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Phillips says Yates won’t start for Houston on Sunday


The man who wears No. 13 for the Texans won’t be getting a chance to help the team end a 13-game losing streak.

After suggesting on Monday that T.J. Yates could get the nod at quarterback in the regular-season finale against the Titans, interim coach Wade Phillips said Tuesday that Yates won’t.

“Both of the other guys [Case Keenum and Matt Schaub] have played a whole lot, and going into the last game, they give us the best opportunity,” Phillips said, via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.  “It just would be hard for T.J. to come in after not playing any the whole year.”

Schaub started the team’s latest loss because Keenum has a torn ligament in his thumb.  Phillips said he’ll have a better idea on Thursday as to whether Keenum can play.

While Schaub and Keenum have indeed played “a whole lot,” they haven’t played well.  Why not go with the guy who led the franchise to its first playoff win?

Regardless of who gets the nod, it’s safe to say the Texans won’t get another playoff win with any of their three current options at quarterback.

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4 Responses to “Phillips says Yates won’t start for Houston on Sunday”
  1. 6ball says: Dec 25, 2013 11:45 AM


    “why not go with the guy who gave you your first playoff win? ”

    Because you are a QB desperate franchise who could drop from 1st to 4th – 5th in next year’s draft with a victory. You also know that there are too many teams chasing too few QBs at the top of the draft.


  2. egomaniac247 says: Dec 25, 2013 12:03 PM

    They already know what they have in Yates, Keenum, and Schaub. There’s no mystery anymore.

    So you just go with the senior QB that had a very good career in Houston and give him a respectful last start to end his career in Houston.

    The end.

  3. steelgrave says: Dec 25, 2013 12:33 PM

    Let Schaub start, ensure one last loss for the Texans and tie up that first pick in the draft.

  4. htown1035 says: Dec 26, 2013 12:55 PM

    Schaub is gone after this season. Yates is gone as well. Keenum will be a backup next season. They need a QB more than anything.

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