New Texans QB Matt Schaub is not looking back now that he is with the Texans and not the chaos that is now the Atlanta Falcons. Schaub would have been the clear starter right now in Atlanta with Michael Vick gone for who knows how long. Even with that, Schaub has stated that he is happy to be a member of Houston and is clearly looking forward to the future. “I say I’m glad to be here and glad to have this opportunity in Houston and be part of this organization that’s growing and is going to do a lot of good things this year and years to come.” Some rumors popped up that the Falcons, who right now are throwing out Joey Harrington as the starter, offered the Texans two first-round draft choices for Schaub to come back to the team. Houston declined the offer. Now with Schaub entrenched as the teams starter, many questions have been asked about what he knew about Vick, and if he ever had any ideas about the dealings that he had that has now landed him in a federal court with a trial set for November. “Sure they ask questions,” Schaub said of his new teammates. “Some guys ask certain things, joke about things â€” that’s part of being a teammate. I keep in touch with some of the guys [back in Atlanta] I was close to. It’s a tough situation, but they’re professionals, and they’re going about their business trying to prepare themselves as I’m trying to prepare myself.”
Texans owner Bob McNair is another fan of his new QB, which is one reason why the team didn’t seriously entertain any thoughts of shipping Schaub back to his old team. “He’s been the first guy in in the morning, and the last one to leave,” McNair said of Schaub. “He has put out extra effort and he has reached out to his teammates and basically said, ‘Hey, I’m here to be a part of this team, and any way I can help, I’m going to do it.’ ” Those are the types of statements that the team could never make about former QB David Carr, who most of the time seemed to have more of the “deer in headlights” look going more than that of a steady leader. Some of that was not his fault, as the Texans offensive line for history of the franchise has been among the worst in the league. Carr was sacked 249 times in five seasons in Houston.
But now that is all in the past, and Schaub, the Texans, and the city of Houston is looking forward to the team taking steps to becoming a competitive force in the AFC South. “We’ve got a young team, a hungry team. We’ve got a head coach who has played in this league and knows what it takes to be successful, especially at the quarterback position,” McNair sad. The sky’s the limit for this ballclub if we stay healthy and keep working.” Winning eight games in the past two seasons, the team is looking past that, and hoping that the fuure with a new hungry QB like Schaub is just what the doctor ordered for this team to start making some noise in 2007.