The Houston Texans show a great deal of potential in 2013. QB Matt Schaub has to do better at closing the season out playing well late in meaningful games to earn the large contract extension he signed last year with the team.
The Texans started out the 2012 season at 11-1 and were in the driver’s seat for the one seed in the AFC and a first round playoff bye. Schaub’s play tanked late in the season and was a big reason for the team’s demise.
Schaub is owed over $7 million in 2013 with nothing guaranteed beyond that. If he looks to remain with the club, he has to prove he has what it takes to get the team over their late season playoff woes and make a legitimate run at making the AFC Championship game.
Houston fans are already growing tired of the big game struggles of the Texans, and there is talk about getting young backups TJ Yates and Case Keenum a shot with the team.
Schaub should get some help with the addition of rookie first round pick WR DeAndre Hopkins. He hasn’t gotten much help in the draft lately as Houston has picked extremely defense heavy in the past years with the addition of defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. Hopkins should be a welcomed new member of the offense.
Schaub has to step up and show that he’s worth big money in 2013, or he may very well see his position usurped by a younger QB.
He’s proved he has the talent necessary to command a Super Bowl contending football team, but now he has to show that the moment isn’t bigger than him and do it against elite competition in big spots.