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Thursday, July 24, 2008
Schaub confident in revamped run game

By Paul Kuharsky

Posted by's Paul Kuharsky
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 Matt Schaub says he loved what he saw in OTAs.

For the Texans to make a leap out of fourth place in the AFC South, they're going to have to run the ball better.

From the vantage point of quarterback Matt Schaub, they are certain to do so.

Schaub said he loved what he saw in OTAs as the offensive line worked in the zone-blocking scheme that made new assistant head coach/offense coach Alex Gibbs famous. Ahman Green is the starter, but camp could determine a lot about roles beyond that for Chris Taylor, also back from injury, as well as Darius Walker, veteran addition Chris Brown and rookie Steve Slaton.

Schaub said he believes those backs will prove interchangeable, and that simplification will be the key to an improved rush attack.

"If you really look at the offense as far as the running game, it's a very simplistic scheme," he said. "There are not many moving parts, there are not many assignments that are different across the board. It's just, 'learn your roles in what we're doing.' And a lot of the runs are just the same looking for the guys, they just have little nuances that make them different. So it cuts down on the complexity of the scheme and just... lets you play carefree football.

"I think if you look at the stable of running backs we've got, they are five guys that are very similar, that have a true feel for the system, they can make that one cut, get downhill, run hard, can make yards after that first contact. The first guy is very rarely going to bring down any one of these guys down. We've got a good mix of veteran guys with power and some younger guys with a little bit more burst, a little bit more versatility to get the ball down hill and get more yards for you."

The Texans start training camp practice Friday, like the rest of the division.

Your faithful blogger is in Terre Haute, Ind., with the Colts through Saturday and is scheduled to make a visit to Houston camp on Sunday and Monday.