Matt Schaub closes his Twitter account amid rising pressure on Houston Texans quarterback

Eric Edholm

In case you had not heard, Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub closed his Twitter account on Tuesday. Who knows, maybe Richard Sherman intercepted it?

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There are myriad reasons why someone elects to deactivate their Twitter profile. Maybe they are busy. Maybe bored with it. Or maybe — conspiracy-theory alert here — just maybe he had been receiving some hate tweets from his once-loyal followers.

Of course, we've since come to find out that Schaub hadn't exactly been active on Twitter of late.

If you have not been following Schaub (on Twitter, or in life) or the Texans, they fell to 2-2 with back-to-back losses — and did so Sunday in crushing fashion, after dominating the Seattle Seahawks for much of the game. Schaub, in particular, has come under fire. It marked the third straight game in which he threw a pick-six interception, and an ornery pack of fans burned his jerseys in effigy in the Reliant Stadium parking lots afterwards.

But it begs the question: Did he need to delete it and set off this silly firestorm? It just seems to look bad on the surface, even if it came at the suggestion of a well-intended public-relations person. Couldn't Schaub have just, you know, ignored it and let it remain dormant until the offseason or something? It might be that Twitter is his cookie jar: If it's there, he's going in. Or it could be that his friends and family hated reading the Schaub-centric criticism. Who knows?

Athletes in particular take some rather interesting approaches to the social-media tool when the fire rises. Witness Colin Kaepernick and his practice of "favoriting" all the haters' tweets. That approach, we think, is rather novel.

Schaub signed a four-tear, $62 million extension about 11 months ago, but the Texans might not be completely shackled to him. There reportedly is an out in the deal that could allow the team to walk away at the cost of about $10.5 million in salary-cap hits spread out over the next two seasons.

These next 12 games could decide whether the team sticks with their quarterback, or moves on next season. And depending on what happens there (sarcasm, folks) clearly will have a direct impact on whether Schaub re-opens the doors on Twitter. Just promise to be a little nicer to him if he ever does come back.

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