The Houston Texans got off to a great start and controlled its own destiny in the last two weeks to secure the top seed in the AFC. However, the Texans lost consecutive games to the Minnesota Vikings at home and the Indianapolis Colts to close out the season and fell to the third seed.
With talented offensive players like running back Arian Foster and wide receiver Andre Johnson and defensive stud JJ Watt, the Texans had a disappointing end to their 2012 campaign. But is the issue Matt Schaub? Is he the quarterback to take this team to the next level? There certainly is an issue and Schaub may be the guy most responsible for these concerns. While his numbers are always solid, is it his inability to make the big throw or a bad decision late in games that costs the Texans? Or does he play things too safe and not take chances, despite having some real playmakers up and down the roster?
Regardless of the answer, the bottom line is that the Texans crapped out too early. The shelf-life for this team is getting shorter and shorter, and with the ever-evolving NFL, the Texans may find their window closing quickly. Schaub may just not be the answer. While it doesn’t mean he’s a terrible quarterback, it might mean he’s just not the guy for the job. If that’s the case, the Texans better find a quarterback quickly.
2013 will be a make-or-break year for the Texans. If this team has any hopes of winning a Super Bowl, it will happen next season–or we’ll be having this same conversation again this time next year.