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Be surprised if Schobel hangs it up

Posted by Chris Brown on December 23, 2009 – 3:53 pm

While I believe Schobel’s statement that he’s considering retirement at season’s end to be genuine, I can’t see the end decision being to hang them up.

Granted at 32, Schobel is no spring chicken, but he’s still productive. Among DEs he’s fifth in the AFC in sacks (7) and fifth in tackles and has made big plays, with his INT return for a TD against the Pats in Week 1 and his 4th-and-goal sack of Matt Cassel against the Chiefs being his two biggest on the year.

I think he’s thinking about retirement not because of his ability, but because of the lack of team success. He and Brian Moorman are the longest tenured Bills players and they haven’t reached the postseason once. It wears on some players more than others and Moorman and Schobel are among the most competitive guys in that locker room. Not winning year after year has had to have some effect on Schobel, who is a proud player. Still I think he’ll try to squeeze out one more year.


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