Duane Brown on Schaub: 'He's top-notch'
Matt Schaub took a lot of flack from fans about the way the season ended for the Texans.
Schaub’s most talented protector, All-Pro left tackle Duane Brown, understands why but doesn’t think it’s because of Schaub’s play.
“He’s top notch man,” Brown said Monday on SportsTalk Live. “He gets a bad wrap. The quarterback and head coach when you’re not having success those are the first two to get hit.”
The Texans started the season 11-1 before dropping three of their final four games of the regular season. In doing so, the Texans lost their chance of a first-round bye and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. Houston then beat Cincinnati for the second straight season in the wild card round, but then lost to New England in the second round of the playoffs.
Schaub went to his second Pro Bowl in 2012 and threw for over 4,000 yards. He also has won 16 of his last 20 regular season starts.
“He’s been very productive for us over his career here,” Brown said. “You can’t put it all on his shoulders. Us up front we have to make him comfortable. We have to protect him and let him sit in the pocket and deliver the ball the way he can.”
Schaub did have three Pro Bowl offensive lineman protecting him this past season. Schaub went 7-2 this season at home. Since 2007, Schaub is sixth among quarterbacks in passing yards at home. The quarterbacks above him go as follows: Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Tony Romo, Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning. Much of the criticism about Schaub is that he doesn’t take enough chances downfield. That might be partly because it seems that the Texans mentality is to always come away with points when in the red zone. A field goal is better than risking a turnover in most situations.
“He has all the talent in the world,” Brown said. “You have to look at some points in some games where he delivered the ball right where it needed to be and the receivers didn’t make the catch.”
Brown was also asked why people think Schaub isn’t mentally tough.
“I think it has more to do with his personality,” Brown said with a smile. “He’s very conservative, laid back and monotone. A lot of people look at that when he’s not playing as well as people think he should. People think he doesn’t care and that he’s very passive. That’s not the case at all. He’s not afraid and that’s why we respect him as players.”