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Kubiak gives Schaub a day off, impressed by Yates


Whether it’s creating the emergency plan, or just giving Matt Schaub a day off, the Texans let their backup quarterbacks run the place yesterday.

And coach Gary Kubiak said he was impressed by the results of T.J. Yates and Case Keenum.

“I told the guys that it says a lot about your team when the coach can sit down 12 veterans and watch the way you practiced today,” Kubiak said, via Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle. “We’re going to have guys get hurt. We’re going to have guys miss games. We can never use [injuries] as an excuse. That was my message today. I liked the way we practiced.”

Yates has played sufficiently well in spurts, and led the franchise to its first playoff win when Schaub was injured in 2011. He regressed a bit last year, but seemed to be off to a better start.

“T.J.’s career has been interesting because it was like, ‘Boom!’ – so many great things happened [at the end of his rookie year] and his confidence was sky-high,” Kubiak said. “Then you come back your second year and play the preseason but not play but about 20 snaps in the regular season, and it seemed like nothing went right in those 20 snaps. That’s part of being a backup quarterback.

“We just need to get him going again. He’s working hard. He’s doing good stuff and getting pushed extremely hard. I’m expecting him to continue to grow as a player.”

And by giving him a chance to run with the majority of the starters, they’re only speeding up that process.

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16 Responses to “Kubiak gives Schaub a day off, impressed by Yates”
  1. aftermath80 says: May 30, 2013 8:28 AM

    I like Yates chances on being a starter for the Texans in the next few years. I know he played my Ravens tough in the 2011 playoffs. Which could send Schaub packing if he doesnt step up this year. Andre Johnson wont be there forever.

  2. tombradyallday says: May 30, 2013 9:26 AM

    im surprised he went undrafted, yates lit it up at north carolina

  3. hanifmiller says: May 30, 2013 9:43 AM

    Translation. “We know Schaubs upside and it’s not great. We dont know Yates’ upside and may have to turn to him at some point if Schaub cant pull it together. Our window is closing. Time to give Yates some reps.”

  4. elwaysmilehighdenver says: May 30, 2013 9:51 AM

    Even Matt Schaub thinks TJ isn’t
    Houston Texans worthy.

  5. shayeezy says: May 30, 2013 10:07 AM

    he also praised collin klein a few days before they sent him packing.

  6. marcolamorsa says: May 30, 2013 10:39 AM


    TJ Yates was drafted in the 5th round

  7. classactcalvin81 says: May 30, 2013 10:52 AM

    The Texans won’t win big with Shaub he wins games yes but not big games. Not saying Yates is the answer but he will b if he’s not already better than Shaub. Look at how well he handled himself as a 5th round rook when he took over.

  8. oneandonlyramsfaninpa says: May 30, 2013 10:52 AM

    i liked how Yates took over his team his rookie year, he will definitely be Matts replacement in a year or so.

  9. notwithkubiak says: May 30, 2013 10:53 AM

    It doesn’t really matter who’s QB. You could have Tom Brady back there and Kubiak would find a way to keep him from calling audibles and find a way to make him lose games.

  10. 8to80texansblog says: May 30, 2013 11:08 AM

    I kind of agree with notwithkubiak…

    In big games Kubiak gets very tentative in his play calling. That attitude filters down the team and you then have a QB who is tentative in big games and a defense that is tentative in big games.

  11. 8to80texansblog says: May 30, 2013 11:10 AM

    I actually expect Case Keenum to overtake Yates on the depth chart. Not sure if hes better or not but I think Kubiak REALLY likes him.

  12. cuda1234 says: May 30, 2013 11:16 AM

    Yates has the same number of playoff wins as Tim Tebow. Doesn’t that mean he should be the starter?

  13. larrydavid7000 says: May 30, 2013 11:17 AM

    Can you say second thoughts. QB controversy Houston we have a problem.

  14. andrejohnsonforpresident says: May 30, 2013 11:26 AM

    a lot of people forget how good that team was. They were pro football focuses number one team when schuab went down. they also had one of the best o-lines in recent history there.

  15. artworkworld says: May 30, 2013 1:47 PM

    Yates was more of a detriment than a positive in those playoff games. I think that if Schaub had played, they would have beaten the Ravens. Arian Foster & the defense were reason that they were in it.

  16. peytonsneck18 says: May 30, 2013 5:37 PM

    doesnt matter, the texans time as the afc south champs is over, Luck and the colts are snatching back what we owned forever, the afc south and the texans!!!

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