Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub has been named the starting signal-caller for the team’s Week 6 game against the St. Louis Rams.
The organization tweeted out a quote from head coach Gary Kubiak on his decision to go with Schaub over backup T.J. Yates:
Kubiak: Matt Schaub will start the game on Sunday. "Was a tough decision, real tough. But was the best decision going into this game."— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) October 9, 2013
Schaub was notably benched in Week 5 after a number of miscues against the San Francisco 49ers in prime time, including yet another pick-six—setting a record of four straight games with one of them—on his first pass attempt of the contest.
Yates was inserted under center in the fourth quarter, after Schaub had completed just 19 of 35 passes for 173 yards, zero touchdowns and three interceptions.
Filling in for Schaub, Yates completed just 3 of 5 passes for 15 yards before the contest came to its merciful 34-3 conclusion. The second-stringer did have a handoff botched by running back Ben Tate, a fumble that the Niners recovered for yet another takeaway.
After the game, Kubiak admitted that the situation was bad, but stuck by his starter—as per the Associated Press, via ESPN: "It's a broken record right now. It looked the same. Hopefully, that's rock bottom tonight."
Texans fans are clearly fed up with Schaub’s turnover-prone ways and have expressed that sentiment in a variety of ways recently. Some have taken to burning his jersey, while others hung a homemade sign over a Houston freeway calling for him to be released.
Did Kubiak make the right decision?
Needless to say, it’s been a tough couple of weeks for the 32-year-old veteran. He’s completed just 135 of 212 passes for 1,366 yards and eight touchdowns in 2013, but has tossed nine interceptions—many of them going for scores or setting up the opposition with great field position.
If Schaub can’t get it together against a vulnerable St. Louis defense in Week 6, it may be the end of his tenure with the Texans. Yates has proven capable in his stead, leading Houston to a playoff victory in 2011.
Schaub is going to be on a short leash in Week 6, and one more costly pick-six could ring the death knell on his season—and maybe even his time as a Texan.