Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub has been under a bit of scrutiny this week, just in case you haven’t been paying attention — or if you recently moved to the United States, like, yesterday.
A costly interception in the fourth quarter was thrown by Schaub when many believe he should have just taken a sack. Instead, Schaub let it fly and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman read the play perfectly, picking it off and taking it back for the game-tying touchdown.
Ultimately, the Texans lost in overtime by a field goal.
Texans fans, analysts, experts, writers and who knows, maybe even distant relatives of Schaub, have been criticizing the quarterback for the single throw that changed the face of the game drastically. But, does Schaub deserve the blame for the loss?
In short: Absolutely not.
The Texans were held scoreless after halftime. Houston punted on six drives in the second half, meaning the offense as a whole did not get the job done. The defense also gave up a 98-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter — a defense that is supposed to be one of the NFL’s elite.
In the fourth quarter of a close game, a so-called elite defense gave up a 98-yard scoring drive. Yet, all we’re hearing about is Schaub’s interception this week. Why?
No one wants to put the blame anywhere else, because the quarterback is the easiest guy to blame. No one wants to talk about the fumble by Ben Tate or the four rushing plays in the second half that resulted in a loss of yardage. The offensive line looked bleak at times in the second half against Seattle’s pass rush.
But, of course, it’s easiest to blame Schaub.
Let me assure you, this is one game early on in the season and there is absolutely no reason to panic or call for Schaub’s job. There’s also no reason to talk about a potential firing of Gary Kubiak. Relax, people. These things happen. These games happen, even to the best teams out there. It’s only week five and there is plenty of time for Houston to figure things out.
So, quit with the blaming and look at the loss as a whole. If you want to blame anyone, blame the defense for the 98-yard drive given up in the fourth quarter. To me, that’s what really sticks out about the loss — not the interception.
Regardless, it’s time to move on and leave Schaub alone. End of story.