The Houston Texans and quarterback Matt Schaub in particular are looking to bounce back from a drubbing at the hands of San Francisco to the tune of 34-3. Head Coach Gary Kubiak thought long and hard about making a change.
“Tough decision,” Kubiak said. “Real tough. I feel like it’s the best thing for our football team this weekend and so there was a lot of thought put into it, a lot of evaluations.”
Matt Schaub will be looking to lead his team to a franchise record 6th victory without a defeat. Already the this Texans team has begun faster than any other but Schaub is not taking anything for granted against a struggling Packers outfit that lost by three points against the Indianapolis Colts.
This could be a Super Bowl preview if the Packers can right the ship in time. Expect JJ Watt to act like it’s all second nature to him because folks, it is! It five games, Watt already has 32 tackles and 7.5 sacks while the overall defense is ranked first and has allowed fewer points than anyone in the league.
“You love the fanatical effort,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said. “The guy plays with his hair on fire. The size (6-5, 295), strength, athleticism — it’s rare to find a guy with that kind of combination. Obviously, if you have a vote for defensive player of the year, how do you not give it to that young man?”
Make no mistake, this is a must win for the Packers if they wish to stay in the Super Bowl conversation and WR Gregg Jennings knows there is a ton of pressure for him to perform.
“Now, it’s just a matter of being smart,” Jennings said. “I can’t keep having that up-and-down ‘I’m in one game, I’m out the next’ (or) ‘Not sure one game, good the next.’ I can’t keep doing that to myself or to the team. So, with that being said, I’m just going to wait until I get 100 percent back healthy, and then we’ll see (number) 85 back out there.”
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Gary Kubiak and the Texans’ coaching staff will coach the AFC at the 2012 Pro Bowl in Honolulu on Jan. 29. Mike McCarthy and the Green Bay Packers’ staff will coach the NFC.
The coaching staff of the highest-seeded team in both conferences to lose in the Divisional Round of the playoffs coaches the Pro Bowl each season.
“It’s not the next game we wanted to coach in,” Kubiak said Monday in an interview with FOX 26 Sports Houston (KRIV-TV). “We wanted to go to New England (for the AFC Championship Game).
“It’ll be exciting. We’ll have some of our players there. It’s a nice reward for the coaches and their wives to get away and relax a little bit. Hopefully, we’ll go there and won’t screw them up.”
The Texans (10-6 regular season) were the No. 3 seed in the AFC. They lost 20-13 on Sunday to the second-seeded Baltimore Ravens at MT Bank Stadium. The Packers (15-1) were the No. 1 seed in the NFC. They lost 37-20 to the sixth-seeded New York Giants at Lambeau Field.
Members of the Texans’ equipment and training staff also will be going to Hawaii to participate in the week.
The Texans currently have two Pro Bowlers, running back and cornerback . Nine others – outside linebacker , left tackle , inside linebacker , tight end , wide receiver , kick returner , center , defensive end and defensive end – are alternates who could play in the game if players selected ahead of them are unable to go.
HoustonTexans.com will be in Honolulu for Pro Bowl week covering the Texans’ coaching staff, players and Pro Bowl cheerleader representative Morgan.