There is nobody that Houston Texans’ quarterback Matt Schaub can blame for his benching in favor of Case Keenum but himself. Anytime you set an NFL record for consecutive games throwing a ”pick six (four-straight games),” your playing life will fade to black. Schaub has made it clear that he is upset with Kubiak’s decision, but when you are one of the key reasons your team is struggling, can you truly expect your vent to be heard?
Being derailed by injuries is one thing, but being pushed aside because you are not living up to expectations is entirely different. Schaub signed a four-year, $62 million contract in the offseason, and when you are paid up the wazoo like that, you must play up to a desirable standard. Schaub has more interceptions than touchdowns this year (9 and 8, respectively), and has his worst QBR rating since joining the Texans in 2007.
Schaub has made his disdain known, succinctly stating his resentment for the decision to Brian Smith of the Houston Chronicle: “As a player and a competitor, I don’t like it.” Schaub went on to add his awareness of the situation, saying “I understand that I’m part of the reason we are in this position.” Schaub must get used to another position now, one that dictates his biggest responsibility lie in holding the clipboard.
Schaub is keeping his mind on the task at hand – competing against a very strong Indianapolis team in this week’s division showdown – stating that he is “focused on what we’ve got to do to beat Indianapolis this week and that’s all that we can worry about individually and as a team.”
Coach Kubiak backed his dethroned starter last week, imbuing Schaub with the confidence to win back his starting job. The ink in Schaub’s contract allows the Texans to cut him in the offseason to save $11 million. No disrespect to Schaub or the few left in Texas that still support him, but this could be the last we see of him in a Texans uniform.