Houston Texans sign veteran quarterback Jeff Garcia

Over the last few weeks, the Houston Texans season-outlook has drastically changed with all sorts of season-ending injuries hurting this team’s chances of making a deep run in the upcoming playoffs. With the Texans on the verge of winning the AFC South division title, Houston will make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, but their first playoff run will almost certainly be a short one with no viable quarterback under center.

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After quarterbacks Matt Schaub (foot) and Matt Leinart (collarbone) went down for the season, the Houston Texans were forced to turn to rookie T.J. Yates to shoulder the load under center and so far the results haven’t been all that promising despite the win over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13 (17-10). With Yates struggling to get this once potent offense back to form, the Texans have explored other options around the league as somewhat of an insurance policy for when the playoffs begin.

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Jeff Garcia signed by Houston Texans

In Week 14, the Houston Texans have a chance to clinch the AFC South division title with a win over the Cincinnati Bengals and a loss by the division rival Tennessee Titans. In all likelihood, the Titans will lose in Week 14 to the red-hot New Orleans Saints, but the Houston Texans have a tough challenge ahead of them in the form of the up-and-coming Cincinnati Bengals.

Fortunately, the Texans were able to get their hands on a veteran to fill the void as the backup quarterback to T.J. Yates in the form of Jake Delhomme. Even though Delhomme is a viable backup and might be just what this team needs to get back on track offensively, the Texans weren’t satisfied with one veteran as they have now also signed Jeff Garcia.

Despite not playing a single game since 2008, Garcia is a great veteran addition to this team and might be good enough to work up the depth chart and become the Houston Texans starting quarterback when the playoffs begin. At 41-years-old, Garcia is no longer a young buck and might not be able to be the player he once was, but I believe this was a smart move by the Texans as it gives them more than one or two options at quarterback.

There is still a chance that T.J. Yates can prove himself over the next few weeks of the regular season as the Houston Texans do have confidence in their rookie and love his poise in the pocket. This week will be a good test to see whether or not Yates can shoulder the load from here on out as the Texans will be going up against the tough Cincinnati Bengals defense that will be looking to get back on track after getting dominated by the arch division rival Pittsburgh Steelers last week (25-7).

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Anything can happen from here on out, but at least now the Texans can stop worrying about the quarterback position and whether or not they will be able to contend in the playoffs. These moves might end up not panning out, but they needed to be made.

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