Just like the Colts had to find a way to move on after Peyton Manning, the Houston Texans will have to one day move on after Matt Schaub decides to call it a day. When that day comes the brain trust in Houston will have to decides who the best man for the job of leading the team will be.
After last season's playoff push, the popular choice would be T.J. Yates. After all, he did lead the team to its first playoff victory and had them in the hunt against the Baltimore Ravens for their second. However, he could also be cited as the reason they lost that game with a few bad choices towards the end of the game.
In all fairness though, he was a rookie that was thrust into a pretty tough situation. It wasn't as if the team asked much of them in the few weeks where he was lining up behind center. He ended up throwing a lot against Cincinnati and Carolina, but that was because the team was behind and had no choice.
Have we seen what he can really do? Probably not. Does that mean he gets to assume the position of leader in waiting? Not when you have the NCAA career passing record holder in hometown hero Case Keenum from the University of Houston (Cougars).
Those that are aware of their Houston history are likely thinking this notion is crazy. Andre Ware was a gunslinger and flopped in the NFL. David Klinger was as well; he too had minimal success. Kevin Kolb looked good for two spot games a couple of seasons ago, but since becoming a starter he's fizzled as well.
The guys in Houston, whoever they end up being, seem to have a knack for finding guys that can rack up the yards, but none have been able to transfer those abilities into the NFL. An argument could be made that the other guys didn't have a whole lot to work with (Ware never really had a great shot with the Lions who featured Barry Sanders at the time; Klinger had a crappy team; Kolb has Fitzgerald in Arizona, but since he's double and triple covered most of the time that doesn't matter).
The Texans were gunslingers at one time, but with the emergence of one nasty running game the need is not there anymore. They are a team with talent, although not much at the wide receiver spot (unless the draft picks work out; with the exception of Andre Johnson of course).
Should Keenum get the chance with the current group than he would get an honest shot. The talent is solid all around with good blocking and a strong running game--a quarterbacks' two best friends. Although I'd love to call him the future of the Texans, I just can't with the history that Houston Cougar QBs have had in the NFL.