Originally Posted by CloakNNNdagger
You have to go deeper into the numbers to explain why the patterns may not follow success.......like the efficiency of the QB. Like a QB that has a problem in general throwing completed passes past the 10 yd mark.
Brady 34 TDs 8 INTs
Peyton 37 TDs 11 INTs
Schaub 22 TDs 12 INTs
The Texans have inexperienced players at two offensive line positions. His WR 3-5 have catch rates less than 55%. Strategically, do you really want him to throw down field a lot? Especially when your defense is playing well, and the opponent probably needs you to make offensive mistakes to win?
The Texans pay a lot of attention to down and distance because that's the key to what makes their offense go. They take shots downfield selectively based on what the defense is doing, and how much risk they feel they need to take against opposing offenses. They get defenses cheating certain ways, and then try to exploit for the big play.
Typically, the Schaub is pretty good at YPC, and Andre Johnson has huge YPC for someone who has as many receptions as he has had this year.
Typically, deep in redzone, they prefer to run the ball because they can. See e.g. Arian Foster. So this tends to decrease opportunities for QB TDs.
Looking at general NFL statistics to make conclusions about the Texans offense isn't helpful. It is also not helpful to compare Matt Schaub to future Hall of Famers Brady and Manning. He doesn't need to be that because he is not that--he needs to be efficient Matt that distributes the ball to open guy and doesn't make too many mistakes. Pressing doesn't help, but infallibility is a lot to expect because everyone makes mistakes, you just have to try to not make them bigger.
OTOH, the Texans have a number of players on their team that if they keep playing the way they are, may some day be the foundation of the Texans section of the HoF. So you play to your strengths.