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Matt Schaub ELITE?? This status is getting much further than closer….

There are a few reasons why Matt Schaub has not and probably will not reach elite status. Regardless of what he has accomplished in previous seasons, Matt Schaub has regressed in his production and maturation as a quarterback. If the Texans don’t get to the Super bowl, this will be the primary reason for the collapse of an extremely talented team. There are a few reasons why Matt Schaub has not and probably will not reach elite status. Regardless of what he has accomplished in previous seasons, Matt Schaub has regressed in his production and maturation as a quarterback. If the Texans don’t get to the Super bowl, this will be the primary reason for the collapse of an extremely talented team.

Kubiak: Even if Schaub remained stagnant (and not regressing) in QB development in 2012, Kubiak has demonstrated he prefers to play a conservative brand of offense – THIS year. This hasn’t always been the case. Let us not forget, Kubiak was the offensive coordinator and play caller with John Elway as his quarterback. Although Terrell Davis was a stallion of a running back, Elway didn't sit on the ball with a 14 point cushion. He was still chunking it! Dating back to the Steve Slaton days, Kubiak has always stated that he wants to have a solid running game. When the running game has stalled, Kubiak has challenged defenses with the strength of his quarterback’s arm. This hasn’t been the case in 2012. IS Kubiak protecting Schaub for some reason or does he just not trust Schaub’s arm or his skills between the ears to believe in the passing game (ie TJ Yates)? There were 43 rushing plays and 32 passing plays vs. the Vikings. Shouldn’t it be the other way around when you're down by 10-17 points?

Regression: For good reason, we have all blamed the offensive line for the lackluster performances this year. In review of the game against the Vikings, the line performed relatively well in protecting Matt Schaub. With the exception of 1 sack, Schaub was reasonably guarded on 31 passing attempts (I only noticed 2 hurries). SO WHY is there such a rush in getting these passes off? Schaub is focusing on his primary receiver and not giving his secondary or tertiary receivers a chance. On a reception to Owen Daniels (1st quarter, 3rd possession), OD was triple covered and crushed on the catch; leaving the field hurt. Fifteen yards down the field, Posey is wide open with the no one between him and the goal line. Some other examples:

  • First possession: 3rd and 10 – pass to Andre Johnson incomplete. Posey is open on an out pattern
  • Second possession: 3rd and 10 – pass to Andre Johnson for 6 yards. Graham is open down the right sideline
  • Flashback to Patriots game: Interception in the Patriot end zone. Arian Foster and Andre Johnson both open. Why are they open? Because Kevin Walter was double covered in the end zone. The secondary read Matt Schaub's eyes from the snap of the ball!

    A quote from an NFL.com analyst: "He stared down his receiver. He predetermined where he wanted to go with that football. Something we haven’t seen from Matt Schaub."

    This seems to be a trend that is spiraling out of control. This negatively affects the running game and the balance of the offense; which also keeps the defense on the field longer than necessary. If Schaub has another low performance on Sunday, it wont be because he didn't have enough time to throw the ball. It will be because he continues to force the ball to his primary receiver and everyone in the defensive secondary will know it. What is he afraid of? Why can't he be patient? What's the rush? Is this a physical or mental hinderance?

    Elite status is the least of Matt Schaub’s concerns. He could be the primary reason for another hopeful Houston team to crash.

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