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Houston Texans Sign Aging Jeff Garcia to Replace Released QB Kellen Clemens

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 03: Quarterback  Jeff Garcia #7 of the Oakland Raiders calls a play during the game against the Seattle Seahawks on September 3, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Michael DixonAnalyst IIIDecember 6, 2011

The Houston Texans have brought in a former Pro Bowl quarterback. No, it's not Brett Favre or Donovan McNabb—it's Jeff Garcia.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle is reporting that the Texans are going to sign Garcia, likely to be the team's third-string quarterback. 

After playing in the UFL last year, Garcia has been inactive for the entire 2011 season.

This isn't a bad move for the Texans. Behind T.J. Yates, they now have two veteran quarterbacks in Garcia and Jake Delhomme.

Frankly, their chances at doing anything significant in the playoffs took a huge hit with the loss of Matt Schaub. Their schedule is favorable coming in so they will hold their division lead and may well earn a bye week, but this team won't have the offensive punch to beat teams like the Ravens, Steelers, Patriots, or even Raiders or Broncos in the playoffs. 

Garcia does nothing to change that, neither does Delhomme. 

So, it's not a bad move. That's not really a question. Garcia doesn't bring in a media circus the way someone like Favre would; so there's no harm in this. 

But just because it's not a harmful move doesn't mean it's going to be a good one. The fact is that this move is not going to help the Texans get any further in the playoffs. Their defense is stellar, but they won't do anything on offense. 

If Garcia steps in to start, he will be nothing more than a past-his-prime starter who hasn't played in the NFL in a long time. That's just not going to get it done against the AFC's best teams.

Bringing in Garcia is not a bad move, but that's a far cry from being a really good one.

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