Originally Posted by CretorFrigg
It's not only a Texans problem, but it is something Schaub struggles with. Our O-line isn't exactly giving our QBs the best protection. In order to complete a long pass, the O-line either needs to give the QB more time, or the QB needs to create that time on his own by scrambling and moving in the pocket. Matt Schaub can't do that, and our O-line can't protect him, so that's why we struggle with 3rd and long situations.
Unless you're ben Rothlisberger..a guy notorious for running around behind the LOS waiting for someone to uncover, or 1 of the elite guys, no qb can survive and play a great game that way...consistently anyway. Your o-line has to be pretty competent for them to play half way decent. You're either going to get hurt or you're going to be throwing bad balls trying to move around too much b/c your line can't block anybody. The only reason Rothlisberger gets away with it so consistently is b/c he's like 6'4 & 250 and for the most part can take the punishment he recieves by doing it...not the case with Keenum.
Keenum projects to be better at moving around in short space, but it doesn't mean that he'll be any better getting the ball downfield b/c no qb likes being moved off their spot..Furthermore, As a qb working under center, you see how quick those DE's get off the snap out of the corner of your eye....If you're routinely getting hit, b/c your RT is getting blown by, it makes it just that much harder to keep your focus downfield where it should be... It speeds up your clock...& as a qb you tend to want to check it down in an effort to avoid negative plays...Kubiak knows this....it's just part of the long list things that factor into why we're not throwing it downfield much these days..
The o-line struggles are going to be a huge factor for whomever is under center...& whomever that is apart from Schaub, you can't expect them to continue to make plays under those circumstances