Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 1/26/13
Houston-texans
After suffering a bad loss to the hands of Tom Brady and the Patriots the Texans are now back in a familiar place, out of the playoffs and wondering what went wrong. The Texans set their expectations for the season pretty high this year basically saying it was a Super Bowl or bust team. Now after falling short of the goal of the Lombardi trophy the Texans must look to learn from this years disappointments, and turn that into success. Many fans are blaming Texans QB Matt Schaub for the loss, saying he’s just not good enough. Schaub had a good year by anyone’s standards, and though he did struggle at times he was able to guide the Texans to the league’s second best record at 12-4 in the regular season. While Matt Schaub did struggle at points during the season, he did lead the Texans to the franchises first 12 win season. Playing defense and running the ball get you to the Super Bowl, and the Texans are very close to being the league at both. The coaching staff in place in Houston have confidence that their players can get them there. That would include QB Matt Schaub. Schaub’s one of the the best play action QB’s in the league from under center. Hard to argue that, and he compliments this offense. They just need to keep at it, and play their style of football because it’s been proven to win games. The Texans owned the best best average time of possession per game in the league. They were also 8th in the league in rushing yards per game. The Texans offense is predicated on running the ball effectively and using Schaub’s ability to play action and bootleg outside the pocket. In 13 of the 18 games that the Texans played this year it worked, and if they could’ve found their stride at the right point of the season, and secure the #1 seed they might be in the Super Bowl. The key to the getting to the Super Bowl is hitting the playoffs in stride, and match ups. The Patriots defense is built to beat us, their LB’s are really smart and maintain their lanes. That’s why the Texans offense had a hard time getting going against them in both games. The zone scheme only works of the defense gets flowing one way, and the Patriots LB’s never were. That’s was the biggest issue in both games against the Patriots, not the play of Matt Schaub. Texans QB Matt Schaub was constantly under fire in both games against the Patriots. Schaub said this about the critics who blame him for the Texans loss: “It comes with the territory, you just look to get better and improve and next year.” After sitting out the Texans first playoff run do to injury and this years ending so  bitterly I’d say Schaub will be more than motivated to take this team back to the playoffs and hopefully to a Super Bowl. This was Schaub’s first time playing in the post season and he made mistakes. Until he takes the Texans to the Super Bowl he will get the majority of the blame along with HC Gary Kubiak, that’s the nature of the beast in the NFL. The honest truth of it is that there isn’t another QB in football more suited to be in this offense.
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