The Houston Texans had another impressive showing in the NFL regular season this year finishing with a 12-4 record, a second straight AFC South division title and the distinction as one of the best teams in the conference.
Although the season was a promising sign of things to come, the Texans began to breakdown in the final four games of the regular season. Houston lost three out of the final four games and raised a lot of questions about whether or not this team was the real deal and ready to compete with the best of the best in the AFC in the postseason.
In the AFC Wild Card game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Texans were able to win their first playoff game in franchise history. Cincinnati put up a fight in Houston, but the Texans ultimately came out on top, 19-13.
Despite advancing to the divisional round, Houston didn’t seem to reclaim their dominance on the offensive side of the football and therefore were underdogs heading into their showdown against the New England Patriots. Tom Brady and company put on a clinic against the Texans at Gillette Stadium blowing out Houston, 41-28.
Following the loss to the Patriots, the brunt of the blame went to quarterback Matt Schaub with talk of the starter potentially not being the answer for this team under center.
Schaub responded to the doubts surrounding the veteran quarterback saying the following via Tania Ganguli of Ultimate Texans:
“Absolutely I can,” he said. “With the guys that we have and the way our team is built, I definitely think so. I’ve had that confidence in myself ever since I started playing. I always knew that I could do that. We have the right guys and the right coaches and … the right system.”
It remains to been seen whether or not Schaub is ultimately the right man for the job in Houston with the window of opportunity likely to start closing if the team continues to disappoint in the postseason.
With Andre Johnson, Arian Foster and J.J. Watt leading the way, the Texans have a solid core of superstar-caliber players to improve moving forward. Schaub may currently be the starter heading into the off-season with the backing of head coach Gary Kubiak, but that may soon change if the team is unable to take a step forward next season.