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Schaub, Johnson know the time is now for Texans

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After missing much of what might have been their best chance at a Super Bowl run a year ago, you’d think Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson might know how fine the line is, how hard it is to reach, and temper expectations.

Nope.

Last year was Houston’s first 10-win season, first playoff berth and first division title.

So both the Texans quarterback and star wide receiver are embracing their role as fashionable picks, and are willing to declare this a “Super Bowl or bust,” kind of year.

“That’s how I feel about it,,” Johnson told NFL.com’s Albert Breer. “That’s the only reason you play the game. I mean, that’s the only reason I play it. You can make the playoffs, go to the AFC championship, [but] if you lose, you’re still getting the same thing the guys who didn’t make the playoffs got.

“The ultimate goal is winning the Super Bowl. That’s it.”

Schaub is no less confident, accepting the role as fair, and deserved.

“We have to have that sense of urgency to go get it,” Schaub said. “Nothing’s gonna be given to you in this league. We have a tough schedule, yes, but we know we have the type of talent in our locker room where we can go out and beat anyone on any given day. For guys like me and Andre, yeah, we’re in Year 9 and 10, but we’re hitting our stride, we’re hitting our prime.

“And we know that window of opportunity is small in this business. The talent level here is so good, we have to embrace every opportunity we have to go play.”

The pressure’s on both. While they earned their acclaim, the Texans are now defined by an excellent defense.

So if they’re going to fulfill what they believe to be their destiny, Schaub and Johnson are going to be present. If so, the Texans will have to be accounted for.

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15 Responses to “Schaub, Johnson know the time is now for Texans”
  1. dalucks says: Aug 14, 2012 8:03 PM

    Texans fans fell the same way but Coach Kubiak needs to be more aggressive with his play calling to achieve that goal. With his 47-49 record the past 6 seasons, he has as more to prove than any player on the roster.

  2. raynman49 says: Aug 14, 2012 8:14 PM

    If Andre Johnson stays healthy, they’ve got a hell of a shot.

  3. gaykegayden says: Aug 14, 2012 8:51 PM

    Yeah dalucks, we only have one of the best running back tandems in the NFL plus a top 10 defense. Let’s forget about controlling the clock and be aggressive by airing it out to a bunch of rookie receivers and give our opposition every opportunity to stay in the game- Gayke Gayden

  4. txtuff says: Aug 14, 2012 9:05 PM

    The Year Of The Bull!

  5. txxxchief says: Aug 14, 2012 9:49 PM

    Schaub knows his manly Johnson will take it to the next level in Houston this season.

  6. kahnsbushymustache says: Aug 14, 2012 10:14 PM

    please… even a blind dog finds a bone every once in a while.

  7. jvillenole says: Aug 14, 2012 10:38 PM

    Easily the most overrated team in the league. 10-6 last year, and 3-3 in a weak division. This team has done nothing but talk about how good they should be for five years and running. For a team that has only had two winning seasons ever, my how they sure do a lot of talking.

  8. gaykegayden says: Aug 14, 2012 11:38 PM

    @jvillenole
    A) You’re a Jag fan so anything you say on the matter regarding the Texans is instantly funny
    B) They were actually 4-2 I’m the division with meaningless losses in weeks 16 and 17

    @dalucks
    Great idea, let’s just ignore arguably the best running back tandem in football and a top 10 defense and air it out to rookie receivers and a fragile AJ. Who needs to control the clock? Let’s be “aggressive by going air attack and inviting every opponent to stay in the game.

    Gayke Gayden

  9. mikelitoris1 says: Aug 14, 2012 11:43 PM

    That’s all well and good, but good luck getting through Blaine Gabbert and starting RB Rashad Jennings, who gonna be Jaguaring their way to the Superbowl!

  10. Andre's Johnson says: Aug 15, 2012 12:02 AM

    LOL @ Jville

    Clearly “jville” is Jacksonville. You have a crappy QB, an absent RB, a suspect team elsewhere…and you are hating on the Texans?

    U mad bro?

  11. regulator01 says: Aug 15, 2012 12:07 AM

    im sure that happyfooted QB you have in jacksonville is gonna get you guys there hahaha

  12. simpleghost says: Aug 15, 2012 12:07 AM

    Jvillenole sounds mad. When was the last time the jags were relevant?

  13. discosucs2005 says: Aug 15, 2012 12:31 AM

    If the other Texas franchise had a QB, RB, and WR of this caliber, to go with a decent defense p, they would be Super Bowl favorites every year.

  14. nastyjag says: Aug 15, 2012 1:31 AM

    Sorry Texans, you guys don’t get a free pass through the division this year. The Jags passing offense has finally started to come alive. Not a cakewalk anymore. You MIGHT get 2-4 in the division…i’m just sayin..

  15. discosucs2005 says: Aug 16, 2012 7:18 PM

    “You MIGHT get 2-4 in the division…i’m just sayin..”

    But lets not pretend those 2 wins are coming from the Jags.

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