2010 Position Preview: Quarterbacks


The following article contains excerpts from the 2010 Houston Texans Yearbook, the Texans' official season preview magazine, that goes on sale July 30 at Texans Training Camp, presented by Comcast, and the Go Texan Store at Reliant Stadium.

Quarterback Who's here: Matt Schaub (starter), Dan Orlovsky, John David Booty

Who's new: Booty (free agent signing)

Who's gone: Rex Grossman (Washington Redskins)

Matt Schaub led the NFL in passing in 2009 with a team-record 4,770 yards, the sixth-most in a single season in NFL history. He had nine 300-yard passing games, tied for the second-highest total in history. He was fourth in the league in completion percentage (67.9), fifth in touchdown passes (29) and seventh in passer rating (98.6).

He did all that despite the Texans having the league's 30th-ranked running game, and despite playing much of the season without tight end Owen Daniels and both Week 1 starters at guard. Schaub made the Pro Bowl as an alternate, wound up starting the game and became the first Texans player to earn Pro Bowl MVP honors.

Last season was the first of Schaub's six-year career in which he started all 16 games. Injuries and illness forced him to miss 10 games from 2007-08, but he played through a sprained ankle early in the 2009 season as well as a separated left shoulder over the final four weeks.

"I think one of Matt's big underrated aspects is how tough he is," right tackle Eric Winston said. "The injuries he's had in the past are more than legitimate, and he's kind of gotten a bad rap for it. Last year, playing through a separated shoulder is not a surprise, because he's that kind of guy. He wants to be out there for the team."

Behind Schaub, Dan Orlovsky enters his second season with the Texans. The sixth-year veteran has taken more ownership of the offense this offseason after surprisingly being beaten out for the backup job by Rex Grossman in 2009.

Grossman is now with the Washington Redskins, and the Texans brought in former USC quarterback John David Booty in January for added depth. Booty, 25, beat out undrafted free agent Tyler Sheehan for a roster spot in OTAs and mini-camp. He was a fifth-round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2008 and finished last season on the Tennessee Titans' practice squad.

Spotlight on: Matt Schaub Coaches' commentary on a selected player at each position"One of Matt's best strengths is his decision-making ability, especially under pressure. He can think with a clear head when a lot of parts are moving around him, in two-minute drill situations as well as when teams are blitzing him. I also like the way he carries himself in that he has never let his emotions get too high or too low. He's very steady, and that transpires into a very good leader. He'll handle the good times and the bad times the same way."
- Quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp

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