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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 CBSSports.com'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, ESPN.com'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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Comments

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: November 15, 2011 11:09 am
 

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

I don't trust Freeman so I won't buy it till it's official, but I think the SB shot is gone. They could very well make the playoffs and continue to beat teams, but they have effectively become the Jets...good D...good running game, but they will have trouble keeping up now that I think you can take a few big passing plays and add in a few TOs per game. 

I really am cheering for Lienart to succeed and I have wanted the Texans to win all season, it's too bad this hits them at this point though when they finally look to be pulling it together. 


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Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 11:06 am
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Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 11:00 am
 

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

As a die-hard Texans fan I am a little nervous about Leinart but I think that we will be ok.  We have the best running back tandem and the Number ONE DEFENSE in the NFL.  AJ will be back to make things a lot easier for Leinart.  Playoff and Home Field Advantage here we come.  All of you knocking the Texans when it is all said and done WE WILL SAY IN YOUR FACE!!!!




Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 10:44 am
 

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

A source tells  that quarterback is "done" for the season after suffering a foot injury in Houston's 37-9 victory over the 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.

I will be keeping Schaub on my fantasy bench until all of the facts are in. I  With my luck, I will drop him and he will be back in time for the playoffs. I don't trust Freeman and his anonymous sources. 



Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 10:09 am
 

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

uneducated dult? Ummm, that would be you obviously...



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 9:54 am
 

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

Bad news but not a deal breaker. Running and defense is the reason they are 7-3. Kubiak is a good qb coach and Leinart knows this offense. He stayed in Houston for a reason and he will be just as productive as Schaub, who wasn't exactly lighting it up this season.



Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 9:08 am
 

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

I'm only pleased because the first place team in my fantasy league has Shaub as the QB, with Carson Palmer as the back up. 



Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 8:18 am
 

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

What is and "uneducated dult",  by the way you know you love to "fondly yourself usually"



Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 8:15 am
 

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

I'm sorry is Schaub really irreplaceable.  The Texans win despite Shaub not because of him.  Hand the ball off to Foster and play defense. 




Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 8:12 am
 

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

What the hell did Houston do to piss off the football gods so much?


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