they called Garcia. Hes been irrelevent for at least 7-10 years.

  20. mooremusicllc says: Nov 29, 2011 5:55 PM

    I watched T J Yates for 4 yrs at UNC he will do fine….i Also watched Jake for 7 yrs he had a bad game at a bad time..He was doing fine in Clevland till he got hurt…..I think Houston you DO NOT have a problem…Im a Carolina fan but i will be pulling for ya.

  21. realitypolice says: Nov 29, 2011 5:59 PM

    Look for Delhomme to come in the second half this week, start the last 4 games, and wind up leading the league in interceptions.

  22. nflfollower says: Nov 29, 2011 6:01 PM

    Delhomme can throw the deep ball, Garcia can’t. Garcia never had arm strength. If you want to take advantage of Andre Johnson, Delhomme was a better choice.

  23. kosarsmyidol says: Nov 29, 2011 6:06 PM

    Delhomme was nothing but professional when he was in Cleveland. I can’t help but wonder whether McCoy has regressed without Delhomme there to mentor him. I wish him luck.

  24. jscruisen says: Nov 29, 2011 6:11 PM

    Delhomme was horrible at the end of his career in Carolina, and considerably worse at Cleveland. Put the Houston fans on suicide watch right now!

  25. donterrelli says: Nov 29, 2011 6:20 PM

    Jake Delhomme is horrible. Did they even consider his last three seasons? Turrible

  26. str8h8tin says: Nov 29, 2011 6:36 PM

    Wow…This was the year that the Texans were supposed to take the AFC South and make a deep playoff push but instead they throw it away by signing Delhomme. Remember, you’re only as good as your backup QB and right now the Texans have a rookie at the wheel and a 36year old interception machine with glass ankles as their backup. Houston, you have a problem…

  27. ballsohardelementary says: Nov 29, 2011 6:38 PM

    A veteran QB is understandable considering the situation. The Texans are a good team with a ton of talent. They have never made it to the playoffs and owe it to the fans to make the best push possible for the big dance. Delhomme is just the type of,”game manager” that could keep the Texans in contention especially in the Manningless AFC South.

  28. rando74 says: Nov 29, 2011 6:41 PM

    …..If only the Chiefs had relaized how bad they suck and not screwed over Kyle Orton. He would have given Houston a much beter chance.

  29. vanmorrissey says: Nov 29, 2011 6:43 PM

    Delhomme was horrible in Cleveburg. Best thing they can hope for is he doesn’t fumble when handing off to Foster.

  30. chc4 says: Nov 29, 2011 6:45 PM

    Delhomme a mentor for a young QB? That’s like saying a team should hire Rich Kotite to be a consultant for a 1st year coach.

  31. tednancy says: Nov 29, 2011 6:48 PM

    Actually this is a smart move by Houston. I’ve been watching Jake for years – most recently in 2010 when he started for my Browns – and while he may not be what he once was, he can still manage the game just fine.

    Houston has one of the NFL’s best rushing attacks. Jake will not be asked to win the game for them, and in such a scenario, he just might thrive.

    All those who are cracking jokes at Jake’s expense probably haven’t watched him play for any extended period of time. He’s prone to erratic play, but only when he’s asked to do too much.

  32. jackblackshairyback says: Nov 29, 2011 7:12 PM

    He’s prone to erratic play, but only when he’s asked to do too much.

    Unfortunately for Delhomme, not throwing pick 6′s is asking too much.

  33. CKL says: Nov 29, 2011 7:12 PM

    kbookert says:
    Nov 29, 2011 5:29 PM
    Wouldnt Schaub be the mentor and team presence? He hurt his foot not his mouth.
    ___________________________________
    He can’t practice and will be busy with recovery and rehab. He also has zero playoff experience and no other QB on that roster has any either.

    I wish JD the best. He’s by far my favorite person ever to lace up a pair of cleats. He was and still is quite under appreciated for the good things he did as a player and person and leader. He deserves a ring before he retires.

  34. war27 says: Nov 29, 2011 7:15 PM

    Not sure where my post went but…

    Jeff Garcia isn’t going anywhere to mentor anyone. His time in Oakland showed us that. He knew he was coming in to try and get Russell right and all he did is complain about not being named the starter.

    Garcia probably wanted to play so they didn’t want to bring him in. nothing worse then a mentor that wants nothing but for you to fail.

  35. passosvilla says: Nov 29, 2011 7:19 PM

    Why not Culpepper Houston?

  36. dabkg says: Nov 29, 2011 7:21 PM

    Just reading what I see here I’m going to take a shot in the dark and say that Garcia was probably asking for more than the Texans were willing to give. Garcia still wants back in the NFL as a starter, whereas Delhomme is likely more willing to be a short term solution for a generous short term salary.

    One thing to know about Kubiak is that he is loyal to an absolute fault. He’s not going to be interested in someone who feels they should be competing for Shaub’s job. He’s offering what he’s offering and if thats not enough he’ll go somewhere else.

    Again, thats a complete shot in the dark, but knowing Kubiak as a Houstonian and Texans fan, and what I know of Garcia, I’d say its an educated guess.

  37. mooremusicllc says: Nov 29, 2011 7:31 PM

    tednancey your last comment was spot on. jake has so many pos hes a great locker room guy…im telling you hes a good choice

  38. waldoampere says: Nov 29, 2011 7:31 PM

    “We all remember Delhomme’s last playoff game. He threw something like 17 interceptions.”

    That still makes him better than Kellen Clemens.

