Matt Schaub is a Pro Bowl quarterback in 2012, but the much bigger question, particularly amid Houston’s anemic offensive output in the past three games, is: Can he be a Super Bowl QB?
There is plenty of blame to go around for Houston’s sudden slide. That the offensive line is sending three players to Hawaii is misleading — only two players on the entire offense, WR Andre Johnson and OLT Duane Brown — have played consistently in December, we hear.
The line isn’t blocking well enough. The running game isn’t popping consistently enough. The No. 2 WR spot continues to be in flux.
Head coach Gary Kubiak’s play-calling must improve. His tendency to throw on the first offensive series to get Schaub in a rhythm and wait until the second possession to begin establishing the run has led to a lot of 3-0 leads, but also 3rd-and-longs, where the Texans have been absolutely miserable of late.
Yet, in a QB-driven league, the biggest Texans critics look first at Schaub’s struggles.
Although he won’t admit it, he is pressing, we hear. And although the Texans want to grind the clock and be a time-of-possession football team, the offense must start with the quarterback.
The club that was brimming with confidence as it roared out to an 11-1 start has lost its edge, particularly on offense. Schaub played very well in those 12 games. He needs to be that guy again, when his team needs him most.