If there's one guy on this team who really knows Matt Schaub, it's Antonio Smith. He said of Schaub last week "he's got his mojo back". Schaub took to the podium on Wednesday following practice where we had the opportunity to ask him what he thought of what Smith said. So, I did.
"I'm right in line. I mean, Antonio - it says a lot," said Schaub. "That's a great compliment, coming from a teammate. I've known Antonio now six, seven years. For him to say that, it's one of my guys. We've been together through thick and thin. I've never lost it. It never went anywhere. But for him to notice that, we're heading in the right direction."
To hear Schaub say he never lost his confidence last season is a little surprising. He looked like if anything he lost last season, his confidence would be in the forefront. He threw 14 interceptions, six of which were returns for touchdowns and he was benched for an undrafted free agent.
Even after everything that happened last season, Schaub says he never let it shake him. And he laughs off criticisms that call his confidence into question.
"I do, just like I got a little smirk on my face now," He added. "Yeah, because you can't make it anywhere in this game without having confidence through the roof. You're going to go through ups and downs as a player. It's how you bounce back from it. It's how you move forward. You've got to put everything behind you whether it's good or bad. It's about the next thing in front."
There's no way to know for sure if Schaub really lost his confidence last season. If this season we discover he has his mojo, it's entirely possible he had it all along and other factors were at work.
So, really it comes down to the fundamental difference between Justin Timberlake's claim he was "bringing sexy back", and Prince who responded; "sexy never left."