HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – Texans owner Bob McNair isn’t buying into the Peyton Manning saga, which has NFL fans and teams furiously chasing after the All-Pro quarterback who’s free agency was announced after 14 seasons with the Colts.
McNair has become the first owner to publicly announce he has no interest in Manning joining his team.
“The teams looking at Peyton, who’s been a terrific quarterback … as he says, he’s 80 to 85 percent healthy,” McNair said about Manning during an interview on SportsRadio 610. “But you don’t know if he’s going to get to 100 percent. So there are a lot of risks they’ll be taking because they can’t work him out.”
Matt Schaub is entering his sixth season as the starting quarterback in Houston, but he’s never been the convincing fan favorite for the job in the way Manning, an 11-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl MVP, has been with Colts fans.
Some of Houston’s fan base have been calling for anybody else – Vince Young, Sage Rosenfels, TJ Yates – to lead the Texans offensively. And even now – after all the success the Texans have enjoyed with Schaub under center – some fans are convinced more success cannot be found unless Manning is given Schaub’s job.
McNair squashed all those ideas and stands by his man.
“We have a quarterback we’re happy with,” McNair said of Schaub, who was unable to finish the 2011 season because of a foot injury. “(His) foot’s going to be fine. He’s got a great arm, and he can take us to a championship.
“We’re in good shape in that regard. We’re more concerned with keeping our core players and trying to re-sign them as opposed to bringing in someone else.”