Veteran Jake Delhomme Leads Texans Offense After T.J. Yates Injures Shoulder

Brett StephenAnalyst IIJanuary 1, 2012

HOUSTON, TX - January 01: Quarterback Jake Delhomme #17 of the Houston Texans completes a pass against the Tennessee Titans on January 1, 2012 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Titans won 23 to 22. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
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After starting quarterback T.J. Yates left the field following the first Texans’ possession with a separated shoulder, veteran Jake Delhomme—signed a month ago after the injury bug hit both Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart—came in and proved that he is still capable of leading the offense should the Texans need him this postseason.

Delhomme was limited in his play selection as he is still learning the offense, but he looked more comfortable than he has in the last couple of seasons.

He was 18-for-28 with a touchdown but actually played a lot better than the stats indicate.

Delhomme was running the offense with mostly reserve players around him, but even in his first couple of drives when starters were surrounding him, he wasn’t being helped much.

Third down passes were dropped by Kevin Walter, Jacoby Jones and Lawrence Vickers, all leading to punts.

Overall, Delhomme looked good for his first live action in over a year with his only negative play being a fumble.

As the Texans enter their first postseason, they can be comforted by the fact that if they need their reserve quarterback, there will be little to no drop-off in performance.

Delhomme has playoff and Super Bowl experience and besides his one blow up performance against the Cardinals in 2008 he has been one of the NFL’s best playoff quarterbacks.

After two rough seasons in 2009 and 2010, many people wrote off Delhomme as washed up but he seems to have regained his confidence and poise and looks ready to step in if needed.