Sunday night wrap-up: Texans have major issues

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We’ll find out this week if Texans coach Gary Kubiak is being loyal, or stubborn.

It might not matter which, because the bottom line is a third straight loss and a 2-3 record for a team which entered the season with high hopes.

Kubiak stayed with quarterback Matt Schaub long enough for Schaub to go a fourth straight game with an interception returned for a touchdown. The late hook in favor of  T.J. Yates could have been a temporary move during a 34-3 loss to the 49ers, but it might be time for a new direction Kubiak has been thus far unwilling to take.

Schaub was picked off twice in the first half, but Kubiak didn’t flinch, sending him right back out for more punishment in the second.

Schaub finished 19-of-35 passing for 173 yards and three interceptions, a rating of 32.2. (You get a 39.6 for throwing one incomplete pass).

Perhaps a signal of their lack of confidence, the Texans had no downfield element to their offense, and without that, not much of a chance after getting in an early hole.

Now, they have to decide how to proceed.

They go home to play the Rams next week, followed by a trip to undefeated Kansas City before a bye week. Both of the next two opponents can get to the quarterback, which will make it hard for Schaub to bounce back.

But doubt — Schaub in himself, and teammates in him — might be harder to overcome.

At some point, Kubiak has to figure out not whether Schaub is his best chance to win right now (as opposed to going to Yates full time), but whether he ever can be again. At the moment, Schaub simply looks lost, and the coach might not be doing anyone any favors by sticking with him.

Here are five more things we learned during Sunday Night Football:

1. It’s hard to offer a true verdict on the 49ers offense, because between the turnovers and the short fields, they didn’t have to do too much.

But accepting gifts is only going to get them so far.

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick was 6-of-15 passing for 113 yards. If you think that’s bad, consider 64 of those yards came on a late strike to Vernon Davis when the game was well in hand.

We knew they lacked outside weapons in the absence of Michael Crabtree, but Kaepernick isn’t finding the inside ones at the moment either.

He’s going to have to progress in the passing game. For all the attention his running ability got during last year’s Super Bowl run, it was his ability to move the ball downfield with his arm that opened things up for the 49ers.

2. There were things that were not Schaub’s fault for the Texans.

Kicker Randy Bullock missed a 45-yard field goal early. Right tackle Derek Newton was replaced in the second quarter by Ryan Harris.

But it’s easier to put it all on the quarterback.

Schaub, Schaub, Schaub.

3. Speaking of things that don’t appear to be working out at the moment, the Texans spent a lot of money on veteran safety Ed Reed this offseason.

He was on and off the field, spending time with trainers at one point. The good news is that those visits allowed you to notice he was in the building. Other than getting pushed backward by Frank Gore or chasing Davis helplessly, it was hard to recognize his presence at all.

4. Tramaine Brock took over as the 49ers third cornerback Sunday for a sore-kneed Nnamdi Asomugha.

There’s no indication he should be giving the job back anytime soon.

Brock had the job prior to a minor injury in camp, but at this point, it’s hard to see them going back to an older player, who is also in a contract year.

Making him compete seems to have brought the best out in Brock, who is also positioning himself for a bigger deal from someone this offseason.

5. The news wasn’t all good for the 49ers.

Defensive end Ray McDonald left the game with a biceps injury and did not return. That left them thin up front, with just three healthy linemen to finish the game.

They lost nose tackle Ian Williams for the season to a broken ankle earlier this year, and without the rehabbing Aldon Smith and linebacker Patrick Willis inactive Sunday, it was a paper-thin front seven.

Fortunately, they didn’t have to be perfect.

Schaub, Schaub, Schaub.

48 responses to “Sunday night wrap-up: Texans have major issues

  1. As I wrote on this board a couple of months ago, I have”given up” on the Texans. So tantalizingly close to a championship level team, but, yet, so frustrating.

