Matt Schaub’s time as the Houston Texans starting quarterback has been a real mixed bag. Schaub was acquired from the Atlanta Falcons in 2007, and has only started the full slate of 16 games twice in that 5 season span. Last season, (with help from Arian Foster) he set the table for the Texans first playoff berth in franchise history. He was eventually replaced by rookie fifth round pick, T.J. Yates who showed promise as a future starter in the NFL, defeating the Cincinnati Bengals in the Wild Card round of the 2011 playoffs. Could that be enough to nudge Schaub out of the picture after this season? The Houston Chronicle examined the situation earlier today:
… the quarterback is in the last year of his contract. Players, especially quarterbacks, aren’t particularly fond of entering a season with only one year remaining on a contract.
Schaub, who turns 31 next week, told me he isn’t worried about the contract issue, he just wants to get healthy and win football games.
Deciding Schaub’s value is a challenge. Schaub has missed five or more games due to injuries in three of his five seasons with the Texans. When he isn’t on the field, he isn’t any better than you or I. But in the two seasons he didn’t miss a start (2009 and ’10), he established himself as a top-10 quarterback. Still, Schaub has never led a team to the playoffs and unlike backup T.J. Yates hasn’t quarterbacked a team to a postseason victory.
The Texans enter 2012 a potential Super Bowl favorite after last year’s showing. That type of pressure coupled with the fact that this is his final year under contract with the team makes keeping an eye on Schaub’s performance a top priority for analysts this upcoming season.