The Matt Schaub Jersey Barbecue


In the superhero movie that is the NFL season, Schaub's one of those cops on the street, fighting the good fight with a pistol and taser while Rodgers, Manning, and even Wilson at key times on Sunday, are frying up bad guys with lasers from their eyeballs.

In today's NFL, you need a superhero who takes those half dozen or so plays where their powers are necessary and makes them the difference between winning and losing.

Because here's the thing on Schaub -- if a Texans' passing play gets executed perfectly on all levels, the line blocks it right, the primary receivers run their routes and get comfortably open, Schaub (like dozens of others) can hit wide open guys.

However, if there is one glitch in the plan -- pressure up front, tight coverage, wrong route -- it is a stone cold lock that the result will be a sack, a forced throw, an intentional throwaway, or (all too often lately) a back breaking mistake. Because the robotic, methodical Schaub is incapable of improvisation, physically for sure and, it appears oftentimes, mentally as well.

That's how plays like the soul crusher on Sunday, the 58 yard interception return for a touchdown by Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman late in the game, happen. Schaub keeps running the play as its drawn up even in the face of a blitzing linebacker and tight coverage on Owen Daniels. There was nothing happening on that play as it unfolded that said throwing it to Daniels was a good idea.

Yet Schaub did it anyway.

Truth be told, Kubiak is accurate in his scathing self-assessment in one respect -- throwing the ball there was the incorrect call. There are times where Kubiak should be more aggressive. Up seven points, 3rd and 4 at Seattle's 40 yard line with three minutes to go in a game that your defense is dominating is not one of those times.

That said, for Kubiak to take the blame for Schaub's insanely poor decision on the throw is silly. Did Kubiak call the wrong play? Probably. Did Kubiak put Schaub in a "bad situation"? No. Schaub screwed Schaub. Kubiak taking the brunt is like a parent blaming himself for their kid getting a speeding ticket because he bought the kid a car.

Matt Schaub can do nothing off schedule, and with an offensive line that is banged up in spots and not very good in others, that will be the kiss of death for the Texans. The overly conservative head coach has hitched his wagon to a null set at quarterback, a null set who is now prone to game changing mistakes every week, and together the two of them have chained the elite defense and what's left of Andre Johnson's career to their legs for a ride to nowhere on the ShitBird Express.

Next stop, San Francisco.

Listen to Sean Pendergast on 1560 Yahoo! Sports Radio from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and nationally on the Yahoo! Sports Radio network Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon CST. Also, follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/SeanCablinasian.


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kevinosborne_99
kevinosborne_99

I'm  a Seattle fan viewing websites to see Houston's reaction to a game that the Hawks were very lucky to win.

And I find that I would be very happy to never find myself on the wrong end of Mr. Pendergast's pen. If he is always this good, you must have fun reading around here.

Good luck the rest of the season, hope to see you in the Super Bowl if J.J. Watt slips on the sidewalk and breaks his leg the week before.

joasis1
joasis1

Why is everybody so down on Schaub all of a sudden. He's not doing a single thing differently than he has for the last seven seasons. If you remember, he was hired for his golf game by Kubiak, so what did you expect?

i've been labeled a hater, probably rightfully so, for pointing this stuff out ever since he arrived, but now it looks like everybody else is on MY page.

i'll take your apologies now.

Michael Terry
Michael Terry

Kubiak will change the play with 5 seconds on the play clock and you can see the wtf look in schaubs face. When he threw that pick 6 that is exactly what happened. Schaub had to run half wAy to the sideline and then had no time to setup the play that kubiak called. Burn kubiaks hair!

BobbyFreshpants
BobbyFreshpants topcommenter

The Texas Rugby season is about to start. Could always support the local team, Houston Athletic Rugby Club (HARC)

wcvemail
wcvemail

Dang, Sean, that's a tough (but true) Monday morning sermon. That's the hardest language you've ever used on Schaub, I believe, and you made your point well enough that it's not just piling on.

nick5454
nick5454

It's all schaub, kubiak didn't hold hand to throw it.

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