Fans of the Houston Texans should certainly pay attention to what coach Gary Kubiak has to say in his press conference after the team returns to practice on Wednesday. The talk of the town has centered on who should start at QB on Sunday as the Texans host the visiting St. Louis Rams.
The quiet rumblings exploded after the debacle that was a 31-3 loss to the San Fransisco 49ers on national television Sunday night. Starting QB Matt Schaub opened the game with his first pass intercepted and returned for a touchdown. The pick-six set an NFL record, his fourth in as many games.
His awful start to the 2013 campaign extends beyond the pick-sixes; Schaub has thrown nine total INT’s and only eight TD’s. He’s averaging just 6.4 yards per attempt, close to worst in the NFL and an indication of a lack of shots taken down-the-field. The INT’s have been even more costly, given the majority have been on short routes, not shots down field.
Kubiak admitted that he and his coaching staff were in a mode of “evaluation,” and that this extends to the entire team, but has been largely interpreted as the Texans considering a change at QB.
And they should. The Texans entered the 2013 season Super Bowl hopefuls, and are only a couple losses away from falling from realistic playoff contention.
Houston and Kubiak have likely already made their decision, and we will get the first hint of who will be under center going forward on Wednesday as the team returns to practice. Will the Texans stick with Schaub, or move forward with either backup T.J. Yates or Case Keenum?
Either way, there is bound to be a ton of attention pinned to the decision, and even more criticism if things don’t turn around quickly.