Brown sad to see Schaub go, thinks he’ll do well

Brown sad to see Schaub go, thinks he’ll do well
March 21, 2014, 5:15 pm
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As the news of Matt Schaub’s trade broke on Friday, Pro Bowl left tackle Duane Brown was sad to see his friend and teammate leave Houston but excited to see what future success waits for Schaub in Oakland.

Schaub, 32, was traded to the Raiders on Friday for a sixth-round pick. Aside from being the team’s quarterback since 2007, Schaub was also a favorite teammate for many Texans, Brown included.

“I’m sad to see him go,” Brown said on the phone Friday afternoon. “He’s been a great friend and teammate to me since I’ve been here.”

Schaub went to two Pro Bowls and threw for over 4,000 yards in three of his seven seasons with the Texans. But in 2013, he hit hard times, throwing pick-6s in four consecutive games before losing his starting gig to unproven Case Keenum.

But aside from the struggles on the field, Schaub had plenty to deal with off of it too. From pundits blasting him to fans burning jerseys and booing him to a few even showing up at his house, 2013 wasn’t an easy year for the Texans’ quarterback.

Going to Oakland gives him a fresh start. And for that, Brown is happy.

“Yeah, I’m happy for him,” Brown said. “He went through a lot last year on and off the field and I’m sure it was difficult on him. It’s good for him to get to show what he can do. I think he will do great. Matt has a lot of talent and I think getting a fresh start, he’ll do great.”

By trading Schaub and cutting Owen Daniels just before the start of free agency, the Texans cut ties with two of their longest-tenured players. Earlier this offseason, wideout Andre Johnson said he’s come to learn that it’s just a part of the business. Brown hasn’t been in the league quite as long but he’s already seen most his first teammates leave.

“You never really get used to it,” he said. “I’ve been here seven years and I’ve seen guys come and go, guys that have been here since my rookie year. Guys like Matt and (Owen Daniels). It just sucks.”