Houston Texans Matt Schaub might not be as bad as you think
Luka Barnes is a Los Angeles native and fellow sports...
LOS ANGELES, October 7, 2013 — After their third consecutive loss in the last two weeks, the Houston Texans are now sitting at 2-3 going into week six. It has been a puzzling season for many fans in Houston, despite boasting the number one ranked defense in the league along with an offense that ranks in the top five.
Enigmatic is a word that comes to mind when describing this team’s performance. The talent is definitely there, but the results have not been so far. During this tumultuous season, whether fairly or unfairly all fingers have been pointed directly at Texans QB Matt Schaub as the reason for their failure. Nothing was more symbolic of this when Texans fans started burning Schaub jerseys after the 23-20 loss to Seattle.
The growing perception among Texans fans is that Schaub, much like Cowboys QB Tony Romo, is a bad overall quarterback that always seems to come up short in big games. It is an understandable argument, especially as there has been very little evidence in recent weeks to prove otherwise. After the last three losses, and a total QBR rating of just 35; one would have to be insane to make an argument in his defense.
Last night’s embarrassing loss against the San Francisco 49ers gave fans yet another reason to call for back up TJ Yates to take over the reins this season. Is Matt Schaub really as bad as people perceive him to be?
When you think of Matt Schaub, elite is definitely not a word thrown around often to describe him. In fact no team that ever considered drafting Schaub thought of him as being an elite level quarterback. Just looking at his draft scouting reports, here are what some people had to say about him.
James alder from about.com had positive things to say, “Matt Schaub has terrific size, strength, and a decent arm. He is an accurate passer (especially underneath) has a good release, and leads his receivers well. He has the ability to find the second receiver and he reads defenses well.” Alder, however also had this to say, “His footwork is inconsistent, but can be polished with good coaching. He lacks speed and mobility, and will not buy much time with his feet. He does not throw well on the run. Strictly a pocket passer.”
Sports Illustrated said, “Competitive signal-caller best in the short or intermediate passing game. Quickly sets up on the pocket, patient and buys time. Good field awareness, knows where his receivers are on the field and takes a hit in order to get the pass off. Zips the ball into the seam, accurate on the crossing patterns and puts touch on throws when necessary.” But SI also said he, “Cannot escape the rush or make throws on the move. Lacks the pinpoint pass placement and loses accuracy the further out to the flanks he is asked to throw the ball. Lacks a big league arm and not accurate with the deep pass.”
So are people unfairly judging him based on who he actually is or who they think he should be?
According to draft reports, Schaub was considered to be a career back up, but remember that relying heavily on the passing game has never been a part of Gary Kubiak’s game plan. Kubiak is a coach that miraculously won two Super Bowls with an over the hill John Elway. What is also eye opening is when you look at his first Super Bowl victory with the Broncos, Elway only passed for 123 yards that game. This is not Trent Dilfer here. This is talking about one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game.
Matt Schaub John Elway
Total yards 14424 13739
TD 77 101
INT 46 49
AVG/Gm 262 228
Passer Rating 92.625 89.025
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