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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: Nov 1, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 6:14 am
 

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

P.S. - How's Kevin Kolb working out for ya????  Innocent



Since: Nov 1, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 6:13 am
 

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

Only the Texans would get bad luck like this. Well there goes the Texans only shot of having a winning season but it might have been a blessing that Matt Schaub was lost for the season because the Texans fans would have not known how to act or do if the Texans want to the playoffs but now you Texans fans can go back to your old loser ways and stay home and do nothing on the month of January but just fondly yourselves like usually
If you are going to attempt to break someone else's nutts, you might want to do it in a fashion as to not make yourself look like a completely uneducated dult!  What the hell does half of that crap even mean?



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 5:16 am
 

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

Only the Texans would get bad luck like this. Well there goes the Texans only shot of having a winning season but it might have been a blessing that Matt Schaub was lost for the season because the Texans fans would have not known how to act or do if the Texans want to the playoffs but now you Texans fans can go back to your old loser ways and stay home and do nothing on the month of January but just fondly yourselves like usually.



Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 1:44 am
 

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

Tebow has shown that you don't need a QB to win games.  Foster can QB with Tate and Ward in the backfield.



Since: Aug 28, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 12:54 am
 

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

I think that they have to at least consider reaching out to Favre.  I had not even thought about the guy 'til I saw the guy on here with the Farve chant.  Great O-line and weapons all over the field.  He would not be my first choice, and would be far from football shape right now.  They would not have to start him right away, since they will beat their weak division and make the playoffs regardless.  Just a thought if they can't get somebody better in a trade.  He is an upgrade to Leinart for a playoff run at least.



Since: Mar 13, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 12:52 am
 

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

sorry texans,but your window just closed welcome to the nfl



Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 12:13 am
 

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

David Garrard is hurt which is why hes still out there



Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:19 pm
 

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

Matt Lienart only beats Schaub on looks. This is matty's last chance as a stater if he screws up its over.



Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2011 10:27 pm
 

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

wow they were doing so good then its injuries injuries injuries. Matt Leinart's first priorty in houston is to party party party. Until Houston undefeated right now loses to Tulsa in college football. David Garrard is avaible. Garrard. 25 touchdowns last year, great playoff games a few years back and is the best black QB in Nfl. no vick or freeman
what the heck kind of retarded nonsense is this? jesus, of course your a pats fan too. spewing so much horse meneuver right out of your behinds that only the mouths of massachusetts could fill. go find your best friend david garrard, maybe he'll adopt you considering you seem like a person with no guidance



Since: Jan 1, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 10:09 pm
 

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

turns andre johnson into a limp johnson


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