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The Word: Pro Football Writers of America's Alex Dunlap
Having attended numerous Texans training camps, games and events during Schaub's six-year tenure in Houston, I can tell you Schaub is more than that. He is to the Texans offense what Connor Barwin is to the Texans defense.
He's an unselfish, unflinching leader, more than happy to execute a game plan that often dictates deferring to an elite surrounding cast the opportunities to flourish statistically. It is obvious that Schaub has earned the abject respect of his teammates.
Schaub has a signature "stare" downfield immediately following his drop-back that he keeps through his reads. In watching film, you will notice that the crown of his helmet often stays pointed downward as he goes through his progressions, which he normally has plenty of time to do.
This gives opposing linebackers and safeties fits and serves as a subtle form of a lookoff against bunched sets to the opposing side when he wants to deliver over the top.
It doesn't seem like his eyes are locked into the spot they may, in fact, be locked into. Schaub is a hilarious guy, and the team loves him. He is their undoubted leader. While Kubiak's system calls for a player who can manage the game, GM Rick Smith wants a true QB. That is what the Texans have.