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Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

Posted on: November 14, 2011 5:14 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2011 6:33 am
Leinart will be Houston's starter after their Week 11 bye. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

A source tells's National NFL Insider Mike Freeman that Texans quarterback Matt Schaub is "done" for the season after suffering a foot injury in Houston's 37-9 victory over the Buccaneers Sunday. The source adds that "the team is devastated," and there's little chance Schaub would be available should the Texans make it to the Super Bowl.

On Monday morning's Pick-6 Podcast, we anointed the Texans the best team in the AFC. They lost receiver Andre Johnson in Week 4, lost their next two games, then went on to win four in a row, including Sunday's beatdown in Tampa Bay.

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There was plenty of credit to go around: Wade Phillips' work with the defense, Arian Foster's return to his 2010 form, and quarterback Matt Schaub playing the best football of his career.

With Johnson set to return after the Week 11 bye, everything seemed to be falling into place for the Texans, who pretty much have the AFC South sewn up and are playing for homefield advantage. Now they'll have to build the offense around the running game, hope backup Matt Leinart can make plays when needed, and pray the defense continues to keep opponents in check.

Leinart, the 2006 first-round pick of the Cardinals, was cut by Arizona prior to the 2010 season.

One of the knocks on Leinart after he got his walking papers was that he he didn't have the disposition coaches look for in their franchise quarterback. In September 2010, after the Cardinals released him,'s NFC West blogger Mike Sando wrote: "Leinart could have made this work if he had played by [Ken] Whisenhunt's rules. He wasn't willing (or possibly able) to do that under difficult circumstances. He complained and pouted and made it impossible for Whisenhunt to name Leinart the leader of a locker room filled with players more closely aligned with the Whisenhunt mindset." 

This summer, Leinart acknowledged that he hadn't proven anything in his six-year NFL career, but was working hard in preparation for 2011.

"I’m always ready," he said at the time. "I’m always prepared and like I said it’s just always about being a quarterback, but being in the right situation. For me hopefully that situation comes up this year and I can thrive and show I belong in the league and I can play because I know I can and that’s what I plan on doing.” 

Leinart was re-signed by the Texans during free agency to back up Schaub, a role that didn't require him to get off the bench in 2010. In fact, he didn't sniff the field for 26 games, until Houston's final snap Sunday, a kneel-down to run out the clock.

Head coach Gary Kubiak was asked Monday just how ready Leinart was to step into the starting role. 

“Well that’s why he’s here. That’s why he came back. He liked his opportunity here. He liked this football team. He likes what we do offensively," said Kubiak. "You never know how an opportunity is going to occur, but here we go. It’s a big one for him and his career. He’s had a lot of reps. We’ve cut back on Matt [Schaub]’s reps the last month at practice so he [Leinart] has gotten a ton of reps. 

"[Leinart] has played in big football games in this league. He’s played a lot of football. He’s played in big football games in college. Matt has been around it, but the key is that the whole football team rally around him and playing well as a football team. Matt doesn’t have to go win a game. The team has to go win a game. We’ll rally around him and get him ready to go.”

The former USC star and Heisman Trophy winner last saw significant action in 2007, when he started five games for the Cardinals before a fractured collarbone paved the way for a Kurt Warner comeback. He completed 53.6 percent of his passes that season, throwing two touchdowns and four interceptions. Leinart started 11 games as a rookie in '06, where he had 11 TDs and 12 picks.

If Texans fans are looking for a silver lining, here ya go: it could be worse, Rex Grossman could still be Schaub's backup.

Matt Schaub threw for 242 yards with two touchdowns, which led the Houston Texans to a 37-9 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Marv Albert and Rich Gannon recap this game.

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Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2011 2:19 am

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

Yes...Arian Foster had a career day, catching passes from....Matt Schaub.  The whole purpose of this article is to get the word out that Matt Schaub is out due to injury, you wiill now have...Matt Leinart.  So no matter if the WR's are wide open this time...the ball more than likely won't be anywhere near them.  If the same old Matt Leinart shows up to play.  So yes..."stacking the box" would be an option if he is struggling to throw the ball.  How would explaining in an email differ from explaining here?  I was merely trying to make the point that Houston doesn't necessarily have the division sewn up as stated in the article.  Leinart couldn't hold Schaub's jockstrap, they may have a hard time moving the ball.  Calm down, I never said Houston sucked, they obviously do not. Go Titans! 

Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 3:29 pm

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

Hmmmm....Are there any Quarterbacks available that the Texans can bring in besides Leinart?  David Garrard, maybe?  Carson Palmer was just picked up by the Raiders and is doing fine.  Donovan McNabb has been benched by the Vikes....maybe make a small trade for Dono...he has Playoff and SB experience.  Just a thought.

Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 3:16 pm

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

I believe "Stacking the box" is what you did last time, since andre was out, and how did that work out for you? Oh yeah Arian had 200 all purpuse yards including 115 on the ground, but yeah I guess it could work this time. (See definition for insanity). What you can't seem to grasp is we set up the run to open up the pass. Which means all that running we did all over your butt last time allowed us to set up the boot legs that leaves our WR wide open. Just watch the game or give me your e-mail so I can explain more slowly.

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 2:12 pm

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

I believe the defense calls that "stacking the box" If there is no threat of a team passing on you, then you put 9 or 10 guys within 5-10 yards of the line of scrimmage.  That will defuse the said "mastery" of the zone blocking scheme.  So I guess Elway had nothing to do with opening up room for Terrell Davis?  Not sure how this theory of fundamental football is dumb, but we'll see how it all plays out on the field.  Go Titans! 

Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 2:06 pm

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

Matt Leinart may be able to step in and play but the question is can he step up! No one wants to see the Matt Leinart we saw play for the cardinals.

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 1:35 pm

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

in our nation of second chances, i would love to see matt do well...i find it not only possible but likely that he will step in and do sure the oc will give him a game plan that he feels comfortable with and with the prolific running game that the texans have he will not only get by but thrive sunday

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 1:09 pm

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

If Sanchez can be a starter in this league for a playoff team, why not Leinart?

Since: Nov 1, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 11:57 am

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

Really?  Matt Leinart?  Maybe they should go take a trip to Mississippi and feel it out...he'd be better than Leinart for a half season playoff push, especially since he's rested.

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 11:43 am

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

Wow, how can you not feel sorry for this franchise.  It seems every year they get the major injury and/or fall just short.  I know that I was definitely worried about them as a serious contender. 

Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 11:11 am

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

Damn  !!  Backed Houston to win the AFC ( GB win everything else obviously ) an hour ago....and I go on the CBS site and read this !! Oh , say it isn't true !

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