Quick fanpost here guys.
Something really bothered me towards the end of the Patriots Texans game. Something other than the lopsided score, something other than the typical favoring of the Patriots by the referees. It was Matt Schaub's attitude, as well as his priorities. I was watching Schaub with 30 seconds left on the Patriots 40 yard line. At this point i was simply praying that they would complete the hail mary they were about to attempt, therefore giving them a chance at an onside kick.
Instead, I watched Schaub throw a 9 yard pass over the middle to Andre Johnson, it was incomplete, which was actually good for the Texans. At this point i began to yell at my TV, telling Schaub to grow a pair and take a necessary shot at the end zone. I was sure he would do it the next play, with about 20 seconds remaining. Instead, Schaub decided to throw another short pass across the middle and watch the clock run out.
I was shocked. The way I see it: If there is a chance to win the game, especially with the season on the line, you take it. He had nothing to lose by throwing an INT in the end zone. Nothing. You may consider the game a lost cause, or the Schaub's actions being no big deal, but I was taught to play the game to win. Brett Favre would have gone endzone there, Tom Brady would have, Peyton Manning, John Elway, hell even Mcnabb. Because those are guys who wanted nothing more than to win. Guys who worked too hard to simply give up
It was a disturbing display of shameless stat padding by Schaub, in a playoff game. And despite all the problems our current/past(?) QB has, there is no doubt that Fitzy would've at least tried to get the ball down the field. Because there has never been a doubt in my mind that Fitzpatrick cares more about the team than his personal stats. Even if you have a 0.5% chance of winning, you take that chance before you give it away. Everyone in that locker room has worked too hard all season to not even attempt to win. So i'd just like to take this time to thank the football gods that we don't have Matt Schaub.
"I would rather play with 10 people and just get penalized all the way until we got to do something else, rather than play with 11 when I know that right now that person is not sold out to be a part of this team. It is more about them than it is about the team. Cannot play with them. Cannot win with them. Cannot coach with them. Can't do it. - Mike Singletary