By Kristie Rieken
The Associated Press
HOUSTON — Matt Schaub still has his starting job for the Houston Texans. Whether he keeps it probably has a lot to do with how the struggling quarterback performs today against the St. Louis Rams.
Schaub has had the worst stretch of his career over the last three weeks and has vowed to be better. He has thrown six interceptions, three of them returned for touchdowns, and the Texans have lost three in a row.
Coach Gary Kubiak considered making a change this week, but decided to stick with the 10-year veteran. He did admit it was difficult to do so.
Kubiak is looking for a number of players to perform better this week.
“We have not been playing the way we want to play in some areas as a football team,” he said. “It’s hurt us and it’s something we’ve got to correct real quick ... and we’ve got to find a way to win a game.”
Despite his struggles, Schaub’s teammates said they still have faith in him and fully expect him to get back on track this week.
“I still am confident in my quarterback,” running back Arian Foster said. “He needs to know that. I think everybody on this team feels the same way, so I’m going to ride with him.”
Rams coach Jeff Fisher, who faced Schaub twice a year as coach of the Titans, has watched Schaub’s recent rough patch. But he knows how good Schaub can be.
“Matt is an excellent quarterback. He’s won a lot of games,” Fisher said. “I’ve personally faced him many, many times and know what he’s capable of doing. So we’re going to have our hands full with their offense, which not only includes Matt’s arm, but includes an excellent running game.”
How’s the D? Houston’s defense is allowing an NFL-best 260.2 yards a game. But the Texans are disappointed in their defense because they’ve only forced three turnovers this season.
“We can be the No. 1 defense all we want, but we need to force some turnovers. Plan and simple,” defensive end J.J. Watt said. “It’s big for momentum. It’s big to give the offense the ball back. They’re just big plays and we need to start making those plays and we know that.”