In this week’s edition of “I Hate Thursday” we recap the Houston Texans and their decision to say good-bye to T.J. Yates while giving Ryan Fitzpatrick the nod to become the team starter.
I did already have some form of a take on this yesterday, but I will try to explain more in-depth as to why this is a mistake.
First off, yes Yates wasn’t as good as advertised. In 2011, when he led the team to its first ever playoff win before bowing out in the AFC Divisional Round, his stats were not impressive. In six games he had just 949 passing yards and three touchdowns with three interceptions and four fumbles.
Yates did not have good stats, but what mattered was that he won games for the Texans as a rookie. Yates had seen very limited playing time in the past two seasons, coming on in relief for Matt Schaub for the most part. However, he’s still fairly young (27) and had more experience learning from the bench.
Texans management should have had more patience with him. But they let him go too soon.
Now Ryan Fitzpatrick, who hasn’t even played a down with this team, is being named the starting quarterback. Fitzpatrick has 93 interceptions and 31 fumbles in his career, which is simply unacceptable. The Texans quarterbacks threw 22 picks last year, and Fitzpatrick has not shown that he can cut down on the picks.
So the team traded the young T.J.Yates to the Atlanta Falcons who could have shined if he had the opportunity to try again and decided to move forward with a turnover-machine quarterback. I don’t have any confidence in Fitzpatrick, and I’m sure it’s hard for Texans fans to have much faith in him too.