To have written this the day after the Texans lost to the Vikings would have been unfair to the team. The anger that had taken the place of sensible thinking would have overridden anything rational thing that could be written. A three day moratorium on posts should be put in place to allow us to think before writing something that we regret later. So, with clear mind and thoughts, here we go.
It is quite possible that Sunday's game was the worst lose in the Texans history. Losing to Green bay and New England could be chalked up to learning how to win and how to be an elite team. Both of the aforementioned teams have reached that pinnacle, the Texans are striving to get there. But to lose to the Vikings shows that it is possible that the Texans are not as close to the lofty status of the elites as we had hoped they were. Between poor quarterback play, poor offensive line play and bad play calling we have seen this team deteriorate over that last five weeks. Maybe it's the stress of seeing the goal and trying to get there too quickly? No one can truly be sure. But the fact is this, if things do not change quickly we will experience another off-season full of "what if's" shortly after the first playoff game. Schaub and Kubiak really need to be the leaders of the much needed turn around.
Matt Schaub is a good quarterback. Please notice I said "good". The NFL is full of "good" quarterbacks. There are only a handful of elite quarterbacks. Brady, Manning, Rodgers, Brees and Roethlisberger (when healthy) have the ability to carry a team. Matt Ryan appears to be the up and comer to this list. Schaub is a good second tier QB but he does not (appear) to have the ability to carry a team. He needs several pieces around him to succeed. Most importantly, the offensive line needs to be very good. The Texans line was compromised by bad management at the beginning of the season. This has also affected the effectiveness of Arian Foster as well as the effectiveness of the play action part of the offense itself. The line has had it's good moments, but great teams who almost always have a great coach, will exploit weaknesses. Is Schaub good enough to get the Texans to the playoffs? Yes, but not without a lot of help. Coaching has not been able to provide any help.
Gary Kubiak has not had a good season at all. We hear week after week, by his own admission, that the play calling was not good. He will always come back to, "but we have to execute". Well Gary; if the play that is called is bad, how do you expect the team to execute. Fans are weary of, "we have to get past this and get better". We hear you Gary, but we just don't see you getting better. Not the play or the players Gary...YOU! When will you get better.
As much as we all would love to see the Texans go deep into the playoffs and possibly host the AFC Championship, it appears to be unlikely. It's not just the Minnesota loss. It's the last five weeks that make this evident. Hopefully the team will turn it all around and play like they did in week 7 (Baltimore) instead of the way they played in week 16. If not......maybe some big changes are warranted.