Kubiak sticking with Schaub: When asked about Matt Schaub’s future as Houston’s starter, here’s what head coach Gary Kubiak had to say:
“He’s our quarterback,” the coach told reporters on Monday, “I believe in him. He’s a strong kid, but it’s going to be a tough week.”
Translation: I really don’t know.
This is similar to a dreaded vote of confidence. Kubiak has also criticized Schaub’s ability to audible as well as his decision making ability. Then he went on to blame himself for putting Schaub in bad situations as a coach. The likelihood of sticking with Schaub beyond this season seems very low, but despite the interceptions, his fantasy numbers haven’t been too bad. He’s had 298 or more passing yards in three of his four games and eight TD passes through four games. This is a pretty good example of where fantasy clashes with reality. Keep starting Schaub if you own him, but have a Plan B available.
Geno or bust for Jets: Rex Ryan declared the Jets have no intention of benching Geno Smith for … well, whoever else they can find to play QB. The team announced Mark Sanchez will miss the entire season in order to repair a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, so Geno kind of wins this one by default. We’ll never know which QB really won the competition in the summer, but at least the Jets will be able to give him an entire season to showcase his talents and let them decide whether they want to move forward with him as their franchise guy. If you’re planning to start Smith the rest of the way though, you are either very brave or doing so on a dare.
Locker expected to miss at least 4-6 weeks: Locker to miss time: After taking a hit that didn’t look too bad yesterday (until you saw the slow-motion replays), Jake Locker was taken to a local hospital and was found to have what basically amounts to a separated hip. It isn’t expected to be season-ending, but it’s unlikely many of you owned him in the first place. And I’d be willing to guess most of you won’t rush out to pick up his backyup Ryan Fitzpatrick — or David Carr, who is reportedly stopping in on the Titans to audition for a job. Chris Johnson’s fantasy value also suffers from this since defenses will likely stack the box and dare Tennessee’s QB to beat them in the air.