"No quarterback has been better trained to succeed Matt Schaub than T.J. Yates. When Yates was at North Carolina, his offensive coordinator, John Shoop, ran an offense similar to the Texans’. When Yates studied NFL quarterbacks, he paid particularly close attention to Schaub. Then, about one week after the Texans drafted Yates in the fifth round, he flew to Houston and spent the next three months working out at Rice University with Schaub personally teaching him the Texans’ offense. Falcons coach Mike Smith had faced eight other NFL rookie quarterbacks and won all eight of those games. Yates ended that streak by helping lead Houston to a 17-10 victory. Now Yates, the Schaub-in-training quarterback, is close to becoming the first quarterback to lead the Texans into the playoffs."