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Texans' weak link? Their Pro Bowl QB

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08:03 AM ET 01.02 | After a dozen games, Houston sat at a sparkling 11-1 -- a slate now muddied by a 1-3 month, and their quarterback is taking the heat. Somehow, Texans quarterback Matt Schaub scored a contract extension early in the season. Somehow, he landed in the Pro Bowl above Andrew Luck, who had much less around him on both sides of the ball. Somehow, the Texans will have to try to win one or more playoff games with Schaub as their quarterback. ... [In] eight quarters of action on which the No. 1 seed in the AFC was riding, Schaub threw a grand total of zero touchdown passes. His passer rating against the Vikings in Week 16 was a measly 72.1, which actually looks good in comparison to the 66.3 generated against the Colts in Week 17.

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January 2, 2013  08:06 AM ET

One and done. It's been real. Real disappointing.

January 2, 2013  08:29 AM ET

In the AFC, I'd take Brady, Manning, Rothlisberger, Rivers, Luck, Flacco and Dalton before Schaub.

January 2, 2013  08:42 AM ET

He's another Joe Flacco.

January 2, 2013  08:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He's another Joe Flacco.

Trade unis and you wouldn't see a difference.

January 2, 2013  09:33 AM ET

There is just something fundamentally wrong with the Texans. They've started out great every season, faded badly down the stretch, and then go out with a whimper. If they really do go one and done in the playoffs, I think Kubiak is going into an ultimatum type year next year: win it all or go home.

January 2, 2013  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He's another Joe Flacco.

Very good analogy. If the Texans make it to the SB, it will be on the rush of Watt and the legs of Foster, not on the arm of Schaub.

January 2, 2013  10:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

If the Texans make it to the SB, it will be on the rush of Watt and the legs of Foster, not on the arm of Schaub.

I doubt they would get past NE or Denver.

January 2, 2013  10:42 AM ET

The Texans ran up against a hot and desperate team in Minnesota in week 16 and in week 17 against the young Colts. I believe they will survive Saturday and the next week it will be up to 99 and the the running back to continue on in the playoffs.

January 2, 2013  10:45 AM ET

The Texans miss Brian Cushing.


They miss him badly...

January 2, 2013  11:07 AM ET

Going to be interesting to see if they can raise the level of their Game? We Shall see! I like Luck, he's got nothing to lose and all to gain!

January 2, 2013  11:29 AM ET

Wasn't there talk earlier in the season of Schaub, Rothlisberger, Rivers and Manning (Eli) now being the best quarterback draft of all time?

January 2, 2013  11:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He's another Joe Flacco.

Joe Flacco has played 5 Seasons in the NFL, all he did was make the playoffs every year, that's impressive!!

January 2, 2013  12:22 PM ET

I'm a Texans fan and always considered Schaub an average plus quarterback. He benefits from a strong run game which greatly helps the play action pass game that Houston played so well n the first half of the season. It seems as if the Texans have been relying on his passing more in the last few games at the expense of the running game. I'd like them to re-emphasize their run game as the priority and then the passing game will improve. If their offense keeps going like it has in the past several weeks they may win one playoff game; but that's it.

January 2, 2013  12:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I doubt they would get past NE or Denver.

+1

Anything that doesn't involve homefield advantage is out of their reach at this point.

January 2, 2013  02:16 PM ET

Posers

January 2, 2013  02:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Joe Flacco has played 5 Seasons in the NFL, all he did was make the playoffs every year, that's impressive!!

They probably would have without him at QB as well. Afterall, they did win a SB with Trent Dilfer.

January 2, 2013  02:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Joe Flacco has played 5 Seasons in the NFL, all he did was make the playoffs every year, that's impressive!!

True.

January 2, 2013  02:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Going to be interesting to see if they can raise the level of their Game? We Shall see! I like Luck, he's got nothing to lose and all to gain!

I like Indy as well. There is some serious karma there. Pagano, Arians (who should be coach of the year IMHO) and a guy named Luck with a horseshoe on his helmet. You can't make this stuff up.

January 2, 2013  04:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

They probably would have without him at QB as well. Afterall, they did win a SB with Trent Dilfer.

I was trying to compare Schaub to Flacco who each year he's been the league, has made and won a game the playoffs, Schaub has not accomplished that. For you information, after they won The Super Bow, in the next seven years, they made the playoffs 3 Times, with whoever at Quarterback, the fact of the matter is, they drafted a kid out of Delaware and he has put them in the playoffs every year, so give the man the credit that he's due 5 out of 5 Seasons in the Playoffs, is a lot better than 3 out of 7 seasons, Now for your penance say 10 Hail Mary's!!!

 
January 2, 2013  04:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Now for your penance say 10 Hail Mary's!!!

For what? Telling it like it is?

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