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Rex Grossman (Getty Images)
Rex Grossman (Getty Images)
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Posted Jun 14, 2009
Charlie Bernstein


With the Texans in "win-now mode," and coach Kubiak’s job potentially on the line this season, a very motivated Rex Grossman could offer an insurance policy if Matt Schuab goes down with injury.

Earlier this offseason when the Texans dealt backup quarterback Sage Rosenfels to the Minnesota Vikings for a fourth-round draft pick, many wondered what the team would do to bolster the depth at the quarterback position. Although Rosenfels was certainly turnover prone, he was very skilled in Houston’s system, and the playbook didn’t change much when he was forced into action.

Houston then proceeded to sign former Detroit Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky and he was apparently granted the backup job.

"I make a commitment to our team that our quarterback is going to play good," Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said. "I want him to practice that way, and our expectations will be if something happens to (QB) Matt (Schaub) that he will go in there and play like a big time quarterback."

Although the young quarterback from Connecticut has the tools to be solid under center, he’s never been known as a "big time quarterback." With starting quarterback Matt Schaub’s injury history, as he’s yet to play a full 16-game season, the Texans are faced with a somewhat dicey situation at their most important position.

Houston had shown great interest in former first-round pick Rex Grossman, and he was signed last week. Grossman is trying to resurrect himself after a very inconsistent first five years in the league.

Grossman is strong-armed passer who has a tendency to make mental errors, but he has a Super Bowl start on his resume. Although Rex is far from a sure thing in any regard, he is a player who has played on the biggest stage in sports. His 70.2 career passer rating won’t force anyone to say "wow," but Grossman does offer experience at a position where the team has some questions.

“I’m going to be a good soldier, but at the same time, I am going to compete and do the best I can,” Grossman said. “They’ve got their starter and they brought in Dan Orlovsky. I am just going to get in the mix and see where I fit in.”



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