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By JULIE TAKAHASHI, SportsRadio 610
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Courtesy of The Houston Chronicle

Houston (CBS Houston)– The Houston Texans have some of the most ‘passionate’ NFL fans in the country.

After the Texans 30-9 loss to the Ravens on Sunday someone decide to take out their frustrations, specifically with quarterback Matt Schaub, on the North St. Bridge over I-45 spelling out in white cups, “Cut Schaub,” Monday morning.

Texans head coach Gary Kubiak admitted he was concerned about “a lot of things,” Monday afternoon.

“We turned the ball over obviously and that’s something that we’re not doing very well right now or we’re doing a poor job of protecting the ball, and we’re not getting turnovers either,” Kubiak said. “Those two go hand-in-hand. As a football team, we’re losing that battle, which we were very good at last year and we’re off to a very slow start this year. That has to change. But it’s not just the quarterback. Everybody’s involved in what we’re doing and we can do a better job up front, a better job running routes. He’s got to make good reads, all of those things. Those things go together.”

I have to agree with Kubiak, there are a lot of areas that needs improving, including play-calling and game management. But I think Matt Schaub said it best after the game, “I’ve just got to be better.”

Schaub ended his day with a 72.8 passer rating, no touchdowns, 5.5 yards per pass and a second pick-six in two weeks, which was a game-changer turning a 6-3 second-quarter lead into a 10-6 Ravens on top.

“We’ve got to protect the quarterback and he’s got to play better too,” Kubiak said. “A lot of things go with that and it’s not just one.”

It isn’t just one, but the one we’re talking about is a franchise quarterback who’s in his 10th-year. He’s the one who received a four-year, $62 million extension at the beginning of last season. He’s the one that was put in this position to lead the ‘SuperBowl contenders’ further into the playoffs.

So, he is the one who needs to eliminate his interceptions: four interceptions (two pick-sixes) and he needs to be the one who becomes more consistent and takes charge of his team.

“I’ve just got to be better for this football team,” Schaub said. “For us to get where we want to go and be a successful team and find ourselves where we want to be at the end of this season, I’ve got to play better than I have been.”

The Texans host the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Sept. 29 at Reliant Stadium.

Follow Julie Takahashi on Twitter: @Julie_Takahashi

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