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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 24, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 10:03 pm

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

Wade phillips has done wonders with the texans defense.  They will be the division winners, because i think they have enough defense to keep it close.  When the playoffs come though, their going to get steamrolled.

Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 9:50 pm

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

Favre, Favre, Favre

Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2011 9:32 pm

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

Bring on T.J. Yates!  He knows a thing or two about football.  I'm kind of kidding because starting him as a rookie wouldn't be ideal, but then again, relying on Matt Leinart isn't either.

Best of luck going forward Houston.  We all know you could use some. 

Since: Nov 16, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2011 9:31 pm

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

What a shame. Unless Leinart has his head screwed on straight and his game face on, Houston's first playoff season might be down the drain. How important is a quarterback? Ask the Colts. Only difference from one year to the next is the QB. Team didn't believe they could win without Manning. Do the Texans think they can win without Schaub?
 Time will tell.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2011 9:08 pm

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

Here is Leinart's chance to qb a winner. He say's he belongs in the NFL. He has 2 horses in back of him and he's getting a stud back at receiver and the # 1 defense. I can lead this team to victory

Nobody knows how Leinart is going to do in Houston, but one thing is for sure, we'll find out soon.  If two months ago I would predicted Alex Smith would be leading the 49'ers to an 8-1 record with a 95 passer rating people on these boards would have demanded I seek help.  Sometimes a good coach and a good system makes all the difference... Harbaugh has done an incredible job with Smith so who's to say Leinart can't do well in Houston?

Look at what a coach did for their defence.... 30th ranked d last season, number 1 right now..... anything can happen in the NFL... 

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 9:03 pm

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

are you retarded or something?

Since: Oct 6, 2010
Posted on: November 14, 2011 8:49 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

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 8:44 pm

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

Pretty harsh to imply Leinhart will be the worst QB in the NFL when you have an 0-10 team being quarterbacked by Curtis Painter...

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 8:35 pm

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

Your post shows an incredible amount of ignorance about the way Houstan plays football. You would have to be a complete moron to think that they open the running game by way of the passing game. It's completely the other way around. Foster has running room due to Houston's mastery of the zone blocking scheme and the 'backs ability to make one cut and get downfield. The same formula that made Terrell Davis so successful in Denver. Same offense Kubiak brought with him from Denver. Then Houston uses play action passing to get most of their passing yards. Works wonderfully. Don't bother replying. You look dumb enough already.

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: November 14, 2011 8:12 pm

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

the Texans, who pretty much have the AFC South sewn up and are playing for homefield advantage.
Really? Tennessee is only a game and a half out of first...and they each have 3 division game left, including another head to head match up.  I definitely wouldn't say they pretty much have the division sewn up.  Especially now that Schaub is out.  Leinart won't be able to keep that passing game going, which is what created all the room for Foster to run.  Hopefully CJ can keep rolling like he did Sunday.  The Titans could very possibly win out if that happens. 

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