So this week we face and old friend. Matt Shaub has really gotten things going in Houston and I have to say that I am happy for him and do want to see him succeed, JUST NOT THIS WEEKEND! This gives me an chance to vent about something that has always bugged me.
People call the Falcons stupid for trading him away. I am reminded of another backup QB that we traded away many years ago. Another situation that Falcons haters always point to as a huge mistake. Of course I am referring to Brett Favre. In both these cases, the logic is there. Favre was an underacheiver that always landed in the coaches doghouse. He himself conceeds that things just were not right here. He had a reputation of partiying a lot in Buckhead and not bothering to study the playbook. So let's see. Another team dangles a first round pick for a player that didn't want to be here and most likely would have just flamed out here. You can't blame the Falcons for that as I firmly believe that Brett Favre would not have become the "Brett Favre" that we know if he stayed here.
The Shaub deal is very much the same thing. The Falcons got offered some really nice draft picks for a player that certainly would have left the next year as a free agent thereby the Falcons pretty much getting nothing in return. I really doubt that the Falcons braintrust were thinking "Hmm, what if our starting QB turns out to be a felon, maybe we should keep Shaub?".
So there it is. The Falcons in either of these cases were not the victim of poor judgement but rather of cruel irony.