It has long been known that Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak is a staunch supporter of starting QB Matt Schaub. Kubiak is a Schaub apologist, repeatedly accepting the majority of the blame for his QB’s slew of mistakes.
Kubiak’s attitude a day after the Sunday night loss to the San Francisco 49ers in which Schaub set an NFL record for consecutive games with an interception returned for a touchdown (4) is beginning to sound like a broken record.
Houston fell 31-3 in the Bay Area, Schaub threw three interceptions and the Texans are only a few more losses away from falling out of realistic contention to win the AFC South.
The Texans are two games back of the Indianapolis Colts (4-1) through Week 5 and need to consider a change at quarterback with the season already circling the drain.
A day after the loss, Kubiak discussed whether Matt Schaub will be starting in Week 6 against the visiting St. Louis Rams with the team website saying:
“Yeah, he is. Like everything I do, I’m sitting here today and obviously we got home very early in the morning, I’m in an evaluation stage right now, today and tomorrow. I’m trying to figure out what’s the best way for us to go be successful this weekend. Every player is a part of the evaluation, and our quarterback is too. But yes, he is our quarterback.”
The question of who would replace Schaub at QB (the Texans carry three quarterbacks) is a difficult one, as TJ Yates and Case Keenum both impressed during the preseason.
Regardless of who gets the starting nod, changes need to be made immediately. Schaub hasn’t simply been bad, he’s been historically bad, and he looks completely lost when it comes to running the Houston offense.
It’s hard to tell if his deficiencies are mental or physical — the answer is very likely a combination of the two. His decision making has been suspect and his always questionable arm-strength has caused serious problems.
If Kubiak doesn’t consider a QB change soon, he could find himself on an awfully hot seat in a flash.