Why It’s Time For A Coaching And Quarterback Change in Houston

“Oh no,” I thought. This is getting worse by the minute.

I was surrounded by a slew of  Houston Texans fans. They were all decked out in their Andre Johnson or Arian Foster or Brian Cushing jerseys watching the Texans play the Seattle Seahawks. In the first half, the cheers were large and in charge.

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But anybody watching that game could see that in the second half, QB Matt Schaub started to teeter. Right on cue, he threw that awful pick six to nobody but CB Richard Sherman who returned it to the house. What were once cheers turned into disgusting looks and curses. We all know what happened at the end of that game. I remember vividly a Texan fan staring at the TV screen like he was dreaming. He just couldn’t believe the chain of events that just took place.

“Schaub, you’re history, mate,” cried the hurt and obviously upset fan. I actually cleaned up the quote a bit because it was worse.

“Hmmm,” I thought. “This fan is on to something.”

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History. What has history told us about the Texans with Head Coach Gary Kubiak leading the pack and Schaub the “extension of the head coach” on the field? Well first, history will tell you that Houstonians far and wide have had their hearts broken when it pertains to football. Before the Houston Oilers jetted to Tennessee, they had some really good seasons in Houston. My uncle recalls a time when Oilers head coach, Bum Phillips, said after losing a second consecutive AFC Championship to the Pittsburgh Steelers, “One year ago, we knocked on the door,” said Phillips. “This year, we beat on the door. Next year, we’re going to kick the son-of-a-(beep) in.”

The Oilers never did. Twenty years later, they are in a new state with a new name and the Houstonians were hoping and praying for a football team to call their own.

That happened in 2002. The Houston Texans were born! They struggled to win games until Gary Kubiak became the head coach in 2006. They had records of 8-8, 8-8, 9-7, 6-10, 10-6, and last season having a 12-4 record, the best in franchise history. After years and years of heartache and disappointment, this is suppose to be the Texans year! They have weapons on the offense. They have a respectful defense. Surely, they should get to the Super Bowl right? Wrong.

The number one question before the infamous pick sixes, before his confidence was crushed, before Texans fans started calling for his job has always been about Matt Schaub. What will Schaub do? Will he embrace the moment and go out and just play ball? Or will he just crumble and shrink? We see now what he has done. Since joining the Texans in 2007, Schaub has had a completion rate of 64.3%, 128 touchdowns to 79 interceptions and a QBR of 90.9. Not horrible for a third round pick in the 2004 draft. Schaub has always put up some pretty good numbers. That’s not the issue. It has always been what is in his heart. Can he come up in the biggest moments when it counts the most. This season, he has 8 touchdowns to 9 interceptions. Last season, he only had 12 interceptions total. Something different is going on with him and I can’t figure it out other than the pressure for the Texans to win the Super Bowl. That’s what everybody in Houston were talking about during the offseason. They simply aren’t living up to expectations. They never have.

I’m not putting it all on Schaub. Yes, HE is the one that plays out there every Sunday and performs. But Kubiak has to shoulder some of the blame.

The offense of the Texans is too predictable, too easy to figure out. Surely, you can’t win football games when the defense knows what you’re going to do. You give the opposing defense scores and your defense is already in a hole before stepping out on the field. That’s no good!

Kubiak is trying to stick with his guy, Matt Schaub, the guy they picked over Peyton Manning when he was a free agent during the 2012 offseason. Kubiak has been head coach of the Texans long enough to know when its time to try something different. With this roster, they shouldn’t be 2-4. It’s time for a major change in quarterback or philosophy. Only reason why Case Keenum is starting this Sunday against the Chiefs is because Schaub is hurt. Under any other circumstances, Kubiak would be starting Schaub and proving to the football world that Schaub is THE quarterback for the Texans. I don’t see a change in quarterback permanently nor a change in philosophy happening, thus the 2-4 record. However, I have a solution.

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Get rid of Kubiak. It’s time for a change of scenery for him in my humble opinion. Get rid of Schaub as well. He just isn’t the long-term answer for this team. The Texans need a quarterback that can deal with the wishy-washy ways of the fanbase without getting sensitive and just going out and playing every Sunday. I’m not saying get rid of them right at this second, but if they don’t make the playoffs or they get bounced in the first round, its time to bounce Kubiak and Schaub. Period.

I use to think that Houston sports fans were just selfish. They were never satisfied. I use to think that if they were to win the Super Bowl, they would complain about not going undefeated. I still think that way to a certain extent but I’ve realized that they are just hurt. Texans fans are use to heartbreak. I think its time to change the cycle. Give the hard paying fans something to look forward to. This season is a wash. Even if they get to a 10-6 record, which is possible, they will still be ousted in the first round. Another disappointing season. It’s time to look for other head coaches and find a quarterback in the draft. I wonder how foolish they feel now that they didn’t go after Peyton Manning.

Now is the time, Texans front office! Let’s rewrite history by making Kubiak and Schaub apart of Texans history. It’s the only way.

About Erica Blackburn

Hampton University graduate, Georgetown University graduate student. Associate Producer at SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. Lover of all things reality sports and fantasy sports.