J.J. Watt comes to Matt Schaub’s defense: “Have they ever been in his shoes?”

The probable defensive player of the year J.J Watt came to the defense of Texans quarterback Matt Schaub after heavy criticism after the divisional playoff loss to New England.

Why Schaub would come under fire is curious to say the least, he doesn’t play defense, and that’s where the Texans lost the game. The Patriots put up 41 offensive points, the second time this year the Patriots scored over 40 on the Texans.

Sure, in the regular season Schaub didn’t play well, but Schaub did as much he could do with an offense that has only two viable threats in Arian Foster and Andre Johnson. Watt was vocal about the defending the Texans signal caller:

“Have they ever been in his shoes?” Watt said of the critics. “If you want to sit here and question our quarterback, that’s fine. But every guy in this room believes in him. We all trust and believe that he can take us there. We’re not going to listen to what the outside world says,” according to Jose de Jesus Ortiz and David Barron of the Houston Chronicle.

Schaub spoke Monday about the critics:

“If anyone out there, any listeners, have lost confidence in me or this team, I don’t know what to say to them,” he said on his show. “Everyone in this locker room gave it up as much as we could for each other, for our team, for our organization, for our city.

“Ultimately, we didn’t make enough plays in that ballgame to win the game, but we’re going to go right back to the drawing board, right back to that wall. We’re going to bust through it one of these days.”