Matt Schaub still Texans QB but Gary Kubiak evaluating

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Matt Schaub is still the starting quarterback of the Houston Texans. But head coach Gary Kubiak said he’s evaluating the team. And that includes his much-criticized quarterback. Kubiak seemingly left the door open. “Yeah, he is,” Kubiak said on Monday when asked if Schaub is still the starter. “Like everything I do, I’m sitting here today and obviously we got home very early in the morning, I’m in an evaluation stage right now, today and tomorrow. I’m trying to figure out what’s the best way for us to go be successful this weekend. Every player is a part of the evaluation, and our quarterback is too. But yes, he is our quarterback.”

Does that mean there might be a change coming? “It doesn’t mean anything,” Kubiak said. “It just means I’m evaluating our situation. We’re not playing well enough right now. I’m obviously very disappointed in turning the ball over and I’m trying to make a decision what I think gives us the best chance to win Sunday. That’s what I’m doing.”

Schaub has thrown nine interceptions in five games to start the season. Four of those interceptions have been returned for touchdowns. He has thrown a pick-6 in each of the last four games. Schaub’s pick-6 on the third offensive snap of the game put the 49ers up a touchdown on their way to a 34-3 thumping of the Texans. Schaub interceptions have led to 52 points from the opposition this season.

T.J. Yates came into the game in the second half on Sunday. The backup would be the guy to start if Schaub doesn’t play against the Rams at home this upcoming Sunday.

“I can promise you there is accountability,” Kubiak said. “If I think, on our football team, that something needs to be done, then I’ll do it. I’m also very committed to players and the job they do and the work they put in and the football team, so I take it all into account.”

Kubiak said he isn’t worried about losing the locker room if he continues to start a struggling Schaub. Kubiak is, however, worried about Schaub’s confidence.

“I think any player is going to stand up and say, ‘I’m fine,’” Kubiak said. “That’s part of your competitive nature. I just watch him work, watch him go about his business, watch him prepare to play. I thought his preparation was excellent last week. I wouldn’t expect it to be any different. I don’t know. Every guy is different.”

If Schaub does start against the Rams, don’t expect to see a different offense. Kubiak said he won’t dumb it down.

“I don’t think that’s what you do,” Kubiak said. “I think if anything, players that have been doing this for a long time, they need responsibility. That’s what makes them tick. That’s what makes them work through things. We’re not going to all of a sudden quit doing certain things or cutback on certain situations. If Matt is our starting quarterback and he’s going, I trust him with everything we do if that’s what you’re asking me. There is no limit there.”