    For me, the final straw was last season when the Texans went into New England for a nationally televised game as the #1 seed in the conference and got their asses kicked. They stumbled into the playoffs only to have their asses kicked one more time by the Pats.

    Done.

    Over with them.

    Let other fans and pundits pick them to win the AFC and the Super Bowl. I am done with them.

  2. I’m a huge 49ers fan………all I can say is had Schaub not had such a bad night (again) Kaepernick would be getting roasted. That kid looks lost out there. I really thought he was going to be the real-deal but man he has horrible accuracy unless the guy is wide open.

  3. First off Texans, good effort tonight. Your team just couldn’t execute.

    Niner Faithful, arise and be triumphant!!!! Without keys players on our defensive front we dominated one of the top run games in the League. The offense was able to score when need be.

    Beware Seahacks, the Niners are coming. And HELL follows with us do you hear! HELL FOLLOWS WITH US!!!!!

  4. And I thought from everyone’s yelling the Ravens were Idiots for letting Reed walk.

    Oh BTW can we all admit Schaub’s ceiling is average at best . He has been hiding behind a talented team and is average at best.

  5. You sound like an apologist for the Texans, Darin Gannt. You’re right about Reed though, he’s an overpaid, under performing has been and he’s always hurt, bad signing.

  6. Huge win for the 49ers. Just like that, after being left for dead 2 weeks ago, they’re 1 game out of 1st place in the West. Some additional notes:

    1. The Niners need Crabtree & Manningham back in the lineup ASAP.

    2. The Niners are back to 2011 form, defensively speakung. Very impressive.

    3. The Texans have a championship caliber defense and run game.

    4. Matthew Schaub is hot garbage.

  7. The Texans had a QB problem at the end of last year and didn’t address it.
    They had a problem with terrible special teams and didn’t fix it.
    They had a problem at RT and they didn’t fix it.
    They had a stinking offense at the end of last year and didn’t fix it.
    Now they have a huge problem at QB in Indianapolis. Good Luck fixing that!

  8. I have felt all week the Kubiak should have told Schaub, in a private man to man, that if he had a pick-six this week against the 49ers he would be benched for the rest of his career.

    I don’t see Schaub being the starting QB or Kubiak as the coach much longer.

  9. TEBOW! TEBOW! TEBOW!!!

    Clearly the Texans should bench their pro-bowl qb and cut the other two guys who have been there all year to sign Tim Tebow. Then change the entire offense during the bye week to suite Tebow’s skills and turn him loose. He will “work hard” and “inspire” his teammates to play better. Then the Texans will go undefeated the rest of the way and win the Super Bowl because that’s what Tebow always does! HE JUST WINS!

  10. Schaub doesnt even look to throw down the field. Everything is a within 10 yds and CB’s are just sitting on all routes. You cant play scared in the NFL

  11. @wilsonwillbreakyou….while I appreciate the sentiment I think we all see the glaring need on offense to get guys back healthy as well as the defense. These are games you’ve gotta win and SF did that. Never apologize for clean, hard fought wins. I thought Houston was Better than this.

  12. braceyourselffor12 says: Oct 6, 2013 11:30 PM

    ……. Beware Seahacks, the Niners are coming. And HELL follows with us do you hear! HELL FOLLOWS WITH US!!!!!

    joey49er says: Oct 6, 2013 11:36 PM

    SHHHHHH niners are comin!!!!! poor seahawk fans….
    ==========================================

    Why are 49er fans posting about the Seahawks on our pages? Stop obsessing with the Seahawks. Yes OBSESSING. STOP! It makes us look weak and scared. We beat up on a team with a quarterback that gifted us turnovers. Don’t brag about that being dominance. Focus on the Cards next.

  13. Yes, Matt Schaub looked terrible, but did you see who he played against the last two weeks? He deserves at least a little bit of credit for not doing worse against the Niners and Seahawks. Even without Aldon Smith, Patrick Willis, and Ian Williams this defense still looks filthy.

