Originally Posted by Nitrofish
Agree with everything you said, except, I do not put players or coaches in pens or assign labels to them week by week. I have the Houston Texans in my pen, and win lose or draw, I am a fan. I believe as a team, you win together, and you lose together. Picking hero's and zeros every week seems silly to me...
Agree. However, we've been asking the question, "Can we win the Super Bowl with Matt Schaub?" at least since 2011. Truth be told, we started last season exactly the same way we started this year. Well, we were 4-0, but we were still inconsistent, we still "played down" to our opponents... the offense was booed by the home crowd week 1.
They couldn't move the ball in the first qtr. Jjo intercepted the ball, put them in the Red Zone & they still couldn't get a TD. we get 3 other turnovers, score 21 points off of them all in the second qtr. 2nd half... 2 field goals.
Sunday, we saw a glimpse of what this team can be & Matt Schaub was playing well enough to make me believe half the crap I've been spewing here. Then he threw the second interception, the one returned for a touchdown (I'm getting so tired of hearing pick six). Still, I wasn't mad at him.
Still I thought we could win a Super Bowl with Schaub. But we didn't score in the final 2:46 seconds of regulation. We won the toss, 99% (<---hyperbole) of the time, the team that wins the toss wins the game. The offense needed to score at least a FG then leave it up to the defense to win the game..... we didn't do that. Our defense stopped the Seahawks from winning the game with a FG. Schaub & the offense gets the ball. A FG would win.....
Nope, didn't do it. I understand the offense is more than just Matt Schaub, but I just watched Russell Wilson get his team back in the game (with some help from Schaub). But he's the leader of the offense & he had 3 opportunities after the interception to win that game. Three opportunities after the interception to prove he is a winner.
After Marshawn Lynches fumble, he had an opportunity there to prove he is a winner. Didn't happen, Andre Johnson running towards him in the back of the end zone & all. There have been several other opportunities through the years. Remember the Raiders at home in 2011?
Sure, there have been many games when Matt did what he had to do & the defense gave up the lead. But the ones that count are the ones where the game expires & the ball is in his hands. OR for whatever reason the coach takes it out of his hands & asks a punched-drunk RB to throw a HB pass.
How much better does our running game have to be? How much better does our defense have to be? Sunday the run game dominated. The defense dominated & we couldn't win a game we were leading 20-6 in the 4th qtr.
Yeah, the Seahawks are good, but they're not that good. Their defense didn't have a good day. Their running game didn't have a good day. Their QB didn't have a good day throwing the ball. But they found a way to win.
However, I'm not one of those guys that thought Matt Schaub could never win a Super Bowl. No doubt in my mind, that the 2009 Matt Schaub, even the 2010 Matt Schaub could win a Super Bowl. I think the 2011 Texans could have won a Super Bowl with Matt Schaub.
I also believe we've seen glimpses of that Matt Schaub Sunday. We saw him Monday night against the Chargers. If I were Kubiak everything I do from here on out is going to be trying to get that guy to show up. Arian is going to be Arian, Andre is going to be Andre, Derek Newton is who he is. But we're not going to win a Super Bowl, much less a divisional play-off game without that Matt Schaub.
But I understand the frustration with Matt Schaub.