Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak had the perfect opportunity to endorse quarterback Matt Schaub during a press conference this past Monday.
Schaub recently set a new NFL record by having an interception returned for a touchdown in four consecutive games. He eventually threw three interceptions before getting benched for T.J. Yates during a 34-3 loss against the San Francisco 49ers. Houston is currently 2-3 after opening the season with two consecutive wins.
Kubiak could have let everyone know he had Schaub’s back, but delivered a very light endorsement that should make the quarterback question his future in Houston.
“He is (still the starter),” Kubiak told UltimateTexans.com, “but I’m in the evaluation process.”
Kubiak proceeded to say he was evaluating everyone, including himself and his play-calling, but still did not give a Schaub a strong endorsement.
"I’m in an evaluation stage right now, today and tomorrow," Kubiak said (c/o the team’s official website). "I’m trying to figure out what’s the best way for us to go be successful this weekend. Every player’s a part of the evaluation, and our quarterback is too. But yes, he is our quarterback.”
Schaub is Kubiak’s quarterback, mainly because the coach does not have many options.
So far, Schaub has thrown for 1,366 yards, eight touchdown and nine interceptions. Yates completed 3-of-5 passes for 15 yards after Schaub was benched, but has not started since 2011. He was 2-3 as a starter that season after Schaub sustained a season-ending foot injury. Yates led Houston to a 31-10 playoff victory against the Cincinnati Bengals before a 20-13 loss against the Baltimore Ravens, but Schaub resumed his role as the Texans' starter last season.
Houston will play against the St. Louis Rams this weekend. The Rams have 11 interceptions this season, tied for fifth most in the NFL. Schaub has a chance to earn a strong approval from Kubiak, plus win back the support of a fan who recently burned the quarterback’s jersey.
However, Schaub also has the opportunity to lose what little endorsement he received from Kubiak.