Originally Posted by asleep
So we signed the third string QB first .....
and now we're going to sign a better qualified backup QB?
The thinking, as far as I can tell, was/is as follows:
Schaub went down and the best qualified player to take his spot was Leinart.
The best qualified player to take the second string spot, recently left vacant by Leinart's ascension to the starting spot, was TJ Yates.
Then Leinart goes down.
Now the most qualified starter is not necessarily TJ Yates but he's all they've got for the moment. Yates is untested as a second stringer, and even less so as a starter, so he gets to take the reins as the starter but he has a very short leash.
Now they have to go out and find an old wily veteran who can easily take the second spot who is also capable of taking the reins as the starter if Yates starts to falter.
So Clemens was always going to be the scout team guy and there he stays.
I think it's possible Garcia wasn't offered a contract last week because the coaches and front office may have thought it would be an insult to him to offer him the third string spot.