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Saturday, September 5, 2009
Texans have to keep Grossman, don't they?

By Paul Kuharsky

Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

The Texans are a patient team, and all indications from them have been they like Dan Orlovsky and believe he can develop into a solid system fit as Matt Schaub’s backup.

But because their starter has a tendency to miss games -- cheap shots at the root of the problem or not -- their backup spot is extra important.

It’s why they need to keep three quarterbacks. Early on if they’ve got to fill in for Schaub, it sure looks like Rex Grossman (passer rating in a meaningless game in Tampa: 139.8) would be better equipped to play than Orlovsky. Grossman was assertive and confident in what I saw of the Texans preseason finale, his first work after a hamstring injury suffered in the preseason opener.

Orlovsky, who appears clumsy at times, is still clearly sorting things out, breaking old habits and purging himself of the Detroit experience. (Passer rating in Tampa: 52.4.) It’s understandable that he needs more time.

While he gets it, Grossman’s got to be part of the plan, I think.

A few other thoughts on the Texans’ finale, a 27-20 win over the Bucs, as they prepare to make cuts: