HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – Matt Schaub received a heaping portion of criticism after the Texans finished flat despite a stellar 11-1 start last season. From being the best team in the AFC to losing three of their last four regular season games, the Texans frustrated everyone when they missed out on the chance to lock up homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.
It appears that the frustration was mutual.
“No one had higher expectations or knew what we could do as a team more than us as players. No fan out there, nobody. Their expectations were high but ours were higher. We demand so much out of ourselves. We put so much into it. We work so hard to reach a certain level of success,” Schaub said.
“We fell short of our goal inside the locker room and out.”
As for what happened in the final month of the season, Schaub reflected that the team simply stopped doing what had made it successful.
“We lost our consistency level that we had maintained for the better part of the season: our ability on first down to be successful and put ourselves in manageable situations, make our third downs manageable. We had some penalties. We had some turnovers that hurt us. When you have those things and you are in a lot of long yardage/third down situations, that’s hard to convert. When you are playing good teams, especially late in the season and in the playoffs, those things can hurt you.”
In the final month of the season, Schaub’s performance was under fire as he threw for one touchdown and three interceptions in the final three games.
“When you are not staying on the field offensively and scoring sevens, teams like New England, teams like Indianapolis, the way they’re playing at the end of the season, they are tough teams to beat, especially on the road.
We’ve got to figure out that level of consistency and maintain that.”
Schaub, entering his seventh season as the Texans quarterback, will have the entire offseason to figure that one out.
The Texans begin their offseason program April 15. Organized Team Activities are May 20-21, May 23, May 28-30, and June 3-6. The program ends with a three-day mandatory minicamp from June 11-13.