How Many Things Can You Find Wrong With This Texans Article From 2012?
WARNING: Following the instructions I'm about to give you will cause great mental pain and anguish, but damn, if everyone's pissed at Matt Schaub, let's go all the way in. No half steppin'.
Looking back is painful.
Flashback to March 2012, the Peyton Manning Sweepstakes.
The future Hall of Famer was coming off of career-threatening neck surgery and a reasonably respectful sendoff (as NFL sendoffs go) in Indianapolis as they prepared for Andrew Luck's arrival in April. Despite a one-season medical hiatus at the age of 35 for Manning, a gaggle of NFL franchises were lined up to put the welfare of their franchises in his hands.
For some teams, the upside of what at the time was a highly risky Manning signing far outweighed whatever hope their current quarterbacks inspired. In short, banged up, possibly noodle-armed Peyton "greater than" (picture the ">" sign here) Jake Locker, Alex Smith, Tim Tebow or anybody wearing an Arizona Cardinals uniform.
One name conspicuously absent from that list of teams: your Houston Texans.
We all remember the Texans' narrative at that time, which went something like this:
"The Texans are one of the best teams in the AFC. With a young, hard-hitting defense and some of the best skill guys in the league, the only thing that was holding them back from the Super Bowl last season was an injury to quarterback Matt Schaub!"
All of which may have been true, none of which meant that Matt Schaub was a better solution than Peyton Manning. Perhaps it should have been a red flag at that time that missing games drove Matt Schaub's stock higher than anything he did actually playing in games.
At the time, the Texans were mentioned prominently in the Manning Sweepstakes, largely because the rumor was that Peyton Manning wanted to play for the Texans. At the time, Texans owner Bob McNair was asked about the possibility of Manning becoming a Texan, and he had several thoughts on the topic.
In an article that I was able to dig up off of NFL.com, McNair discussed Peyton Manning and the Texans' 2012 offseason. This is not to pick on Bob McNair, who on the scale of owners is about as good as a city could ask for, but let's see how many things we find "wrong" with the article.
Yes, after Peyton Manning just finished off a torrid three-game start and Matt Schaub finished off a game where he didn't throw a ball farther than 15 yards down the field, I want to do this. If you're scared, I got no need for ya!
[This is where I take out a bottle of Gentleman Jack and a shot glass to help make it through the article]
Here we go....