Even though his Twitter account was deleted some time ago, Matt Schaub still has a sense he might not be the most popular guy around Houston right now.
The general discontent over his three straight weeks of pick-sixes and a disappointing 2-2 start even led one fan to burn Schaub’s jersey.
But the Texans quarterback had a message for that textile arsonist, and everyone else pounding him.
“My goal is to make sure, when we’re done [with] this thing at the end of the year, he’s going back out, and he’s going to get one [No. 8 jersey] to wear,” Schaub said, via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
Doing so would require Schaub to set aside last week’s come-from-ahead loss, which he admitted was his toughest moment in the league.
“Yeah, I definitely think so,” he said. “[But] you know what? I don’t have time to really even process any of that, because it’s on to the next [game].
“You don’t have time to look at the rearview mirror, good or bad. You have to have a short-term memory, or you’re going to be affected. That’s not the way I am. That’s not the way this team is.
“I’ve been around [criticism] enough that you just tune it out. You don’t even pay attention to it. You just go out and cut it loose.”
Doing so against San Francisco’s defense is going to be a tough call, but Schaub’s going to have to win a tough one to ever take the heat off.