For­mer Vick backup now fo­cused on Tex­ans

The Covington News - - SPORTS -

HOUS­TON— Matt Schaub doesn’t deal in con­jec­ture and sup­po­si­tion.

Think­ing about how things would be if he were still in At­lanta is an ex­er­cise in fu­til­ity.

Be­sides, the quar­ter­back has more im­por­tant things to fo­cus on.

The for­mer backup be­hind Michael Vick in At­lanta has his first start­ing job in Hous­ton for a team that has never had a win­ning record, but has had plenty of pro­tec­tion prob­lems. Oh, and the Tex­ans’ first and only other starter, one-time No. 1 pick David Carr, was run out of town af­ter five dis­ap­point­ing sea­sons.

“No what ifs,” Schaub said. “There’s a rea­son for ev­ery­thing and I’m just glad to be here.”

It seems ev­ery­one in the fran­chise is happy Schaub is in Hous­ton. The same likely can’t be said for a Fal­cons or­ga­ni­za­tion be­ing forced to rely on the un­der­achiev­ing Joey Har­ring­ton as Vick sits out to de­fend him­self against fed­eral dog­fight­ing charges.

The 6-foot-5 Schaub backed up Vick for three sea­sons be­fore be­ing traded to the Tex­ans in March— a lit­tle more than a month be­fore the dog­fight­ing scan­dal erupted.

He said he hasn’t talked to Vick since then.

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