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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: Jan 12, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 7:53 pm

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

the LOWEST score in the history of CBS sports. and the "winner" is Hienikan guy!! Congradz

Since: Apr 7, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 7:51 pm

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

Agreed, Bearish.  I would prefer Grossman.  He has played in a Super Bowl, he is a leader.  I don't trust Leinhart, it seems he came into the league thinking he was entitled.  People change and for the Texans' sake, they better hope Leinhart has.

Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 7:43 pm

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

It's a shame to see Matt Schaub get this team primed for their breakout and not get to finish it, that's just the NFL.  If Matt Lenhart was ever going to prove that he belongs in this league it's go time.  The Texans have been building for this moment for several years and they have to finish it now, no stopping and worrying about what to do now, just win because the Colts aren't going to be down for long, the time is now,

Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: November 14, 2011 7:31 pm

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

You must be a jacksonville fan.......Go Texans

Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: November 14, 2011 7:30 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

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2011 7:29 pm

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

Hello, Houston......We have a problem!

Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: November 14, 2011 7:28 pm

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

This was a good article until Ryan Wilson completely missed the boat with his Rex Grossman comment. Rex is EXACTLY the example that Matt Leinart will need to follow. Grossman, who had a bit of an arrogant air about him managed a 2005 Bears team that was built on defense, special teams, and a running game, with a game manager quarterback that was supposed to add some downfield passing to back up the safeties, but mostly, to not screw things up. The result - Rex QB'd the Bears to the Super Bowl, where they lost to Peyton Manning's Colts. If Leinart can reign in his arrogance, and can put up an occasional pass in the range of Andre Johnson, and hand off to Arian Foster, without turning the ball over - which shouldn't be too much to ask for, since Rex Grossman did do it! - then Houston still has a shot. It's too bad, though, because they were looking like the cream of the AFC, along with the usual suspects. Still, Ryan Wilson is dead wrong - Rex Grossman could have been a good backup option here, if he could replicate what he did in '05, but maybe Leinart can do something similar.

Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2011 7:27 pm

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

This is so unfortunate, just when it looked like that they could finally have their breakout year.

Since: Jun 15, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2011 7:24 pm

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

Hey everyone, you can all quit commenting now, as heineken guy has spoken, and you can be certain that whatever he spews is gospel because he has proven that he can use his Caps Lock key.

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 7:12 pm

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

WOW. That really hurts. Was just looking up something about Jim Plunkett. Coincidence? Plunkett; former Heisman Trophy winner, who washes out on his first team, gets picked up as an afterthought by the Raiders, and leads them to two Super Bowl victories. No fan of Leinart; also a former Heisman winner. Always thought he was just in the right place at the right time/AKA quarterbacking what amounted to an NFL franchise at USC(The C standing for cheaters), but it will be interesting to see if he has grown up and is ready to handle this responsibility.

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