Matt Schaub (David J. Phillip/AP)
Texans quarterback Matt Schaub talks about injuries, confidence, and the talent he sees in his Houston team.
Last season was bittersweet for Texans starting quarterback Matt Schaub. After receiving a big contract, Schaub led Houston to their first ever 2-0 start. Then pro-bowl receiver Andre Johnson went down with an injury and the team would go on to lose five of their next six games.
Schaub then missed a chunk of the week seven game against Tennessee and the week eight game against San Diego, as backup Sage Rosenfels came in and played well. The injury bug would continue to bite Schaub as he would miss five of the final eight games of the season. But after spending three seasons on the bench watching Mike Vick play in Atlanta, the last thing Matt Schaub wanted to do was watch more games from the sideline, this time due to injury.
“I didn’t want to be on the sideline watching.” Schaub said. “I wanted to be out there. That’s the main thing that I wanted to take away from that. To get myself healthy as soon as possible, to be out there.”
While injuries decimated the Houston offense last season, the team still has to scratch and claw in a division that sent three teams to the playoffs last year. A primary concern for this group is to get healthy for the long haul. Unfortunately with Andre Johnson injuring his groin in training camp, the team is starting to dig itself a whole.
"It’s a long one but the more we can stay healthy and be on the field all together, offense and defense, and then special teams even,” Schaub said. “It’s going to make us a better team.”
With Schaub entering his second season in Gary Kubiak’s system, improvement is expected. For Schaub, playing 16 games is where it starts.
“I’m very confident in my ability to go out there and play 16 weeks.” Schaub said.
“For most guys it’s our third year in the system but for some of us it’s our second all together so everyone is much more confident in what we’re trying to get done,” Schaub said of the team’s improvement from last year.
Though injury concerns will linger, there is no lack of talent on the offensive side of the ball. With a star receiver like Andre Johnson to go along with a good young TE in Owen Daniels, the offense is ready to roll.
“Across the board we’ve got a lot talent, a lot of weapons, on both offense and defense,” said the Texans signal caller.
With everyone together for another offseason the Texans are looking to make some noise in a very tough AFC South, and looking to build upon their first ever non-losing season and earn a playoff berth.