Watt on Schaub: 'Every guy in this room believes in him'
The NFL is a quarterback’s league. Win and take the glory. Lose and hear the critics.
Matt Schaub lost.
Schaub completed 34 of 51 passes for 343 yards, two touchdowns and one huge interception in a key moment of the game against the Patriots.
“Have (critics) ever been in his shoes?” J.J. Watt asked in the locker room on Monday as the Texans cleared out their lockers. “If you want to sit here and question our quarterback, that’s fine. But every guy in this room believes in him. And we all trust in him and we all believe that he can take us there. We’re not going to listen to what the outside world says.”
Schaub was seen in the stadium before the locker room open but was not available during the scheduled media availability from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Schaub wasn’t there but plenty of his teammates were happy to go to bat for him.
“I love our quarterback,” said running back Justin Forsett, who will become a free agent this offseason. “You can’t just blame it on one person. There’s a lot of things that we could have done to help ourselves out to get where we wanted to go. It’s a team effort. It’s not an individual sport. We win together, we lose together. We love Matt.”
After throwing for 4,000 yards for the third time in his career, Schaub was named to his second Pro Bowl. But he’s been criticized for being unable to play well enough in an important game. He’s been criticized for being unable to be more than a game-managing quarterback.
“I mean, 345 yards,” said center Chris Myers, in his fifth season with the team. “He had that one pick, but Matt is the guy. Everyone is going to [criticize]; that’s the way the League works. They’re going to pick on the quarterback. They’re going to pick on the head coach when things don’t go well. If the ball would’ve bounced our way and he had the same stats, no one is caring about the pick. No one is caring about certain things that he did. That’s the way it works.
“Matt is our guy. He’s our team captain; he’s always going to be. And whatever happens, happens. But as players, as a team, he’s our leader.”