Texans quarterback Matt Schaub stopped by ROME on the CBS Sports Network on Wednesday, and for the man who missed the Texans playoff run after he suffered a season-ending foot injury in Week 10 admitted that he still has something he needs to prove in 2012.
After all, he's gone 32-32 as the starter in Houston since he arrived in 2007, and he watched his teammates win the AFC South and beat the Bengals in the playoffs with rookie quarterback T.J. Yates. So yeah, he has something he wants to show.
“I have a lot to prove,” Schaub said. “Every player in this league, you have to prove you're worthy of your place and your role and how you perform as a player. I'm excited for this year and ready to go. I used it as motivation in my rehab to be ready for 2012.”
Schaub called watching his teammates make their playoff run a bittersweet experience for him. He had been around for so many Houston disappointments that he regretted not playing when the team was on such an upswing (well, he did go 7-3 as the starter last season, so obviously, he was a major contributor).
But now, he's back and ready to take the Texans even further in the playoffs. Like, say, the Super Bowl.
“It is the next step for our team,” Schaub said. “All the work we've put in the last few years to get to the point we did last year, the next step is to get to that final game in February. We know we can't win it in August or September. We have to get ready for Week 1 to go out and play at a high level.”
Because he knows opportunities like this won't last forever.
“The window in this league to play and to be successful is very small,” Schaub said. “As a group, we have a few guys who are getting older, but we're hitting our prime. We're excited about where we can go with the young guys we have and the potential that both sides of the ball have.”
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