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A couple days ago Grantland published an article ranking the Texans quarterbacks and…my god, it was one of the most depressing things I’ve read in a long time. From the first moment possible I was a Houston Texans fan. I owned a Tony Boselli jersey. I cheered on both Domanick Davis and Domanick Williams. I actually defended Matt Schaub. I deserve to go into a Sports Fan Hall of Fame for that type of fandom. My shock wasn’t at the fact that Schaub is the best quarterback we’ve ever had. No, my shock and eventual horror came from the fact that Case Keenum is probably the second best quarterback in Texans history. I love Case as much as they next guy—probably even more—but how is that possible?! With Schaub as the obvious first pick you have to choose between Keenum and Carr as our second best QB. I’ll give you a moment to stop laughing (or crying if you’re a real Texans fan). How can I not be in a severe depression knowing that the football team I’ve been following for over a decade has been that bad?
Okay Houston fans, let’s talk about Schaub real quick. I know it’s a bit of a sore subject, but Matt “Best QB in Franchise History” Schaub needs to get his due. We ruined this guy. Not too long ago Schaub was a NFL QB. Now the guy holds a clipboard next to a rookie with a haunted last name. Last year Houston destroyed Matt Schaub’s soul. I’m not sure if Schaub has a personality; but if he did people would probably say, “He hasn’t been acting like himself.” This man’s feelings were as fragile as his oft-injured/hard-to-believe-this-guy-is-a-professional-athelete body. And we quit on him so quick last season that it destroyed any confidence he had. I wouldn’t be surprised if he threw away all his “World’s Greatest Dad” mugs after he got benched. Yes, I know. Matt Schaub wasn’t a truly great QB (and he might not have been the World’s Greatest Dad), but this guy is the best QB we’ve ever had and he probably is going to be the best QB we’ve ever had for the next five or so years. And knowing that and knowing how easily we gave up on him makes me wish we could take back some of the crazy over-reacting early in last season. Who knows, if we wouldn’t have quit on the best QB in our franchise; maybe he wouldn’t have quit on us. Sure Matt “Bootleg” Schaub isn’t Tom Brady; but, hey, he was our franchise’s Tom Brady. No matter how sad that statement is, it’s true. We could have used Schaub’s special brand of NFL mediocrity to have him
Trent Dilfer game-manage us all the way to the super bowl.
But for the last couple season Houston fans were like a late-blooming college junior that finally has grown past his awkward stage and is getting attention he’s not used to so he dumps his mediocre girlfriend because he thinks he can do better all of a sudden. Only to realize that yeah, they had their ups and downs but they made a decent pair. And maybe he’s not as attractive to potential free agents as he thought he’d be. (I promise I’m not speaking from life experience…) We got greedy guys. We can’t make Schaub a mix tape to make it better.
If Fitzpatrick has as less than mediocre season, the fact that Matt Schaub was the best QB in our short franchise history is going to sting so much more. Should I buy a Tom Savage jersey just to be safe?