Schaub Conference Call Highlights

Texans quarterback Matt Schaub spoke to the Indianapolis media this week. Find out what he had to say about becoming a starter in the NFL, his opportunity with the Texans, taking on the Colts this weekend and more!

On their 2-0 start...

"It's a good start for us. We're playing well as a team and making the plays that we need to."

On his role in their early success...

"I feel like I've managed the game fairly well, kept the team focused in good times and negative times the past two weeks—playing for four quarters, managing the game situations and the clock, and converting third-downs. So as a group I feel we've done the necessary things to win those games."

On changes/corrections of past pass protection problems...

"That was something as an offensive unit we wanted to correct. That took all 11 guys in the huddle to correct that. It's a matter of knowing your assignments and your hot-reads, the backs picking up blitzes, the tight ends picking them up when they're in protection, our receivers being in the right spot, and the quarterback getting rid of the football."

On their overall improvement and using the Colts as a measuring stick...

"It's another one of the games, it's a piece of the puzzle. It's 1 of 16 games. We have them here at home, and we're excited about going out against a divisional opponent and testing ourselves. It will be a great challenge for our football team all across the board offensively, defensively and special teams. We're going to have to be sharp on our game and not hurt ourselves and stay on schedule. Hopefully good things will happen for us."

On the excitement of playing the Super Bowl Champs...

"I think there's some extra juice. You can't hide the fact that they're a great football team. They have tremendous talent. They won the Super Bowl last year, so it's going to be a great test for us. So we can't just dismiss that fact. We have to acknowledge it and look at it as a great challenge and be willing to meet that challenge head-on."


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On playing without wide receiver Andre Johnson...

"It will be tough. It will be something we have to work through as a total unit. No one guy is going to win or lose a game, but at the same time 11 guys working together can accomplish good things. It will be a matter of a lot guys stepping up to fill those catches and yards. Everybody is going to have to raise their level of play just a little bit more."

On establishing rapport with Andre Johnson...

"He caught some good passes. We had some good looks from the defense we were facing and made some big plays. That's some great effort on his part, and the offensive line for giving me the time to make those certain throws."

On the Colts pass rush and what stands out for him...

"Obviously they're very quick, they're explosive, and they're athletic. They're really fast up the field. They stay in their rush lane, they make it really tough on you and squeeze the pocket. You have to be stout up front in your protections and get rid of the ball quickly and on time."

On being named a starter in the NFL...

"It's a great opportunity for me to come to the Houston Texans. It's a wonderful organization; young, up-and-coming, a lot of talent on this football team, to be a part of it, to be another piece of the puzzle. To bring in a winning tradition here, it's just a great opportunity that I was very excited to receive this offseason, one that I want to meet that challenge head-on coming in here."

On being labeled the best backup in the NFL...

"It's definitely better than being the best backup. As a competitor you want to be out there on the field helping your team win."


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