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Should the Texans give the Dolphins a Call?

The Texans fell to 2-4 after getting crushed by the Rams yesterday. Don't be fooled, the Texans are a very good football team. Turnovers, mostly by quarterbacks Matt Schaub and T.J. Yates more specifically, are why this team has a losing record. What can the Texans do to get back on track?

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The Texans are a very well put together football team, lead on offense by Arian Foster and Andre Johnson. Their defense is also one of the best, lead by J.J. Watt, who has a PHD in getting to the quarterback.
The Texans offense is one that feeds off play action. Arian Foster, along with Ben Tate may be one of the best running back duos in the NFL. Houston has a very QB friendly system which may be how they could hide Schaub's flaws until now (editor's note: I don't think David Copperfield could hide Schaub's flaws right now. And yes, that was a David Copperfield reference. I'm getting old)

Matt Schaub and with T.J. Yates have thrown 11 interceptions through six games, with almost half of those were returned for touchdowns.

The Texans can still win games and even get a playoff spot, but they need a quarterback who can be a game manager. A rookie would probably have stats comparable to Yates, who still throws quite a bit of interceptions.

A veteran could come in, easily be able to pick up the system and probably be pretty successful.

One quarterback jumps out as a perfect option for the Texans, Matt Moore of the Miami Dolphins. Moore fits the mold perfectly, a game manager type like a Chad Pennington but with a stronger arm. Moore is arguably the best backup quarterback in the NFL.

Moore is very experienced and also a great locker room guy. It wouldn't be the first time Moore would step into a tough situation on a team with a losing record. Matt Moore took the starting job for Miami early in 2011 and played well, throwing 16 touchdowns to only 9 interceptions in 13 games, after starting 0-7, Moore made the team competitive finishing the season 6-3 (6-10 overall).

While this trade may not be a thought by either team, it's something to think about. If Matt Moore was to be traded to Houston, he could lead them to at least a chance wildcard spot.
Upgrading your quarterback position from "hopeless" to "competent" is enough when you have the amount of talent the Texans do.
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Seth Keysor
Oct 15 2013 03:26 PM

The more I think about this, the more the idea makes sense.  All the Texans need is a QB that won't shoot them in the foot.  Schaub's confidence is shattered.  I think he's done.


As a Chiefs fan, I'd be more scared of a Texans team led by Moore next week (even after just a week of practice) than with Schaub or Yates.

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Evan Massey
Oct 15 2013 05:13 PM

Moore is a very serviceable NFL starter, and I think the Texans would be wise to give the Dolphins a call to see what it would take to acquire him. My guess would be a 4th-5th round pick or something along those lines. They are a good enough team to make a run at the playoffs still, but they have to find a QB. Get the deal done. Good idea as well Jake, enjoyed the article.

Neal Driscoll
Oct 15 2013 09:19 PM

That trade makes a lot of sense. I think the big reason the Dolphins signed Matt Moore was as an insurance policy in case Ryan Tannehill fell on his face. Now that it seems that Tannehill is indeed the franchise quarterback going forward it would be wise for the Dolphins to move Matt Moore and his $2.5 million salary that escalates to $4 million in 2014. The Dolphins could spend that money more wisely like locking up extensions with Brent Grimes, Paul Soliai, or Randy Starks.


Moore could win in Houston now and with the Colts coming off a loss to the Chargers on Monday night combined with a showdown against the Broncos next Sunday night the Texans are not out of this by any stretch of the imagination.

Seth Keysor
Oct 16 2013 12:03 AM

Man, speaking with a few Texans fans on reddit, they take this idea extremely personally... Apparently TJ Yates is the answer?

Jake Mendel
Oct 16 2013 12:14 AM

Man, speaking with a few Texans fans on reddit, they take this idea extremely personally... Apparently TJ Yates is the answer?

really!?!?! Yates has done nothing to show he can lead a team
Jake Mendel
Oct 16 2013 12:30 AM
Reports spinning of Miami signing someone very soon, could Houston be involved!?
Joe Riollano
Oct 16 2013 01:54 AM

The idea is a sound one. Moore would could fit right in with the Houston offense. Being a Panther fan I was also a Matt Moore fan and I think he has some real upside. Clearly Matt Schaub is not the quarterback we have seen in years past and T J Yates is most effective holding a clip board. Surely Miami would have no problem letting Moore go, my concern is the money Moore would be owed next season. If Houston does make the move and Moore comes in and takes them to the playoffs, Houston will have a full blown quarterback controversy on their hands. Would make for a very interesting off season. 

Kenneth Goit
Oct 16 2013 02:53 AM

The Texans should sign Vince Young or Tim Tebow. They are both elite and just need somewhere to shine.


Ew. No. I think trading for Matt Moore could be a really good decision. I don't like it as a Titans fan, but I think it's definitely a good idea; however, I think if the Texans are going to get a new QB, they should get a young guy that they can use moving forward. Josh Freeman would have been signing, but they missed out on that.

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Seth Keysor
Oct 17 2013 12:19 AM

Yeah, I'm surprised they Texans didn't look to go to after Freeman.  Looks like they've got loyalty to Schaub.  Admirable, but not smart.

Mike Ferguson
Oct 17 2013 02:08 PM

Ya know, I think Yates is serviceable for Houston. He got them to the second round of the playoffs with Schaub hurt a few years ago. I really like having Matt Moore as Miami's backup. I thought that was the Dolphins' most underrated move of the offseason. I think he needs to stay especially with this offensive line. He came in last season against the Jets and got the job done. I have absolutely no faith in Pat Devlin as the backup. I don't think Houston has anything to offer that would help Miami right away (i.e. OL).

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