Schaub gives spark but can’t finish comeback

Schaub gives spark but can’t finish comeback
December 6, 2013, 12:00 am
Share This Post

Johnson after the Texans' 11th straight loss

(USA Today Images)

For the second time in Case Keenum’s seven-game starting string, Matt Schaub came into a game in relief.

And for the second time, Schaub almost pulled out a win. Almost.

This time, Schaub came into the game in the third quarter with the Texans down 14 points and got the Texans within four before the Jaguars went on to win 27-20 and hand the Texans their 11th straight loss.

“I just thought he gave us the best chance to win,” head coach Gary Kubiak said. “We really struggled. I thought Case struggled with some things and there was four minutes left in the third quarter, we're down by 14 and I thought it might give us the best chance to win. Unfortunately, it didn't get it done.”

Keenum has been the team’s starter since the game before the bye week against Kansas City. Despite having moments of success, Keenum’s hasn’t played very well and has struggled with accuracy. It’s possible his time as the team’s starter is already over.

After the game, Kubiak was asked about the possibility of starting Schaub in the remaining three games of the season.

“Yeah, we’ve got a lot of time,” Kubiak said, “we’ve got a lot of time between now and the next time we'll play, so we'll take a look at a lot of things.”

While Schaub provided a spark, the Texans’ offense fizzled on a potential scoring drive in the fourth quarter when they were down by four. Schaub’s pass fell incomplete on fourth down. When they got the ball back, Schaub threw an interception, something that plagued him early in the year.

“I just keep myself ready to go and he wanted me to go in, so I went in and did my best for my football team and I’m going to continue to do so,” Schaub said.

Schaub completed 17 of 29 attempts for 198 yards a touchdown and an interception, while Keenum completed 16 of 29 attempts for 159 yards a touchdown and an interception. But it was Schaub who gave the Texans a chance to win.

“To me, he's been coming out every day with something to prove,” Kubiak said of Schaub. “Ever since we made the decision to play Case, Matt's been an unbelievable pro in how he works, how he goes about his business, how he helps Case, how he does everything. I've told y'all that. And what you see tonight is that this guy, that is what he is. It's just unfortunate we couldn't finish the deal.”

The Texans have lost 11 in a row and have lost seven in a row by one-score. That’s heart-breaking for a team that came into the 2013 season thinking about the Super Bowl.

“It’s very tough,” Schaub said. “All those guys out there, we’ve been together for a few years and to see it be like this after a couple years of a lot of positive things, it’s tough. It’s very tough.”