Why can't Schaub call audibles?
The biggest play in the Texans’ 23-20 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday afternoon was Matt Schaub’s fourth-quarter interception that was returned for a touchdown by Richard Sherman.
It was a terrible decision to throw the ball but did Schaub have the freedom to audible out of the play?
“No, once we called it, started the motion, it was game on,” head coach Gary Kubiak said on Monday. “So we just had a very, very poor play like I told you.”
On the play, Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor blitzed from the side Schaub rolled toward. Other NFL quarterbacks on other NFL teams likely would have audibled out of the bootleg to the side from which the blitz was coming.
That interception return for a touchdown tied the game at 20-20 and sent it to an overtime period. Aside from the two interceptions – he has six on the season – Schaub actually had a very good game. He threw for 355 yards and completed 63 percent of his passes.
“I believe in him. He’s a strong kid,” Kubiak said. “He’s been doing this a long time. He’s played good games. He’s been told he’s very, very good. He’s probably told he wasn’t so good. So this is a tough week. We’ve got to work through and get ready to go again.”
On Sunday, Kubiak said he wouldn’t think about replacing Schaub and showed confidence in the quarterback again on Monday. When asked how short of a leash Schaub was on, Kubiak said “He’s our quarterback.”
Schaub has now thrown six interceptions in four games, half of his 2012 total. He has also thrown pick-6s in three consecutive games.
“I don’t see a lack of confidence,” Kubiak said. “I see some poor decision-making situations, some that he has to handle and some that we can help him handle. But there are a lot of good things that are happening too, but the problem when you to play that position, if there’s three or four glaring mistakes, they can be the difference in winning and losing. So that’s what we’re working on right now.”