Ryan Fitzpatrick wins Texans QB job ( Buzzy Says : There is something wrong with this )

Updated: June 17, 2014, 7:48 PM ET

By Tania Ganguli | ESPN.com

 Texans Name Fitzpatrick Starting QB
Tania Ganguli discusses what led to Ryan Fitzpatrick setting himself apart from the competition and being named starting QB for the Texans.HOUSTON — The competition is over. Ryan Fitzpatrick is the Texans’ starting quarterback.

Texans coach Bill O’Brien announced his decision to the team Tuesday morning and then at his news conference following Houston’s first day of mandatory minicamp.

As expected, wide receiver Andre Johnson did not attend Tuesday’s practice. Outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney returned to Houston for his rehabilitation after having sports hernia surgery Thursday. And with the starting competition finished, the Texans narrowed their field for their backup quarterback, too. Houston released quarterback T.J. Yates, sources said. Yates will have to go through the waiver system before becoming a free agent.

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O’Brien said he felt it was important for the team to know who its starting quarterback was heading into the mandatory portions of its offseason.

“He earned it,” O’Brien said. “He earned it with his preparation. He earned it with his accuracy.”

The Texans signed Fitzpatrick in free agency shortly before trading Matt Schaub to the Oakland Raiders. Last season, Schaub lost his starting spot to Case Keenum midway through the season.

 

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A former starter for the Buffalo Bills, the nine-year veteran started nine games last season for Tennessee after Jake Locker was injured. Fitzpatrick threw for 2,454 yards and 14 touchdowns last season.

“This is where I wanted to be,” Fitzpatrick said. “I wanted another shot at it. I wanted another chance to be the guy.”

O’Brien said this decision doesn’t mean that things can’t change as the year progresses.

“Everybody on our team every single day has to go out there and earn their spot on the team, earn their starting spot,” O’Brien said. “So quarterback is no different. We have confidence in his ability to lead our football team. He’s done a really good job in the offseason of picking up our system and he’s executed it well.”

Throughout voluntary minicamp and organized team activities, O’Brien maintained that the quarterback competition was wide open between Fitzpatrick, Keenum, Yates and rookie draft pick Tom Savage.

Fitz and the Tantrums?

Ryan Fitzpatrick has made 77 regular-season starts in the NFL. That’s the second-most without a postseason start among active QBs in the league. Here’s a look:

Player Starts
Jason Campbell 79
Ryan Fitzpatrick 77
Kyle Orton 70
— Elias Sports Bureau

 

“With all three of those guys we need just a little bit more consistency,” O’Brien said. “It has nothing to do with effort or work ethic. Those guys have all worked extremely hard. They’ve all done what we’ve asked them to do.”

During his news conference Tuesday afternoon, he gave no indication the team was about to release Yates.

The Texans drafted Yates in the fifth round in 2011. He was the starting quarterback in the Texans’ first playoff win as a franchise, when starter Schaub and backup Matt Leinart were both hurt.

Last season Yates won the backup job over Keenum, but threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown when he entered a game in relief of Schaub. After that game, Keenum, who had been inactive for every game prior, became the Texans’ starter. He showed promise early on but went 0-8 in that role

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23 Responses to “Ryan Fitzpatrick wins Texans QB job ( Buzzy Says : There is something wrong with this )”

  1. ck says:

    Yes, there is something wrong and eventually it will get fixed one way or another…just wait and see!!!

  2. kim henderson says:

    AFTER THEY NAMED HIM STARTER THEY LET TJ YATES GO HOW MANY QBSDO THE TEXANS KEEP DURING THE SEASON DOES ANY ONE THINK TIM TEBOW COULD IN UP IN AT THE TEXANS

  3. The Major says:

    Looks like Brandi is starting her own football league and will be targeting Tebow:

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-League/660135317404636

    • Brandi says:

      I had my own project coming together and couldn’t wait on others to make up their minds what they were going to do. So, yeah.

      • ck says:

        At least someone is garnering interest enough to “DO SOMETHING!” Seems like everyone is waiting for everyone else to do it and nothing is what is accomplished…sounds familiar!

