John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE
Matt Schaub enters the year with a new right tackle and right guard protecting him. Schaub will be depended on to protect these new players with smart quarterbacking and quick decision-making.
Houston Texans' head coach Gary Kubiak recently named second-year right tackle Derek Newton the starter over Rashad Butler after a long competition for the job all through camp.
Kubiak spoke about the competition to Nick Scurfield via the Texans official website:
“Looking at the body of work, I think it was very, very close, as I told y’all all along,” Kubiak said on Monday afternoon. “I think the thing that has moved this toward Newton is watching his progress, watching where he was the end of last year going to the offseason, going through camp, watching him get better and better and better. (He’s a) young player that we think’s ascending.”
The move wasn't an easy one to make for Kubiak, and Newton will certainly be tested by opposing defensive coordinators right away. If Newton is going to progress the way Kubiak expects, Schaub will have to continue to play at a high level.
The Texans' new right guard Antoine Caldwell has more experience in Houston's offense. However, he isn't a proven player as a starter in the league yet.
The best way for the Texans to overcome these changes on the offensive line is for Schaub to run the offense like he always has. Quick passes and screens to the right side will take the pressure off of Newton and Caldwell.
Schaub's execution will be key to the offensive line maintaining its high level of play again this year.