Well, if Friday’s appearance on Dan LeBetard’s radio show in Miami is any indicator, Andre Johnson appears to still be stuck in some sort of passive-aggressive version of slight bitterness over how his last couple years as a Houston Texan played out.
As we all know, Johnson was released by the Texans back in early March after reportedly sitting down with management to discuss what appeared to be a diminished role going forward with the team.
Johnson immediately suggested the team go ahead and release him, the Texans obliged, and days later Andre Johnson clubbed the entire city of Houston over the head with a chair when he signed a three year deal with the Indianapolis Colts.
Now, at least in the “fresh” stages after the breakup between Johnson and his employer of over a decade, the future Hall of Fame wide receiver has become more and more forthcoming with his true feelings about his time as a Texan, or at least the latter stages of it, which were marked by disappointment, frustration over unfulfilled Super Bowl dreams, and a sea of pick sixes the size of the Atlantic Ocean.
In every interview, every press conference, even during the darkest moments of the Schaub Era, Johnson always had his quarterback’s back, even when it was completely unjustifiable.
It’s clear now that was just Johnson’s being a good teammate; now that he is no longer Schaub’s teammate, Johnson can at least acknowledge the “quarterback issue” with the Texans since the franchise was born, even if he doesn’t refer to Schaub by name.
In many respects, Johnson is merely expressing the sentiments of many Texans fans in the interview with LeBetard.
Johnson did sign a contract extension with the Texans (actually, held out for more money for like three days in OTA’s) in 2010, right smack dab in the middle of the Matt Schaub Era.
Somehow, Andre Johnson managed to come across in this interview as simultaneously sympathetic and a slight crybaby.
Either way, I think we can all agree that Johnson’s continued passive aggressive pinata style thwacking of Matt Schaub is entertaining, if nothing else.