Houston (CBS Houston)– Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub has had the roughest 3 weeks of his NFL career; Buffalo Bills Hall of Famer Jim Kelly joined “MaD Radio” and said once you start becoming mentally unfocused as a quarterback it starts affecting your game.
“It’s kind of depressing,” Kelly said Tuesday. “You start doubting yourself and even though you’ll probably never say that but you start losing a little confidence.”
Kelly, 53, said he always pulled for Houston when he wasn’t pulling for Buffalo and that Schaub just needs to focus on the little things.
“I just think he (Schaub) needs to get his confidence back,” Kelly said. “I know anytime my confidence would be lacking a little bit I would look towards my running backs, I would look toward my tight ends, try to take some things easy early on to start getting my mind refocused back into it. Sometimes you feel the pressure of wanting to have the big play right away to get people behind you again, and you shouldn’t do that. Make sure you’re mentally focused on what you need to have done during the course of a ballgame.”
Schaub broke the NFL record last week for the most consecutive games with a pick-six. He has thrown a pick-6 in four straight games and has 8 touchdowns on the season to his 9 interceptions.
Kelly was asked what exactly goes through a quarterback’s mind right after he throws a pick-six.
“Number one, I can’t say it over the air because it would be cussing.” Kelly responded. “Number two, it’s part of it. I saw the pass he had in the game; yeah that wasn’t a real good pass. I’m sure as soon as it left his hands he said ‘Oh, beep’ that’s why a football team needs to stay close.”
Kelly further explained that a football team is the biggest team sport because he feels as if one player could be the difference maker in scoring and winning a game.
After Schaub completed 19 of 35 passes for 179 yards and three interceptions Sunday night Texans head coach Gary Kubiak benched him for backup T.J. Yates. Add that to frustrated fans and outside world and you can see that it’s all taking a toll on Houston’s starting quarterback.
“When you’re on top of the world everybody’s there to pat you on the back and when you’re down you tend not to go out, you tend not to do as many things as you did in the past,” Kelly said. “You don’t like when they people say negative things about you and that’s when sometimes you’ll tune the outside world, you won’t read the paper. Those things go with winning and losing.”
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