Schaub Watch 2014: Could He Stay or Should He Go?
You always have to read the signs, and sometimes the signs can be subtle.
Photo by MC Glasgow Should Schaub stay or go?
I've said before that one very underplayed way to gauge where a player stands with a franchise is the pricing of his jerseys in the team store. I've shared the story about going to Cowboys Stadium during the 2011 lockout and seeing Marion Barber's jersey priced at 75 percent off.
Needless to say, as soon as the lockout ended, Marion Barber was a former Dallas Cowboy. Read the signs!
So let's take a look at the Texans apparel website and see what the signs may be telling us, shall we?
Visit the "Clearance" items on the Texans shopping website and you will notice two players whose jerseys are on sale for the standard 40 percent discount. They are Ed Reed, who's been a New York Jet since November, and Matt Schaub.
Safe to say that when your Texans jerseys are being dropped into the same sentence (and same page on an apparel website) as Ed Reed's, that doesn't bode well for your long-term prospects as a Houston Texan.
And yet, with every passing day, it seems like fans around the league, teams around the league and perhaps Schaub's own teammates forget how utterly historically horrific he was in 2013. If you're compiling a list of reasons the Texans' season went off the rails this past year, I think it starts with Schaub.
Still, that didn't stop Andre Johnson (who is either the nicest or most oblivious teammate on the face of the earth) from giving this update on where he thinks the Schaub Situation stands:
"I talked to him, I think it was two weeks ago. I get the feeling that he feels like he's going to be here," Andre Johnson said via CSN Houston.
"No matter what I think, he's going to get a chance to right it. I think he'll get a chance to go out and show people he can go out and play at a high level like he has before, if it's here or somewhere else," Johnson continued via CSN Houston. "I've always said if Matt's not here, he's going to be a starter somewhere else, so I think no matter what happens, he's going to have a chance to show people he can be a top quarterback in this league."