Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak has discovered a way to eliminate quarterback Matt Schaub’s mistakes during the regular season.
Do not let Schaub play.
Kubiak announced he would start quarterback Case Keenum over Schaub against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Schaub sustained an ankle injury prior to Houston’s recent bye week, but Kubiak said he did not plan a change at quarterback.
However, those sentiments were different on Monday.
"Matt's health is fine," Kubiak said (c/o the team’s website). "It's a decision based on what I saw take place last week with Case. Matt Schaub returned to practice but will be a backup this week."
Keenum was 15-of-25 for 271 yards and one touchdown and a passer rating of 110.6 against the Chiefs.
More importantly, Schaub has completed 150-of-233 passes for 1,551 yards, eight touchdowns and nine interceptions. He set an NFL record with an interception returned for a touchdown in four consecutive games this season, and some Houston fans cheered when Schaub sustained his injury.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Schaub has torn ankle ligaments and may not be “right” all season, but it does not appear that injury factored into Kubiak’s decision.
As a result, Schaub’s career in Houston might be coming to a merciful end.
According to ProFootballTalk.com’s Mike Florio, Houston can avoid paying Schaub $10 million, along with another $1 million in roster bonuses, by cutting the quarterback next year. Schaub signed a four-year contract extension worth a maximum of $62 million last season, but the Texans seemingly made a bad investment by rewarding Schaub.
Now Keenum has been rewarded with Schaub’s job.
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