HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – Tight end Owen Daniels may have a thing or two to say about the recent criticism doled out to quarterback Matt Schaub. Daniels played under center his junior and senior year at Central High School and for three games at Wisconsin before moving to the receiving end of the ball. Daniels says the spotlight is always brighter on the quarterback.
“As a quarterback, I have some experience at that,” Daniels said. “I was not very good. But back in the day in high school and in college, you always kind of got more credit than you deserved when things were going well. And a lot more blame than you probably deserved when things were going bad.
“I think Matt wants to play better this year but that’s no different than anybody else. We all want to play better and all think we could and could have at the end of last season.”
NFL critics wonder if Schaub has what it takes to lead the Texans to a Super Bowl championship.
In a league that grows more dependent on pass-heavy and mobile quarterbacks, Schaub’s lackluster performance during the final month of the regular season was heavily scrutinized. Critics wondered if Schaub had the toughness and leadership skills to lead the Texans moving forward.
Daniels dispelled the notion that Schaub is anything but a leader on and off the field.
“He’s one of the first guys in the weight room everyday,” he said. “He’s getting his work in. He’s grown very well into the leadership role since he’s gotten here in 2007. Everyone follows him. He’s always the one calling us up when the workout’s over and he’ll get us focused on what we need to do. That’s who you expect out of a field general. That’s just what Matt does.”
As for whether or not the criticism is getting to the Texans quarterback, Daniels said it all comes with the territory as far as football is concerned.
“That’s just the nature of the business, man, and Matt understands that,” he added. “He also understands that all that matters is that everyone here has confidence in him. Outside opinions don’t matter that much.”