Sage Rosenfels has stated several times that he wants to be a starting quarterback in the NFL, and being that he’s a competitor that’s exactly what you would expect to hear. After filling in for seven games a year ago, and once this season, Rosenfels will get another shot to lead the Texans as starting quarterback Matt Schaub has reportedly gone down with a MCL tear.
Schaub described the injury in Sunday’s post game press conference.
“There were two occasions when my knee kind of rolled – the first play and then later on in the beginning of the second quarter when I hit Owen after I audibled down the middle of the field. That was the second one,” Schaub explained.
Schaub, not being the most mobile quarterback in the league was having noticeable issues in the first half moving around, and Texans head coach Gary Kubiak decided to make the move to Rosenfels at halftime.
“He (Schaub) was convinced he could stay,” Kubiak said. “I watched as he worked through that second quarter, he still made a couple of plays. But when he came in at halftime, the knee had swelled. It had obviously stiffened up when I watched him come out in the second half and try to drop back. After what the doctors had told me and what I saw, it made no sense. I thought Sage gave us the best chance.”
Rosenfels will have to give the Texans the best chance to win for the foreseeable future, as an MCL tear will likely cause Matt Schaub to miss at least a month. On the season, Rosenfels has completed 42 of his 62 pass attempts, for 470 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions, and he has a quarterback rating of 92.8.
Rosenfels described coming in on short notice Sunday. “As a back up for years, it’s something that I’ve sort of gotten accustomed to, but you never want to see a teammate go down. We came close to the end, but it wasn’t enough.”
Sage has been the consummate professional regarding the quarterback situation over the last two years, while many people believe that he should be the starter.
“I’m not sure about Matt’s injury, but hopefully he’ll be back as soon as possible because he’s a good player,” Rosenfels said. “He’s a very good player for this football team.”
In Rosenfels’ last starting experience; he played three and a half quarters of nearly flawless football before absolute disaster struck he and the Texans. While trying to protect a 10-point lead with less than four minutes left, Sage dove for what would’ve been a game-clinching first down. While in air, Rosenfels was “helicoptered” and lost the football which Colts linebacker Gary Brackett picked up and ran down the sidelines for a touchdown. On the ensuing possession, Sage was hit from behind and stripped, and the Colts scored a go-ahead touchdown. To put the icing on the cake, Sage was then picked off in the Texans last ditch effort to come back. Sage spoke about what it was like to play Sunday for the first time since the debacle.
“We’ll it was hard after the Colts game to sit back for four weeks and contemplate the mistakes I made in that game,” Rosenfels said. “But it was nice to be out there and just execute and be with the guys and make things happen. We moved the ball up and down the field in the fourth quarter. We just didn’t make the plays we needed to make.”
Rosenfels will have to put those bad feelings aside next week and try to lead his team against the very stingy Baltimore Ravens defense.