Schaub to remain Texans' starter despite Week 5 benching
Schaub's latest folly came on Sunday night against the San Francisco 49ers, a game in which Schaub turned in his worst performance of the season. He threw yet another pick-six on his first throw of the game, and ended up with no touchdowns, three interceptions, and an abysmal 32.2 passer rating. His struggles prompted the Texans to bring in backup T.J. Yates early in the fourth quarter.
You may remember Yates from his rookie season when he filled in for an injured Schaub and turned in a few solid performances. He even got a start in the playoffs, leading the Texans to a win with a low-key, yet very efficient showing. A fifth-round pick in 2011, Yates has not shown that he can be much more than a game manager with very limited upside.
Thanks in part to limited options at the position, head coach Gary Kubiak cleared the smoke late Sunday night by saying that Schaub would remain the team's starting quarterback. By the time Schaub was benched on Sunday night, the game was clearly over, so it's not like the Texans tried to lean on Yates to pull out a comeback victory - they simply let him play in garbage time.
It is also worth considering that Schaub's awful performances have come against some stellar defensive teams. After torching the Chargers in Week 1, Schaub has struggled against the Titans, Ravens, Seahawks, and 49ers. Ranked 14th in total defense, the Ravens are the only one of those teams that doesn't boast a top-ten unit.
Schaub will start Week 6 against the Rams and is a strong bounce back candidate. He has made it through the toughest stretch of the schedule - albeit with four consecutive pick-sixes - and should find more success going forward.
That being said, it is becoming more and more clear that the 32-year-old Schaub may not be a quarterback who you can win a Super Bowl with. He is definitely a solid game manager, but through six-plus seasons as the starter, Schaub has failed to get the Texans past the divisional round of the playoffs. It wouldn't surprise me at all to see the Texans target some viable competition for Schaub over the offseason. It is also worth noting that Schaub could be released for a relatively low cost after this season, though that would be a bit more surprising.