    Kaep didn’t look very good either, but the renewed emphasis on the run game seems to be working pretty well for us.

  14. lol @ other 9ers fans already turning on Kaepernick.

    The last 4 games he played Seattle whose secondary is ridiculous(and A: At Seattle and B: Before anyone really started figuring out how to scheme against that secondary). Indianapolis, who after making Russell Wilson look not as good as he has and looks to be a legit great team. St. Louis who for all their problems have a pretty good secondary. Then Houston who coming into this game had the number 1 defense in all of football.

    That seems tough then realize that Vernon Davis was hurt vs Seattle, Out vs Indianapolis, and gimpy vs St. Louis and Houston. Also throw in the fact that the WR Corps have been Anquan Boldin, Quinton Patton(who is injured), and a bunch of guys who wouldn’t be playing let alone starting if Crabtree or Manningham were back. Oh and Manningham and Crabtree will be back within the next two months(Manningham sooner than Crabtree). That will help Kaepernick big time.

    If Davis is in that Indianapolis game there is a chance that either A. That game ends up being much closer or B. The team is tied for first in the NFC West. Again though tough to tell considering the hangover from the Seattle loss the week before on that one.

    But seriously there is a lot of football to be played. And I know you guys are used to quickly bringing out the “he sucks” card when a qb has a few bad games. But there are 11 games left this season for people to get healthy and for things to be worked out.

  15. To the supposed 49ers “fans” ripping Colin Kaepernick:

    1) The Niners won the friggin game!

    2) There is literally nobody to throw the ball to after Boldin & Vernon. They need Crabtree & Manningham back right away.

    3) The read-option fad is over, at least in San Francisco. The Niners are back to 2011 form: stout defense, smash mouth run game & dare I say an efficient game manager at QB.

    4) Kaepernick is still a kid; less than 20 starts under his belt. He’s had so much early success that we forget that.

  16. 49erstim says: Oct 7, 2013 10:53 AM

    @wilsonwillbreakyou….while I appreciate the sentiment I think we all see the glaring need on offense to get guys back healthy as well as the defense. These are games you’ve gotta win and SF did that. Never apologize for clean, hard fought wins. I thought Houston was Better than this.
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    I think both teams are running offensive game plans that they’d rather not be at this point because of injuries. Hopefully when guys start getting healthy both our offenses will return to form. I posted a comment earlier this week that Schaub couldn’t throw a pick 6 against the niners because you’re secondary was so bad. I’ll eat my crow on that one…you guys looked lights out last night. Good win.

  17. Most observers agree that Colin K has the potential to be a great QB in SF. His numbers yesterday though werw Tebowesque – in fact, if TT had’ve ended up with stats like those he’d have been crucified ! Oh….whoops. Soz.

  18. @ 49erforlife

    First off, you DON’T speak for all Niner fans so worry about you appear in front of Seahack trolls all you want, it is of no concern to me.

    Secondly, after declaring themselves division champs Seattle has continued to display mediocre ball while on the road. The Niners on the other hand have rebound from two crushing defeats with two blow out wins. Momentum is gaining and the division is most definitely in contention.

    GO NINERS!!!!

  19. Oct 7, 2013 11:45 AM
    braceyourselffor12 says: Oct 6, 2013 11:30 PM

    ……. Beware Seahacks, the Niners are coming. And HELL follows with us do you hear! HELL FOLLOWS WITH US!!!!!

    joey49er says: Oct 6, 2013 11:36 PM

    SHHHHHH niners are comin!!!!! poor seahawk fans….
    ==========================================

    Why are 49er fans posting about the Seahawks on our pages? Stop obsessing with the Seahawks. Yes OBSESSING. STOP! It makes us look weak and scared. We beat up on a team with a quarterback that gifted us turnovers. Don’t brag about that being dominance. Focus on the Cards next.

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    Agree

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