The words some fans expected to hear and some fans dreaded to hear, Gary Kubiak announced today that Matt Schaub will remain the starting quarterback for this week’s affair against the St. Louis Rams.
On Monday, Kubiak told the media he would evaluate his options at quarterback. Kubiak opened up his press conference today saying, “It was a tough decision, real tough. But I feel like it was the best thing for our football team this weekend.” Rick Dennison the Texans Offensive Coordinator is 100 percent behind the decision. “When we make a decision, we stick behind it. We’re looking forward to going out and performing and doing much better.”
Starting Schaub will likely not come to the delight of home fans. Many were calling for T.J. Yates or Case Keenum to start Sunday’s game against the Rams. Yates won over fans with his performance in 2011 when Schaub went down for the season. Keenum attended University of Houston where he shattered many school records as well as some NCAA records. Neither were chosen for this week’s start and Reliant Stadium will likely let the Texans know their frustration with Schaub.
In five starts this year, Schaub has thrown for 1,386 yards, 8 TD’s, and 9 interceptions. Schaub was picked off three times in his last start against the 49’ers before being removed from the game in the 4th quarter. Schaub has thrown a pick-six in four consecutive games, and an interception in the Chargers game which was returned inside the five-yard line.
When Schaub spoke to the media today, he said he was never worried about being benched, adding, “I’m the quarterback of this team and I’m focused on winning.” When asked if his confidence has been affected Schaub responded, “Not one bit. I have supreme confidence in my ability.” Predictability has also been an issue with Schaub though he says the team is working on the issue. Schaub will have to be spot on this week when facing the Rams at Reliant Stadium.
The Rams defense has only had three interceptions this season, including one pick-six against the Jaguars this past week. Schaub needs to have a good game against a Rams passing defense that’s ranked 17th in the NFL. If Schaub struggles and can’t defeat the Rams, Kubiak will likely have no other choice but to choose his replacement for the following week against the Chiefs.