The Houston Texans sit smack-dab in the middle of their potential championship window as summer 2013 approaches.
Coach Gary Kubiak is regarded as one of the better offensive minds in the business, but many still have reservations as to whether Matt Schaub can take them to the next level. It’s an extremely small sample size, but all we’ve seen from him in the postseason are the struggles in his two contests last January. Then there was that struggle under the big lights of Monday Night Football against the New England Patriots in mid-December.
However, it’s hard to bail on quarterback who’s been consistently above average since Houston traded for him prior to the 2007 NFL season, especially with how poor the quarterback market was this spring. There are also mitigating factors that you can point to in Schaub’s struggles against playoff-caliber defenses, most notably the perennial lack of a real threat at receiver outside of Andre Johnson.
The addition of receiver DeAndre Hopkins to pair with Johnson, Owen Daniels and Arian Foster — not to mention perhaps the league’s best left tackle in Duane Brown — give Schaub the array of riches he must capitalize on, or risk the Texans moving to find someone else to capitalize on these offensive weapons and stingy defensive unit.
The Hopkins pick pays heed to the precious championship window.
“He’s special,” Kubiak said, via the Houston Chronicle. “Ball skills are extremely special. Very long — long arms. Big hands — you saw the catch he made out here today. He’s going to help us early, and we know that. That’s why we brought him here. Right now, it’s really a matter of settling him down mentally and learning what he’s doing so all the skill keeps taking over where it’s not a bog-down process. It’s going to be a big six weeks for him.”