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Kubiak On Schaub: ‘I Put Him In A Bad Situation As A Coach’

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Houston (CBS Houston)– The Houston Texans are now 2-2 after the Seattle Seahawks rallied and handed them a 23-20 loss in overtime at Reliant Stadium on Sunday.

Texans quarterback Matt Schaub had his third consecutive game with a pick-six interception that keeps costing his team, ‘when it matters most.’

“I’m the quarterback of this team,” Schaub said. “I have the ball in my hands. This one hurts real bad.”

It did hurt really bad and coach Gary Kubiak was quick to defend Schaub and take the blame himself, which happens more times than not.

“I’ll be honest with you, I take responsibility,” Kubiak said. “I put him in a bad situation as a coach. Obviously we have to protect the ball. I put him in a bad situation. Probably should have run the ball there and punt and play defense. But trying to be aggressive and trying to make a play and we didn’t and it ended up killing us, hurting us. I take my responsibility. I could have obviously called a better play.”

But before we set more Schaub jerseys ablaze, there really is enough blame to be placed everywhere and Seattle’s (4-0) not that bad of a team.

“No,” Kubiak said on if he considered replacing Schaub. “I think we’ve got a lot of things we need to fix. I have to fix me. I have to be better for him. We’ll get him better and get those mistakes corrected. We’ve got a lot of guys that have to get mistakes corrected, not just one.”

The Texans had less than 3 minutes left in the fourth quarter being up 20-13. Why not just run the ball since it’s been consistent all Sunday? Why not rely on your defense that’s held the Seahawks to less than 300 yards? Why not go to your first round draft pick DeAndre Hopkins more, instead of only looking his way out of desperation? Why be so quick to bench running back Ben Tate for fumbling the ball but then head to the press conference and deflect the blame away from your quarterback for throwing a pick-six? Why consistently do the same thing, same play, same personnel and expect a different outcome?

My questions might not ever be answered and that’s fine, but one question that was consistently answered was the team’s faith in Matt Schaub.

“No, I don’t think anybody’s lost faith in Matt,” wide receiver Andre Johnson said. “He’s our quarterback. We’re going to rally behind him. Other than that, that’s about it. If anybody’s lost faith in him, I don’t see it. You don’t sense it around the locker room or anything like that.”

Follow Julie Takahashi on Twitter: @Julie_Takahashi

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