5 Reasons Why Houston Texans Shouldn’t Cut Matt Schaub
5 Reasons Matt Schaub Should Stay A Texan
Houston Texans fans were understandably upset with their team after their 30-9 loss to the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday. The offense looked out of sync, the play calling was terrible, the Texans were shut out in the second half, the special teams allowed a return for a touchdown and the team broke the franchise record for most penalties in a game.
Though the blame rests with most of the team (Randy Bullock did have a great performance, making all three of his field goals after starting 1-for-5), Texans fans once again lashed out at Matt Schaub. He certainly deserves some of the blame, completing 25 of his 35 passes for 194 yards and an interception. That interception once again turned into a pick-six, the third Schaub has thrown in three games.
But the call to cut Schaub is extremely premature (and a bit immature as well). Let's travel back to the days of David Carr, shall we? In his five seasons with the Texans, Carr never had a season where he threw more touchdowns than he turned the ball over. His Houston career touchdown-to-turnover record is 59-105. In other words, for every touchdown Carr threw, there were 1.78 turnovers. He only broke the 3,000-yard passing plateau once, and the Texans didn't win more than seven games any of those seasons.
Schaub took over for Carr in 2007, and promptly proceeded to kick his butt statistically. He's won at least eight games every season except 2010, has a 120-93 touchdown-to-turnover ratio, has thrown for over 4,000 yards three times, and is generally just a stronger leader. So just keep in mind that things could be much worse for the Texans. After all, Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow could be the team's starting quarterback.
Here's five reasons why the Texans would be incredibly stupid to get rid of Schaub.
5. He's Better Than Anyone in Free Agency
If the Texans were to cut Matt Schaub, who would they pick up to replace him?
The current free agency crop of quarterbacks isn't too impressive: Byron Leftwich, Matt Leinart, Brady Quinn, Vince Young, John Skelton, Tyler Thigpen, David Carr, Dennis Dixon and Jimmy Clausen. Young is the only semi-impressive name available, but I'd still take Schaub over him. It would certainly be ironic if Young ended up with the team though, as Texans fans wanted him all the way back in the 2006 draft.
What about a trade scenario? Schaub isn't good enough to swing a trade for a quarterback like Andrew Luck, Colin Kaepernick, Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan, Michael Vick, Russell Wilson or Robert Griffin III, and he's too valuable himself to trade him for the likes of Jake Locker, Terrelle Pryor, Geno Smith, Ryan Tannehill or Carson Palmer.
T.J. Yates is a great backup quarterback, as is Case Keenum, but I can't see either starting and succeeding, at least immediately. If the Texans want to "fix" their quarterback troubles, then they'll have to get a lot worse to get better.
4. Gary Kubiak and Rick Dennison Have This Offense Run First
Head coach Gary Kubiak and offensive coordinator Rick Dennison have made this team a run-first offense, which has really helped Schaub out in some areas, but has also hurt him in others. When a team has determined that they'll emphasize the run over the pass or the pass over the run, play callers will usually choose a play that fits their mentality on the first down, and then try something else on second or third down. For example, when the Texans had a first and goal on Sunday against the Ravens, they elected to run first. The run lost a yard, and then Schaub threw the ball to extremely well covered receivers in obvious pass situations.
Kubiak knows that the Texans need to do a better job on the play calling side if they want to win consistently.
3. Duane Brown's Injury Hamstringed the Offense
Duane Brown was hurt against the Tennessee Titans two Sundays ago, and did not travel with the team to Maryland due to a turf toe injury. He's currently listed as day-to-day, but the normal recovery time can vary greatly from just a few days to 3-6 weeks, depending on the grade of the sprain.
Brown's absence was very evident Sunday night as the Ravens recorded three sacks on Schaub, nine tackles for loss and seven QB hits. With Brown playing for the Texans (against arguably worse defenses, but still), the San Diego Chargers got just two sacks, one tackle for loss and six QB hits, while the Titans got two sacks, four tackles for loss and eight QB hits. Schaub got hit about the same, but there were significantly fewer tackles for loss in the Chargers and Titans games combined.
If Brown misses the upcoming game against the Seattle Seahawks, the Texans could be absolutely doomed. The Seahawks have arguably the best defense in the league, and definitely the best corner in the league in Richard Sherman.
2. His Receivers Have Been Hurt
Speaking of Sherman and the Seahawks' defense, another injury that could spell doomsday for the Texans this Sunday is Andre Johnson's shin bruise. There's not much confirmed or denied about his injury right now, but if Johnson does have to miss this game, then the passing attack will be even more anemic.
Lestar Jean was inactive against the Ravens, so there's a possibility that the Texans could face one of the best secondaries in the league with DeAndre Hopkins as their no. 1 option, with Keshawn Martin on the opposite side of the field and DeVier Posey as their backups or coming in as the third receiver in necessary. Owen Daniels is still healthy and is Schaub's second-favorite target, but losing two of your receivers going into a game like this is not good news for the Texans. If you're a praying man, pray fervently that they're not injured enough to require any games off. If you're not a praying man, then cross your fingers or something.
1. Matt Is Really Involved in His City
Schaub isn't just a quarterback for the Texans. He also is a leader in the Houston community, and a founding member (along with his wife) of the GR8 Hope Foundation. The foundation presented a $250,000 check to the Texas Children's Hospital West Campus on July 9, 2013, and continues to do fundraising and charity work for that hospital and the David and Mary Wolff Emergency Center.
A lot of athletes in the NFL are a little more self-absorbed than Schaub is. Just recently, former Texan and current Ravens player Jacoby Jones was injured by a stripper on the Ravens' "party bus", and Aldon Smith of the San Francisco 49ers was recently arrested on drunk driving charges last Friday.