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Matt Schaub for President

May 22, 2007 – 11:35 AM
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Stephanie Stradley

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Here's a recent video interview of Matt Schaub on the Houston Chronicle columnist John McClain's NFL blog, talking about the transition from being a backup quarterback in Atlanta to being a starter in Houston. It's worth a peek, though the windy conditions do really unfortunate things to their hair.

It's been interesting reading the off-season coverage about Schaub because every single article seems to be about his amazing leadership abilities. Here's a representative sample:

"Offseason Workouts Offers Chance to Begin Process of Leading Team."
Houston Chronicle, April 4, 2007
"Texans' Johnson: New QB Schaub 'a leader.", April 3, 2007
"Schaub Embracing New Team", May 16, 2007
"Schaub Taking Over as Texans Leader" AP, May 17, 2007

So in other words, he's trying to get chemistry with his teammates, come in early and stay late, bla bla blah. Basically, everything that someone that a NFL quarterback is expected to do. Why is this news? The obvious implied subtext is that this is in contrast to David Carr, who is reputed not to be a good leader and is happy to be on the bench in Carolina.

Though I certainly recognize the importance of leadership to the quarterback position, I am starting to see this coverage as almost comically exaggerated.

That before he takes a snap as Texans starting QB, Schaub is such a leader that the U.S. Constitution should be changed to lower the age limit for President. (And perhaps if Carr had been more of a leader, he wouldn't have been sacked so much, and there would be peace in the Middle East?) It just seems to me that all the Matt Schaub as leader articles are laying it on a little thick for a QB who is just doing the things that QBs are supposed to do.
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