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ONE-TWO PUNCH
Tim Layden
August 05, 2008
The pass-catch combo of Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson has given the Texans pop—and promise
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August 05, 2008

One-two Punch

The pass-catch combo of Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson has given the Texans pop—and promise

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AFTER THE VICTORY over the Panthers, Johnson moved slowly out of the dressing room, the pain from a sprained left knee soothed by the balm of victory. Fifteen feet away Schaub sat in a corner, grinding his way through a series of radio interviews as producers handed him cellphones and BlackBerries. He has prepared for this role too, the Face of the Franchise. "I studied what Mike went through with the media and the public [before the dogfighting charges]," says Schaub. "I saw good things, and I saw bad things. I imagined how things should be done when I was in that role. One thing I know for sure: If you win, you've got to come back and prove it again next week."

Leaving now, pulling a rolling suitcase behind him, playing his role. For three years Schaub waited to call an NFL team his own. Now that team is unbeaten in two games, demanding the respect they never had. "What am I doing with that?" he asks. "Looking for number three."

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