Wednesday, October 9, 2013
QB Watch: Houston Texans' Matt Schaub
By Tania Ganguli
A weekly analysis of the Texans' quarterback play.
Rewind: After his first passing attempt on Sunday in San Francisco, Texans quarterback Matt Schaub became the first player in NFL history to throw a pick-six in four consecutive games. After a week spent putting his third pick-six behind him, Schaub didn't seem to recover from that first throw. He played three quarters and threw for 173 yards and two more interceptions before coach Gary Kubiak pulled him for backup T.J. Yates.
Fast-forward: Schaub's ability to recover takes center stage once again. It was a major topic last week and continues to be this week to a higher degree. While Schaub struggled toward the end of the Texans' Week 4 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, he struggled all game against San Francisco. Playing a less impressive St. Louis Rams team could be what he needs to stabilize.
Where is his head?: I've written before that Schaub has shown the ability in the past to do enough for the Texans to win. He did it this season, leading comebacks against the Chargers and Titans. That wasn't the case in his last game, but Kubiak should be watching Schaub's demeanor carefully this week. Has Schaub moved on?
Prediction: In the past three weeks, Schaub has faced the No. 2 (Seahawks) and No. 3 (49ers) pass defenses in the NFL. This week he'll face a Rams defense that ranks 17th against the pass. The Rams have allowed 11 passing touchdowns so far, more than San Francisco and Seattle combined. If Schaub can't get back on track against this defense, you have to wonder when, or if, he will.