Since the day that Gary Kubiak & Co. brought Matt Schaub to our beloved Texans to supplant the misery that was David Carr, I have had mixed emotions about who and what I thought Matt was about/could potentially be.. I'm no football expert, though I did play the game up though high school, watch and understand schemes and concepts much more than the average fan and consider myself pretty passionate in my research of Texans' personnel. That having been said, I had an inkling (as I'm sure many had) that Schaub would excel within Kubiak's offensive philosophy. I was confident that he was a cerebral-type QB capable of taking on complex schemes and making solid decisions with the ball.. however, I was also aware of his physical limitations and never felt like his physical abilities could ever make him an elite quarterback.. I felt/still feel strongly that would most certainly have to be achieved from his intelligence with the ball in his hands.. Over time (and especially after he got past his "injury-prone" status), it became clear that he was exactly what Kubiak and the franchise had hoped for when projecting his physical ability to be über-accurate in the short to intermediate pass and mental capacity to actually make it work. We can all see the positives Matt brings to the team and we have all learned (..well most of us) to accept what he is physically incapable of, which brings me to the point of this open letter: what cannot be measured about a player.. THEIR HEART TO WIN.
Matt, I (we) have supported you thought thick and thin, from your small triumphs to your bone-headed and untimely mistakes and through it all there's only been one lingering question for me.. HOW MUCH DO YOU WANT THE "W"? I'm there by your side, cheering you on when you've lighting up the place, but I'm also there hurting with you when I see the stymied and bewildered look you get sometimes when facing a team at it's best. I want to feel like I'm reading the expression of a man possessed with the heart to win no matter how good the other team is playing or how badly we might be.. Oddly, it was so apparent that the Texans are a more talented team. But the heart of the team refusing to lose dominated last Sunday. No offense, but the
piss-poor effort that I saw on the last play of the game has me yearning for you to prove that you have the heart to win no matter what the question burning brighter and than ever. I saw a man who could have kept the ball in his own hands with a couple of lanes to the endzone.. to the "W". How big is your heart to win, Matt?.. how much do you want the "W"? Hurry, while the verdict is still out.