        • Brandi says:

          In a way I had no choice CK…I told Y’all the A11FL will do it and well, they haven’t. I am absolutely not faulting them. If anyone thinks putting together a Football league is easy, especially one that really wants to be serious…not just Little League for Hobby Farmers.

          But after putting everyone through that, I pretty much had to go do it myself when it wasn’t unfolding. The least I had to do.

    • Lance says:

      Yes,The League, a league that should have existed before Tim left college and a league he deserves. One that exemplifies his moral standing and the values of all of us!!

      • ck says:

        Lance: True, enough!

      • Brandi says:

        It’s a long journey made of many steps Lance. There won’t even be a Season until late next Fall. There’s ALOT of Football between now and then.

        We’re going to bring in someone as League Formation Commissioner to hire the initial Coaches, put the structure in place and oversee selection of League Commissioner. The selection of that individual…the LFC…is critical. Tony Dungy would be our dream. But there’s no way of knowing if he’d even have the time if he had the interest. But we’re looking for someone that understands the importance of making absolutely certain the values and quality we hope will be established never get lost.

        So there’s a long road ahead before being at a point of being where we could say “Tim, is this a league you’d feel proud to say you played in?”

        I love the enthusiasm Lance. And every big journey begins with taking that first step. We have a whole bunch of them ahead of us.

  4. bubbaelvis says:

    I am really shocked Tim Tebow has not been picked up by anyone. His name has not even come up as a rumor. I however am still optimistic that he will get a shot. Texas is a possibility once they see they don’t have a legit winner at QB. I think the problem is no one sees Tebow as a sure thing starter and are afraid to bring him in as a backup. He still is going to be more popular then the majority of starters in the NFL. I do believe if he gets in the door he will start somewhere and will win. I get discouraged but remember when Steve Young was considered done after his time with Tampa Bay. We all know he was far from done. No one is driven to succeed like Tim. He will be an NFL QB again.

    • ck says:

      Bubbaelvis: “NO ONE IS DRIVEN LIKE TIM TO SUCCEED–HE WILL BE AN NFL QB AGAIN” AND THAT IS THE TRUTH!!!

    • kim henderson says:

      WHEN DO YOU THINK TIM TEBOW WILL LAND ON A NFL TEAM DO YOU BELEVE WHAT RICH EISEN GO AND SAY SOMETHING LIKE THAT HE DOESN EVEN LIKE TIM TEBOW THAT IS SO WRONG TO GET TIMS FANS EXCITED LIKE THAT. WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON THIS SITUATION.THANKS

      Buzzy Says : Bless You Kim

      • tawk2 says:

        I don’t know if what Rich Eisen said was true. I do remember last year it was so quiet and I thought Tim would never be picked up, then the Patriots did. They kept it very hush hush. So I guess we will have to wait and keep our fingers crossed that we hear something good soon.

  5. Bigfan says:

    Keep the prayers for Timmy to understand what God’s will is for him going forward. After all what we fans want does not matter.

    Good things are going to happen!

  6. Sage says:

    The nfl is simply not a competitive league. Any desire to win is tempered by a strong desire to conform and not be humliated on national TV. This is why the same old quarterbacks and coaches constantly get re-treaded.

    It’s a pitty for T.J. Yates. He, like Tebow, never failed in the nfl. As a rookie he won games, including a playoff game, and was not permitted to play again.

    The way bob mcnair fired coack Kubiak was low class. Just a month after Kubiak had a stroke, bob “Hyena” mcnair couldn’t say a kind word for the guy who turned the Texans fom laughing stock into a respected organization. Only games the texans ever won were with Kubiak, and this is likely to remain true for the coming season.

  7. andrea says:

    I agree with what Sage has written.

    • ck says:

      Andrea: I also agree w/Sage and hope/pray that T2 gets his legit. “CHANCE” FOR A CHANGE INSTEAD OF ALL THE SLIGHT OF HAND AND BACK ROOM POLITICAL GESTURES THAT ARE NOTHING MORE THAN PLACING OBSTACLES IN HIS PATH FOR WHICH HE HAPPENS TO OVERCOME BY NOTHING LESS THAN WINNING IN SPITE OF IT ALL…GUESS THE JEALOUSY KNOWS NO BOUNDS!!!:(

  8. Bigfan says:

    Yates was picked up by the Falcons.

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