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Schaub pulls plug on his Twitter account

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On Sunday, a handful of Texans fans destroyed a Matt Schaub jersey with fire.  At some point since then, Schaub has destroyed his Twitter account, presumably without the use of flames.

Nick Wright of 610 SportsRadio in Houston passes along the word that he’s noticed Schaub’s account, @mschaub8, no longer exists.  (Wright doesn’t know the reason, but he — like we — think the timing is odd.)

If Schaub dumped the account because he is getting peppered by “haters,” it’s a far different strategy for dealing with criticism than the one employed by the next quarterback Schaub will face, on Sunday Night Football.  49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick revels in the harsh comments, selecting them as “favorite” tweets so that they can give him motivation.

As Gantt pointed out in the emails the PFT writers (some of which are fit for print, and some aren’t), there’s a chance that the Twitter account still exists — and that Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has intercepted it and is running the other way, sans a shoe.

There’s also a chance that coach Gary Kubiak pulled the plug on the account, if deleting Twitter is an audible Schaub doesn’t have the power to call.

UPDATE 10:25 a.m. ET:  The Texans say that Schaub dumped the Twitter account in January.  Possibly after losing on the road in blowout fashion to the Patriots?

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25 Responses to “Schaub pulls plug on his Twitter account”
  1. Smarterthanyou says: Oct 1, 2013 9:02 AM

    The Texans Super Bowl window is shut. The Chiefs are the AFC favorites now, and will continue to be for the next dozen years.

  2. serkeljerks says: Oct 1, 2013 9:05 AM

    “Well, that escalated quickly! I mean that really got out of hand fast!”

    –Ron Burgundy

  3. illogic87 says: Oct 1, 2013 9:06 AM

    If I were a pro athlete I would not have a twitter account. People out there are nuts and take this game way to seriously. Burning Jerseys? Really?

  4. ccjcsr says: Oct 1, 2013 9:07 AM

    Weak minded individuals! Don’t know how he lasted soo long.

  5. osiris33 says: Oct 1, 2013 9:12 AM

    Schaub didn’t lose that game for the Texans. Seattle’s players and staff outsmarted them on the pick-6 and lured them into making a bad play. That’s why Sherman made the ditch digging motion when he scored. That play was the result of hard work by the scouts, coaches and players.

  6. lennydpocketqb says: Oct 1, 2013 9:26 AM

    Sad. One of the great tweeters of our time is gone.

  7. keepingitrealdumb says: Oct 1, 2013 9:34 AM

    smart decision .. too bad he didn’t make a smart decision on the field .. but this .. this was a smart move

  8. ctiggs says: Oct 1, 2013 9:36 AM

    He knows what is about to go down in the stick, this weekend.#goNINERS

  9. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 1, 2013 9:40 AM

    Schaub is so thin skinned. That’s why he always folds while the real pressure is on.

  10. mullman76 says: Oct 1, 2013 9:45 AM

    Twitter is a forum for cowards.

    While the idea seemed great at first, it has now become the bane of internet existence.

    Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and the whole lot are self-serving, “hey, check me out!” shouts for acceptance and approval.

    Post pics, tweet and carry on if you must, if you have to.

  11. 50brady23moss says: Oct 1, 2013 10:11 AM

    hahaa the last couple of lines of this article are pure gold. Well played, Florio.

  12. emoney12 says: Oct 1, 2013 10:22 AM

    Boom! Schaub is going to need lotion for that burn.

  13. htown1035 says: Oct 1, 2013 10:39 AM

    osiris33 says:
    Oct 1, 2013 9:12 AM
    Schaub didn’t lose that game for the Texans. Seattle’s players and staff outsmarted them on the pick-6 and lured them into making a bad play. That’s why Sherman made the ditch digging motion when he scored. That play was the result of hard work by the scouts, coaches and players.
    ——————————————
    Both teams work on each others’ plays – that’s what every NFL team does during practice. It was a bad play call at that situation and it was a bad decision for Schaub to throw it.

  14. amarsh12 says: Oct 1, 2013 10:39 AM

    matt schaub is as afraid of Texans fans as he is of Richard Sherman!!!!!

  15. broadstbully says: Oct 1, 2013 10:42 AM

    In other words, this article is 9 months late.

  16. newjerseygiants says: Oct 1, 2013 10:47 AM

    Attention All Pro Athletes: Nobody really give a $#!t what you have to say on Twitter. The vast majority of you aren’t exactly compelling, thought provoking, interesting and intelligent.

  17. rajbais says: Oct 1, 2013 10:49 AM

    Doesn’t anyone (including Florio) realize that Schaub is a person?

    People act as if not having a Super Bowl chance is the end of the world and that Schaub is the worst thing on Earth.

    What has the world come to?

    Also, is the Mike Shanahan pedigree that great?

    If the Texans are a great organization why was Kubiak on the hot seat in prior years??

    The Texans failed Schaub and they didn’t help him earlier on when he needed help.

    Schaub has made watchers sick, but why can’t the team get blame for not winning early when it’s better to (ie before Wade Phillips came).

    Look at Flacco, Rodgers, Eli Manning, and Roethlisberger. They had well-built teams and they were able to feed off those units and take their teams to Super Bowls.

  18. orivar says: Oct 1, 2013 11:04 AM

    Who caves more under pressures; Matt Schaub or Matt Ryan?

  19. jpb12 says: Oct 1, 2013 11:14 AM

    Can’t imagine if he actually played in a major market

  20. demo1984 says: Oct 1, 2013 11:22 AM

    Funny how fans are upset by this. Why, because now they can say say things to a person that they would NEVER dare say face to face with twitter. Now they are no longer tough guys saying what is on their mind and are relagated to being the PUNKS they really are when you use social media to be tough. Pathetic

  21. jimthebuilder27 says: Oct 1, 2013 11:39 AM

    Who folds more? Matt Ryan.

    Schaub isn’t great but he has twice as many playoff wins (2) than Matt Ryan (1). And I can’t stand either QB by the way.

  22. rhamrhoddy says: Oct 1, 2013 11:41 AM

    Houston fans burning his jersey? Weirdos.

  23. JSpicoli says: Oct 1, 2013 12:22 PM

    Narcicist generation

  24. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 1, 2013 12:59 PM

    jimthebuilder27 says:
    Oct 1, 2013 11:39 AM
    Who folds more? Matt Ryan.

    Schaub isn’t great but he has twice as many playoff wins (2) than Matt Ryan (1). And I can’t stand either QB by the way.

    _________________________________

    Actually Schaub has only 1… TJ Yates QB’d the Texans in the playoffs in 2011.

    And I saw fans buying Schaub jerseys on the way out of the game just to burn them….

    No offense but I seriously doubt Kaepernick is getting this kind of heat in SF for his 2-2 start…

  25. texanperry says: Oct 1, 2013 5:24 PM

    Fair weather fans burn jerseys. Die hard fans do not. It’s sickening and disgusting. I live in Houston and I’ve been a Texans fans since day one.

    No, we don’t have the best QB and head coach in the league, but I’m still a big fan.

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