Schaub story brings memory of Palmer
OCT 09, 2013 6:23p ET
According to a report by Fred Davis of Houston radio station KILT-AM (610)'s "The Fred and Ted Show", a fan approached Schaub at his home and voiced his displeasures vehemently and directly to Schaub on Monday while another person allegedly took pictures of Schaub's family before leaving without any physical harm coming to anyone. The incident, according to the initial report, caused Schaub to contact NFL Security, which in turn sought the help of the Houston Police Department in investigating the matter.
NFL vice-president of security Jeff Miller confirmed that an incident took place to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The HPD disputed how the reports were characterized via its Twitter account, saying officers were not called to the scene.
Wednesday afternoon at his weekly press conference, Schaub denied knowledge of anyone showing up at his home and screaming obscenities, although he confirmed he has contacted Texans security about people repeatedly driving by his home. HPD confirmed the Schaub family had filed a report regarding two separate trespassers.
The truth of what happened is in there somewhere. The disturbing bottom line is that something happened. Worse is that even if it happened only in a mild form of the initial report, it's not an unbelievable story.
Schaub has had an interception returned for a touchdown in four straight games, something no other quarterback in NFL history has ever done. He's been intercepted eight games in a row dating back to last season, including providing the Bengals their lone touchdown in the wild card game last January when Leon Hall returned one 21 yards for a score.
That's still no reason to go to the man's house.
Today's instantaneous world of the Internet, chat rooms, message boards and Twitter allow people to post their thoughts, celebrations and frustrations to the universe anonymously and without consequence. It's often times juvenile, often times crude.
Sports are emotional. The best players and coaches know how to control and channel their emotions at the most critical times. So do the best fans. It's easy to tell those who aren't up to the challenge.
Unfortunately in today's society, these kinds of stories have become more commonplace.
"It's not like he came to the guy's house and did a construction job and screwed it up, a pipe burst and his whole house flooded," said Bengals center Kyle Cook. "It is unacceptable. There are certain ways to handle yourself and obviously that's not one of them."
Following a rough 2010 season, Carson Palmer wanted out of Cincinnati. He and his family had to deal not only with a barrage of criticism via normal outlets but excessive incidents like trash being dumped on his front lawn. Things like that helped him make his decision to ask for a trade.
Take a look at Twitter sometime and search #AndyDalton. Some people are quite creative (#sarcasm). Dalton has been far from perfect but the Bengals are 3-2 and he's made big plays when he's needed to this season, including in wins against Green Bay and New England when he's gone 40-of-55 for 447 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
"You've got to do your best to filter out all of that stuff that's going on the outside," said Dalton. "It's like I've said about social media – anybody can say anything they want and have no consequences for it. You can't worry about that. You've just got to worry about the people that do know what’s going on."
Dalton has led the Bengals to the playoffs in each of his first two seasons. Those two seasons have raised expectations.
Expectations are high in Houston, as well. The Texans have knocked the Bengals out of the postseason each of the last two seasons only to lose in the divisional round. Just as fans in Cincinnati wonder if Dalton is the quarterback to lead them beyond one-and-done playoff appearances, Texans fans fear Schaub has taken the team as far as he can.
It's a fair question. Schaub is not playing well but he will start this week at home against St. Louis. Whether or not head coach Gary Kubiak stays with him for the long haul remains to be seen. Hopefully fans can live with that within the normal boundaries of reaction.
"When you hear stories, like a Matt Schaub situation, it's terrible to read that just because it's tough," said Hall. "He obviously doesn't do what he's been doing on purpose, and for somebody to come to his house is crossing the line. I can understand that fans are passionate about their sports but, that's tough… It's not a good idea for anyone to do that, regardless of how passionate you are about a given sport. It’s somebody’s private life."
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