  39. bozosforall says: Nov 29, 2011 7:33 PM

    donterrelli says:
    Nov 29, 2011 6:20 PM
    Jake Delhomme is horrible. Did they even consider his last three seasons? Turrible

    __
    Try research next time. Delhomme’s third to last season resulted in a 12-4 record for the team that he started for.

  40. predicatepanda says: Nov 29, 2011 7:44 PM

    jackblackshairyback says:
    Nov 29, 2011 7:12 PM
    He’s prone to erratic play, but only when he’s asked to do too much.

    Unfortunately for Delhomme, not throwing pick 6′s is asking too much.
    ————————————————
    Exactly. Delhomme is a great guy & teamate but he’s got a gunslinger’s mentality w/o the tools to make it work, especially at the tail end of his career.

    Unfortuanetly for Houston, they don’t have a lot of options.

  41. mezanine10 says: Nov 29, 2011 7:45 PM

    Really Rick Smith and Gary Kubiak???

    Delhomme will be the best player on all the teams that are playing the Texans.

  42. 4512dawg4512 says: Nov 29, 2011 7:46 PM

    Delhomme over Garcia!?!?! hahaha, way to go Texans. Keep on being overhyped and hey, until the earth explodes every year for you guys will continue to be “the year” … cracks me up

  43. myfinalword says: Nov 29, 2011 8:05 PM

    CKL says:
    Nov 29, 2011 7:12 PM
    kbookert says:
    Nov 29, 2011 5:29 PM
    Wouldnt Schaub be the mentor and team presence? He hurt his foot not his mouth.
    ___________________________________
    He can’t practice and will be busy with recovery and rehab. He also has zero playoff experience and no other QB on that roster has any either.

    I wish JD the best. He’s by far my favorite person ever to lace up a pair of cleats. He was and still is quite under appreciated for the good things he did as a player and person and leader. He deserves a ring before he retires.
    ___________________________________

    Yeah, just like he was too busy rehabbing last week… Wait, he was on the sidelines. Hate to tell you but Schaub can be available to practices for input. Thats the thing about rehab, he can rehab at any time. It’s also a little different since he is on IR. It’s not like he is pushing to get back on the field this year.

  44. commandercornpone says: Nov 29, 2011 8:29 PM

    garcia cant throw the ball 20 yards.

    neither can chauncey, and he cant avoid the rush.

  45. mikehockhurtz says: Nov 29, 2011 8:56 PM

    Everyone saying Houston should have taken Garcia…

    Garcia is like 90 years old…and I’m sure the scouts know a bit more than we do….

  46. montsta says: Nov 29, 2011 9:05 PM

    Everybody bashes Jake for his atrocious performance against AZ in the 2008 playoffs, but people forget that he out-played Brady in the Superbowl. Over 300 yards, 3 TD’s, no picks. He’s obviously not Schaub, but he got the Panthers deep into the playoffs twice by having an excellent RB and chucking it up to an elite WR. I wish him the best of Luck, and will now be rooting for HOU in the playoffs since my Panthers are toast.

  47. peytonsneck18 says: Nov 29, 2011 9:06 PM

    Well the afc south is all messed up now….since the colts left it wide open like a missed throw from a jags qb

  48. freewayjim says: Nov 29, 2011 9:14 PM

    The curse of Doug Flutie lives!

  49. axlviking says: Nov 29, 2011 9:21 PM

    Is it possible that the former NFL players who decided to go to the UFL could be getting black-balled by NFL teams?

  50. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Nov 29, 2011 10:18 PM

    tj hates has scary potential. we unc fans called him tj yikes for forever. then last year, a light turned on and he played incredible, carrying the tarheels. he may be the best healthy qb on their roster. do NOT count him out

  51. mikehockhurtz says: Nov 29, 2011 10:24 PM

    “Is it possible that the former NFL players who decided to go to the UFL could be getting black-balled by NFL teams?”

    ****************

    Nah….they usually don’t make it back…no need to blackball them.

  52. mightyleemoon says: Nov 29, 2011 10:33 PM

    mike106 says:
    Nov 29, 2011 5:27 PM
    Jake almost won a superbowl a few years back…I think he can beat out a no name rookie qb….Good luck Jake

    ————————————

    A few years back? Try about a decade ago…

  53. Matt-NC says: Nov 29, 2011 10:48 PM

    I can’t believe I’m saying this but Favre would have been a better choice.

  54. tqaztec says: Nov 29, 2011 11:02 PM

    Does Culpepper even have a phone?

  55. 2ndaryinsanity says: Nov 29, 2011 11:28 PM

    I just threw up a little in my mouth….
    Maybe I should ask my shrink to up the anti-depressant dosage in anticipation of my team’s season and play off hopes going up in smoke.

  56. newyorkfootballjets says: Nov 29, 2011 11:33 PM

    Ummm what are you all thinking. Clemens all the way, he deserves a shot after getting screwed by favre an then sanchez in new york. And btw he has an arm.

  57. mikehockhurtz says: Nov 30, 2011 12:08 AM

    Look at the bright side Houston, basketball is back soon and you got the…err, well you got the Rockets…

    Sheesh…

  58. savannahrose44 says: Nov 30, 2011 12:23 AM

    I feel sorry for Houston fans.

  59. max20characters says: Nov 30, 2011 1:39 AM

    Can we all look back at the last season he had in Clevland?

  60. danrooneyii says: Nov 30, 2011 2:11 AM

    superboel

  61. mineallmine001 says: Nov 30, 2011 4:22 AM

    They would be better odd with a jugs machine a qb

  62. charmcity207 says: Nov 30, 2011 6:58 AM

    Texans fans better hope he is just a mentor.

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