Sage Would Like Chance to Start; Still Excited for 2008


Sage Rosenfels has arguably proven he’s a worthy starter in the NFL. The 2007 backup quarterback with a 4-1 starting record told the Houston Chronicle he’d like the chance to have his own team.

“I’d like to have a chance to be a starting quarterback in the NFL,” he said. “That’s the lifelong dream I have. I’m 30. Who knows how much longer you’re going to have? Hopefully, I have seven or eight more years, but that is the frustrating part of it. But again, I support Matt as much as any one else on this team.”

During this offseason, the Texans’ Rosenfels has been rumored with the Minnesota Vikings. Rosenfels would have been traded for a pick in April’s draft. The Vikings wanted Rosenfels to backup the Houston starter, Matt Schaub. But one must think Rosenfels would have proven himself a better quarterback than the Vikings starter QB Tarvaris Jackson.

Rosenfels told the Houston Chronicle he understands that he’s the Texans backup, and although he’s had an interesting offseason he’s excited for next year.

“It’s been an interesting offseason,” said Rosenfels. As a quarterback, you’d like to have a chance to make a team your own. And this is Matt’s team. And I understand that. There’s obviously some frustration there. But I’m excited for next year. I’m excited to get back to work, and I’m excited to have Kyle Shanahan as a coordinator, because I think he’s going to do a great job this year.”

In 2007, the Texans backup quarter back started five games and won four, defeating the Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos and Jacksonville Jaguars. Rosenfels filled in for Schaub for three games throwing six touchdowns while being sacked just once. He’s made a name for himself in Houston and in the NFL as a worthy backup in a West Coast offense that could fill in at any time if the starter goes down.

Gary Kubiak expressed his appreciation for what his backup quarterback brings to the team.

“You guys know I think the world of him,” Kubiak said. “He means a lot to this team. We’ve got a starting quarterback who has been hurt. We’ve said all along, the only way we would have entertained (a trade for Rosenfels) is if our football team was getting better. And that never took place. So I’m glad to see him back to work. He’s a big part of this team.”

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