Originally Posted by Grungo_Taco
(1) I disagree that Schaub has been taking more risks. 1 TD pass over the last 19 Quarters of play tend to point to the notion that Schaub is not taking any risks whatsoever. It seems like when Schaub is rattled, or has low confidence, he generally goes into ultra conservative mode. Hence, all the 3 & outs the offense has been accumulating over the past 6 weeks.
(2) Can you elaborate on this statement? I am not sure what game you are watching, but Schaub definitely does not make "some tough throws". In fact, I believe he in incapable of throwing to the back shoulder (something he has never done), the fade, or to the sidelines. Schaub is most comfortable throwing to the middle of the field, which is not a "tough throw" by NFL standards.
"catches that would not be made by a lot of QBs in the NFL but what we've become sort of used to." I assume you mean "throws that would not be made..." Are you saying that Schaub is currently making throws that are not being made by other NFL QB's?
Please, Please, Please elaborate on this. I really want to know your reasoning behind these statements.
1. In back half of the season, I've seen some throws where it is looking like he's trying to make a big play that isn't there--Posey surrounded by defenders? The Walter in the endzone INT with an open Foster is the obvious one. He feels like he needs to do more because he does need to do more--the running game is inconsistent, and the defense has been struggling with personnel/injury changes. It's easy to have great TD/INT ratio when you are playing with leads and your defense has 3rd down conversion numbers in the 20s, when 2nd best numbers are in the 30s and are killing on turnovers. Schaub isn't the only one that looks like he's pressing in the back half of the season.
We want the Texans not to press, but of course, the team is in uncharted territory for them. They are not ho hum, every year we are favored to win team. We would like for Kubiak to coach them through this, but sadly, with football as in life, some stuff you just learn by doing and through hard experience. And quite frankly, some of this is just expectations stuff. I'm surprised they've been able to put together a season with this many wins given an unorthodox, but likely necessary revolving door Oline.
Has there ever been a dominant, expected to win Houston sports team? Comets maybe.
Maybe they snap out of this, maybe they can't. It's football. Each game if played 10,000 times would have 10,000 different results. A good portion of football in each game and in a loser take all format involves luck and making your own luck.
2. Um yes. Just about every game. (Though that Vikings game was a weird misery). If you haven't seen Schaub make throws that a good number of starting NFL quarterbacks do not make regularly, then you haven't been watching carefully. Does he do Flacco bombs all the time? No. But neither does Flacco because he's inconsistent. And ugh, Flacco can't make basic bread and butter throws regularly. Maddening sort of QB.
Schaub is not just dinking and dunking. Over the years, he's been near top of the league with YPC, and not all of that is runs after the throw because a lot of times he is threading the needle, moving the chains.
People complain about him going fetal with hits but some of that is by design. P Manning does the same thing. If you know you are going to get biffed, and you can't throw it away, wrapping up and taking the hit is better than trying to be a hero and losing the ball. Live another day.
Schaub has his strengths and weaknesses like all QBs, but often it is easier to focus on the disappointing throws because profanity. You don't notice the whoa throws because Texans fans have been accustomed to seeing the ball move down the field.
He's being challenged this year because the 3-5 WR catch rate is way lower than what is acceptable in this offense. So that decreases reliable targets. And results in maybe taking a shot down field for James Casey because at least if the ball gets to him, he catches it at a rate higher than any other target on the team.
Run game not working consistently also takes away a lot of the play action options and results in negative run plays.
They have issues, but so do all teams. That's why we watch.