Jake Delhomme: Texans Spurn Jeff Garcia, Ink Delhomme as Backup QB

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer INovember 29, 2011

CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 28:  Quarterback Jake Delhomme #17 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates after their game against the Carolina Panthers at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 28, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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After the Houston Texans lost starting quarterback Matt Schaub and backup Matt Leinart for the season, they were forced to make do with rookie T.J. Yates. Now, after contemplating between Jake Delhomme and Jeff Garcia, they've reportedly decided to sign Delhomme, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Delhomme, who made his name with the Carolina Panthers throwing the ball to Steve Smith, was last seen with the Cleveland Browns last season, where he threw two touchdowns to seven interceptions in five games.

In his last two seasons, Delhomme has thrown a combined 10 touchdowns to 25 interceptions, which ultimately led to him getting cut by the Panthers and Browns.

The fact that Delhomme will be backing up a fifth-round draft pick in his first season tells you the Texans were clearly searching at the bottom of the barrel. After all, they were also looking at the 41-year-old Garcia.

At this point, the Texans are in control of their own destiny. With a chance to win the AFC South for the first time in franchise history, they hold an 8-3 record and are two games ahead of the Tennessee Titans in the division.

But with Yates at quarterback, their five-game winning streak may come to an end as soon as this week against the 7-4 Atlanta Falcons. They also face the Cincinnati Bengals the following week and end up with the Titans.

There's still plenty of time for the Texans to lose the division—a division they seemed sure to capture just two weeks ago.

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