Houston (CBS Houston)-The Houston Texans have been plagued by turnovers carrying a minus-three turnover margin which ranks tied for 26th in the NFL.
A lot of the focus and criticism has been placed on quarterback Matt Schaub and Wednesday morning head coach Gary Kubiak was asked about his franchise quarterback and if he agrees with Texans GM Rick Smith’s comments before the season about Schaub needing to step up and play better in big games.
“First off, I think he’s a winner,” Kubiak said. “That’s all he’s done since he came here. I believe in him and our team believes in him. Everybody needs to step up, not just one guy. I think he did it the first two weeks. He’s a very smart guy and gets the ball to the right guy. He’s a very good operator. He’s a pocket thrower and a pretty darn good one, so it starts with us protecting him a little better.”
Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison said that Schaub has made “bad decisions” in games.
Schaub ended Sunday with a 72.8 passer rating, no touchdowns, 5.5 yards per pass and a second pick-six in two weeks.
“He made the wrong decision,” Dennison said. “He understands why after watching the film and he’ll make the corrections.”
Schaub being in his 10th season knows he has 4 interceptions and a 87.3 rating this season. Wednesday afternoon Schaub said he has to play better as a quarterback.
“You have to move on to the next game,” Schaub said. “You can’t dwell on things that have happened. That where my focus is, to be better for my team this week.”
Schaub answered why he takes ALL the offensive woes onto himself, “That’s how I view this position. The ball leaves yours hands last and you have to take ownership and responsibility.”
Sunday will be the biggest test for Schaub and the Texans offense as they face a Seattle defense that has forced 10 turnovers and have only allowed a league-low 27 points this season.
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