In the movie The Breakfast Club, there's a scene where the five main characters are sitting around the library and the topic of conversation lands on "What's the one thing you can do well?"
As it turned out, the Geek was pretty good at making spaghetti, the Basket Case could play "Heart & Soul" on the piano with her toes, and the Princess could apply lipstick by holding the tube between her boobs. The point of the sequence was everyone has at least one thing they do well.
If Gary Kubiak was in that scene, his one thing would have been grooming quarterbacks. For all of his warts as a head coach (and there are warts -- hiring, replay challenges, and referring to grown men as "kids" incessantly, to name a few), that's the one thing Kubiak does pretty well.
And it's a good thing. He will have that skill tested like never before these next two months.
Texans quarterback Matt Schaub went and saw a specialist on Wednesday about his Lisfranc foot injury, and got the news we were all frankly expecting -- he's done for the season. By the time he landed back in Houston, the Texans had already placed him on injured reserve and signed Kellen Clemens to take his roster spot.
Schaub was understandably despondent about the turn of events (via the Houston Chronicle):
"It's tough to take," Schaub said at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. "It's frustrating. The team's having such a good season, and they're going to continue having a good season. It's unfortunate that it had to end this way, but for the long run, it's best to get it fixed."
"I tried to search all options to try to find a way back to play -- anything we could do -- but in the long run, it probably wouldn't have held up," Schaub said. "I kind of expected this, but I wanted to get a feel for what his (specialist) thoughts were and make a decision from there.
"It's frustrating, but some things you have to deal with. It's tough, especially considering the season our team's having. To be a part of that and not see it through is tough to swallow."
So now it's up to Kubiak to coach up Matt Leinart, and it's up to Leinart to seize what amounts to an ideal opportunity to resurrect his disappointment of a pro career. It's all right there for him -- a winnable division and a team with a top-notch running game and a surprisingly stout defense. Frankly, the work to get Leinart ready for this moment is done. It's been going on since the minute the Texans plucked him off the scrap heap last fall, with Leinart sitting through the 2010 season as the third-stringer behind Schaub and Dan Orlovsky.
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It's now a matter of all those early mornings studying film translating into solid play (spectacular would be welcome but unnecessary and even more unexpected). By all accounts, Leinart has applied himself well since arriving here, and frankly the fact that he took a two-year deal to return as a backup when he probably could have been a starter elsewhere speaks to his maturation.
So as the Texans get ready to embark on their final six weeks of the season in the quest for their first playoff berth ever, Matt Leinart sits on the cusp of his finest hour. And rest assured, if it winds up as such, it will mean Gary Kubiak was able to do his "one thing."
And it will be his finest hour, too.
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