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Jason "Big J" Allen  @UnsportsmenBigJ

Jason “Big J” Allen
@UnsportsmenBigJ

“If it aint broke don’t fix it” is a saying we have heard over and over again.  What happens when your QB is broke?  And everything looks like it can’t be fixed?  Some are saying to bench Schaub, because T.J. Yates has own a playoff game.  Some are saying that Schaub is done and is having a career fall off similar to Jake Delhomme or Marc Bulger.  Regardless I have taken up the mission of “How do you fix Matt Schaub!”

This fix up job maybe the Wreck-It Ralph of all repair jobs I have tackled (I have written about Cam Newton last year, and the 49ers a week ago).  Majority of the time you look at what made the player successful and you try and see if the team is still doing that same thing.  In Matt Schaub’s case the Texans are still doing the same things for the most part.  Still running the ball effectively, still living in the play action pass world, and still using their athletic TE to dominate the middle of the field.  So what is hurting Schaub then?  One thing that needs to be fixed for Schaub to get back to being successful is limiting his reads.  I think he has been given more reads to make in the passing game, which accounts for indecisiveness and interceptions.  Schaub has always been a 2 read guy, basically Andre Johnson and then the TE and if nothing is there dump down to the RB.  Now with Hopkins showing he has amazing ability and seeing more two TE sets with an underrated Graham at TE, Schaub isn’t getting an easy read that he is used to.  Get him back to making the simple read and you will see the change.

Another issue that no one is talking about is the talent around Schaub.  Now pound for pound he has better talent then most QBs on paper, but really look at the talent for a second.  Andre Johnson is not the same player he used to be after all the injuries and years.  I know that’s blasphemy and majority of people have stopped reading at this point.  Yet, would the Johnson of 3 or 4 years ago been able to be covered well by Tramaine Brock?  A third stringer for the 49ers?  Don’t give me the Schaub argument because if you watched that game Johnson was getting no separation.  Look at Arian Foster, a few times during these games we expect to see that 5th gear burst through the hole that would ultimately result in 6 just is not there.  Ben Tate has been inconsistent at best in games, to the point that a not all there Arian Foster is still a way better back.  Some of the big plays that the Texans used to have protected the flaws of Schaub.  How easy was it for Schaub for the last 3 years to throw a screen and Foster took it to the house, now think about the last time you have seen the Texans even run a screen play at all?  They do have youth in Hopkins, Graham, and we know that the zone blocking scheme can make any RB look good (ask Mike Bell, Tatum Bell, Mike Anderson, and may I dare say Alfred Morris) so picking up a younger, explosive RB shouldn’t be an issue.

Look I’m not saying that Matt Schaub is not the problem, I’m just saying its fixable and can be turned around.  Next week give him the bootleg easy read throws to warm him up.  Have him air it out down field a few times in jump ball situations for Johnson or Hopkins.  Just start building his confidence.  Every game minus the Baltimore game no team has been able to totally shut down the run game, so why not have a whole drive of running the ball with a shovel, screen, or swing pass in it?  These things build your QB mentally, with the loss of Daniels for a while it will hurt, but go back to the mantra of a young QB’s best friend is his TE.  Now Schaub isn’t young by any means, but you have to repair his psyche just like a young QB.  If all else fails we can at least make fun of Travis Johnson who claimed Matt Schaub could take a team over the hump and Tony Romo couldn’t.

Jason “Big J” Allen

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