49ers 34, Texans 3: Mad Matt Beyond Schauberdome

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What did we learn from the game?

There is very little accountability on this team. When Tate fumbles, he heads to the bench. Only after Schaub blunders his way to four straight weeks with pick sixes and then two additional interceptions in the last game does he get sat down. Even then, it could be argued it was simply sitting him in a blowout. Then there is special teams coach Joe Marciano. How he still has a job is one of the more baffling mysteries of the universe. If Leonard Nimoy still hosted In Search Of, this enigma would get as much run as the Loch Ness Monster or Area 51.

What do we never want to see/hear again?

If I never hear the term "pick six" associated with the Texans, it will be too soon. In four games, Schaub has thrown five touchdowns to his own players and FOUR TO THE OTHER TEAM. It would be pathetic if it weren't so depressing.

Key Moment of the Game

On the third play from scrimmage, Matt Schaub threw an short out route to Andre Johnson. Backup defensive back Tramaine Brock jumped the predictable route and strolled into the end zone for a touchdown. It was downhill from there.

Game Balls: JJ Watt

Seriously, could this guy be any better? He was all over the field and just brutal against the run. If there is a better defensive player in the league, I'd like to know who it is. If there is a better PLAYER in the NFL, let me know that too.

Arian Foster

For the second straight game, Foster looked like the guy who blew us all away two seasons ago. He is hitting the hole with speed and aggression. Had the Texans not fallen in a 21-0 hole, he could have run for 150-plus yards.

Goat of the Week: Gary Kubiak

At this point, there is no point in piling on Schaub any more. Kubiak's insistence on keeping him in the game was not only bad for the team, but horrible for Schaub. He also continued to call pass plays that put Schaub in difficult situations throughout the game. It was irresponsible and indefensible. I'm beginning to wonder if Kubiak is the most stubborn person on the planet or just not very bright.

Random thought of the week:

As I was watching the game, I began to think, "And we thought the Astros were tough to watch." There is something about a team this good that plays this bad to make me think it would be easier on everyone if they just plain sucked. If nothing else, they would guarantee themselves a higher draft pick so they could get a quarterback.

Next Up: Home for St. Louis

Their third straight week against an NFC West team brings at least a bit of a break. The Rams are pretty awful, which MIGHT allow Houston to get back on track, particularly on their home turf. But the question remains: who will be the QB? Stay tuned.

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Ed Reed is The Carlos Lee of the Texans, thankfully his contract isn't as crippling.  OLD, past his prim vet getting by on name only.

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ppl need to boycott the next few home. games and just stay home


Kubiak is in full bunker mentality.  Much like poor old Tom Landry with the QB controversy between Gary Hogaboom and Danny White, Landry only benched the ineffective White out of desperation but was relieved by the injury suffered by Gary to be able to reinstate the floundering White.  When a coach emotionally invests in a player, the blinders go on and the commonsense goes off.  Right now it's like having Marty Schottenheimer and Bernie Kosar in town.  While some will scream for McNair to fire Kubiak, all that would do is open the door to having Wade Phillips promoted.  That would thrill old Bum Phillips fans, but wouldn't do anything to help the Texans given Wade's performance as head coach at each of his stops in the NFL.  Hopefully McNair fires Kubiak at the end of the season along with Ric Smith and brings in real talent in football management.

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@Puller58 Oddly, I don't really have an issue with Rick Smith at the moment. Other than not drafting an heir apparent to Schaub (and that may have not been a decision he COULD make), his record is solid. Like most GMs, he's made blunders and he's had successes. But he's been more on the plus than the minus side of that equation.


@jeffbalke @Puller58 My feeling is that if Smith can come up with a good case for McNair on how he'd "right the ship", fine.  I just found his comment at the beginning of the season about Schaub needing to play better akin to "Hey, I like MY job!"  But in any case, this should be the finale for the Kubiak experiment.  He can go work for Shanahan again. 

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