MATT THOMAS: WE HAVE AN EDITOR
There are very few in this market it pains me to write about in a negative light because I like them. To be honest this wouldn't have even been an article an article until I questioned myself "did Matt really say what I thought he said". Trust me you will find out what "he said" shortly.
When I hear a media person attack a Professional athlete and they don't know the fundamentals of the professional athlete's job, it really gets my blood boiling. We got a taste of this last year when Rich Lord could not tell Craig Shelton (1430) the basics of the 3.4 defense. Although Rich Lord ejected, that is baby food compared to the conversation between Craig and Matt Thomas.
Let me set this up, Matt Thomas along with all of the media in Houston has suddenly keyed in on Jacoby Jones (Scapegoat Jones). Matt Thomas ended his weekly interview with Mike Florio (PFT) and said he had two callers on hold, he would get to them after the break. Matt took the first call and proceeded to the next call, Craig. Craig's beginning statement was Schaub should have ran the ball and he had NFL players who agreed with them (ND Kalu, Tony Brackens and Marcus Coleman). If Schaub would have ran and no matter the outcome, he would have built more equity. It was a nice back and forth conversation as Craig begin to really get to the "meat" of his call, basically he did not understand why Jacoby Jones is all of a sudden the focus when all of Houston saw Matt Schaub make plenty of bad plays. Matt Thomas replied with the media "talking point" Jacoby ran bad routes. It was at this point Craig asked Matt "do you know what a route tree is", Matt replied "No". OK, I feel as if I don't even have to write anymore, I was shocked. However it did not stop there, Craig went further by asking "how can you say Jacoby ran bad routes when you don't even know what a route tree is", Matt replied by saying people he trust and know told him. I was absolutely done. In case I misremembered, the Audio is below, just click. and listen
MATT THOMAS AND LESBIAN CRAIG
MATT THOMAS AND LESBIAN CRAIG
Let me begin by saying depending on the levels or areas you learned football, it was either "Route tree" or "Passing Tree". When the guys finished, Matt Thomas made a few "route tree" one liners in an attempt to shoot back at Craig after the call ended and that's cool, it is what it is. HMW is not tripping on Matt Thomas because his show is one of the few all of HMW "CUT" for.
ROUTE/PASSING TREE FOR MATT THOMAS
The passing tree as I learned in the 5th grade were the most fundamental elements learned as a receiver. In other words if you were a transfer kid/student to a school/league with sophisticated language such as dig, drag, flare, or fade routes, the coach could simply tell you the numbers instead of the language. The Passing Tree is universal.
- 1&2 are direct slants
- 3&4 are down and cuts in (45 degree)
- 5&6 are curls
- 7&8 are Post
- 9 is a Fly
Of course all of these routes are solely based on what side of the ball the receiver is on.
WRAP IT UP
As I said earlier, I had no intentions on writing this but I see what the media is doing in this Jacoby/Schaub situation. It seems as if they are giving Schaub a pass while "going in" on Jacoby. As I listened to Craig and Matt's conversation, for the life of me I could not understand the fact that everyone agrees that Schaub has not played well all season. I am thinking to myself, Schaub is the most important person on the roster, he's worth more money, and he touches the ball every single snap so why are we focusing on Jacoby Jones.
Instead of focusing on Jacoby Jones as the culprit of the Raiders game how about the media discuss ways Gary Kubiak (quarterback fixer) can improved Schaub's mechanics. Ankle Balls and Tip Passes don't get the job done, No one is asking to replace Schaub but how about a discussion on fixing the messed up stuff Schaub is doing. The funny thing is, in Kubiak's presser, Matt Jackson (790) came out of the gate asking questions about Schaub's mechanics and I thought he was going there but with time constraint I guess he couldn't.
As far as Matt Thomas, not cool to come on "Major Market" radio and say Jacoby ran bad routes when you admitted to not knowing the fundamentals of route running and follow it up by saying "people you trust told you he didn't run good routes". What really sucks in this whole Matt Schaub fiasco, Matt Thomas freaking interviewed an Oakland Raider who told him that Matt Schaub CHOKED. That Oakland Raider didn't say Jacoby ran the wrong route, he along with million websites and message boards singled out Matt Schaub. "Ole Boy Choked" Tommy Kelly is viral.