Yes, there is good news for Texans fans. First, you woke up this morning. Any day above ground is a good one.
It's a beautiful day in Houston. Not a cloud in the sky.
As for your team? Well, the plane made it back to Houston. That's about it.
That the Texans are 2-3 is bad enough. They have been blown out twice, blew a game they had won, and were all out to win the other two. Their chief competition in the division, the Indianapolis Colts, has wins over San Francisco and Seattle, two games they weren't supposed to win. And two games the Texans lost.
The simple story of San Francisco 34, Houston 3 was the continued demise of quarterback Matt Schaub, who has gone from an efficient, solid quarterback to a man with no confidence and a penchant for awful decisions. Despite being benched Sunday, his stubborn head coach has said Schaub will continue to be the starter moving forward.
Schaub has become Brad Lidge. He is a mistake waiting to happen. Mentally, he is completely lost. For a quarterback who has been in the same system since 2006, it's a bizarre time to suddenly lose it.
And lose it he has. In the history of pro football, no quarterback has thrown pick sixes in four consecutive games. Until now.
I made the observation in training camp that Schaub had perhaps lost a bit of zip on his passes, something he could ill afford to do. The four pick sixes have come on passes to the sideline, where arm strength is most important. Forget the deep ball; getting the ball out in a hurry on those routes is critical. Schaub's failures have been on those passes.
The fans would love to see T.J. Yates or Case Keenum at this point. But fans don't get to make that call. Still, players and coaches don't exist in a vacuum. They hear what's said. They read what is written.
The players and coaches are saying the right things. That they still believe in their quarterback. But they simply can't be telling the truth. Schaub's struggles put pressure on everyone else, including a defense that has played well other than a lack of turnovers. Offensive players are under more pressure to catch passes that aren't on the money. Everything snowballs from there.
The quarterback position is too important; everything feeds off of it. The Texans hitched their wagon to Schaub when he signed his big deal last season. They have refused to draft a quarterback of the future. Kubiak has steadfastly stayed with his program and belief in Schaub to the point of stubbornness.
So what's the answer? This season, there is none. The Texans have painted themselves into a corner with Schaub. Like a marriage with 52 kids, there is simply no chance for a divorce.
The good news? If Schaub can be mediocre again -- his ceiling these days, it appears -- the Texans have a chance to go 5-1 in their next six. But if he can't -- well, the season will only continue to spiral out of control.
It appears the Texas are stuck with Schaub, for better or worse.
And yes, it could get worse.
But at least it's a beautiful day in Houston.