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A History Of Starting Quarterbacks For The Houston Texans

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Before a new era begins with Brock Osweiler as the starting quarterback for the Houston Texans, let's review the previous signal-callers who bravely lined up under center in Deep Steel Blue. Join the conversation on Battle Red Blog.

2011 was the year.  If only...
2011 was the year. If only...
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The Houston Texans bet big on Brock Osweiler by signing the former Denver Broncos quarterback this offseason.  Many in the media would have you believe this was a mistake. After enduring a few seasons of incredible frustration thanks in large part to this critical role, Texans fans are hoping Brock will be the long-term franchise leader the team so desperately needs for the offense.

Before this new era begins, let's take a look back at former starting quarterbacks for a franchise that opened the doors in 2002.

Note: The number of games started is in parenthesis after the player's name.

Regular Season Games

REGULAR SEASON QUARTERBACK
2015 Brian Hoyer (9) / Ryan Mallett (4) / T.J. Yates (2) / Brandon Weeden (1)
2014 Ryan Fitzpatrick (12) / Ryan Mallett (2) / Case Keenum (2)
2013 Matt Schaub (8) / Case Keenum (8)
2012 Matt Schaub (16)
2011 Matt Schaub (10) / T. J. Yates (5) / Matt Leinart (1)
2010 Matt Schaub (16)
2009 Matt Schaub (16)
2008 Matt Schaub (11) / Sage Rosefels (5)
2007 Matt Schaub (11) / Sage Rosefels (5)
2006 David Carr (16)
2005 David Carr (16)
2004 David Carr (16)
2003 David Carr (11) / Tony Banks (3) / Dave Ragone (2)
2002 David Carr (16)

Playoff Games

POSTSEASON QUARTERBACK
2015 Brian Hoyer (0-1)
2012 Matt Schaub (1-1)
2011 T.J. Yates (1-1)

Summarized Results

QUARTERBACK SEASONS STARTS WINS LOSSES WIN %
Matt Schaub 2007–2013 88 46 42 52.30%
David Carr 2002–2006 75 22 53 29.30%
Ryan Fitzpatrick 2014 12 6 6 50.00%
Sage Rosenfels 2007–2008 10 6 4 60.00%
Case Keenum 2013–2014 10 2 8 20.00%
Brian Hoyer 2015 9 5 4 55.60%
T.J. Yates 2011, 2015 7 4 3 57.10%
Ryan Mallett 2014–2015 6 2 4 33.30%
Tony Banks 2003 3 2 1 66.70%
Dave Ragone 2003 2 0 2 0.00%
Matt Leinart 2011 1 1 0 100.00%
Brandon Weeden 2015 1 1 0 100.00%

Source of data: Wikipedia


Notable Points From This Time Capsule:

  • Brandon Weeden leading the team to its first-ever victory against the Colts in Indianapolis.
  • T.J. Yates being recognized as the Rookie of the Week by leading the team to a victory on the road against the Bengals and clinching a playoff berth.  A few weeks later, Yates helped the Texans win their inaugural playoff game against that same Bengals team.
  • Several years where Matt Schaub and the offense compensated for a sub-par defense.  If not for the season-ending injury against Tampa Bay in 2011, Schaub may have led the Texans to the Super Bowl that season.
  • David Carr guiding Houston to victory in the inaugural game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Feel free to share your memories, good and bad, in the comments below.