We've always liked Matt Schaub. In fact, at one time we considered him a top-10 quarterback with a chance to enter the "elite QB" conversation. Maybe if he didn't have season-ending foot injury in 2011 things might be different now. Or maybe he's a good quarterback, just not a great one.
We bring this all up, of course, because the Texans fell to the Patriots on Sunday in the AFC Divisional round. Schaub isn't why Houston lost; he was above average, which a lot of weeks is more than sufficient. Against New England, Schaub was 34 of 51 for 343 yards with 2 TDs and 1 INT.
Whatever your thoughts on Schaub -- and Yahoo's Doug Farrar tweeted during the game what a lot of people were thinking -- he has the full support of his coach and his teammates:
Matt Schaub is the worst kind of quarterback -- just good enough to keep you from replacing him, and that's where it ends.— SC_DougFarrar (@SC_DougFarrar) January 14, 2013
On Monday, coach Gary Kubiak spoke about his starting quarterback, who signed a four-year, $62 million extension in September.
"I believe in Matt," he said, according to the Houston Chronicle's Tania Ganguli. "He's the quarterback of our football team. I've got no doubt about him."
And on Sunday, in response to a question about Schaub's uneven play, Kubiak pointed out that "this guy's won a lot of football games. He's one of the top quarterbacks in football. He's had his team in great position for the last two years."
Defensive end J.J. Watt was less diplomatic in his assessment of Schaub's critics.
"Have they ever been in his shoes?" Watt said after the game via the Chronicle. "If you want to sit here and question our quarterback, that's fine. But every guy in this room believes in him. We all trust and believe that he can take us there. We're not going to listen to what the outside world says."
Center Chris Myers added: "If the ball had bounced our way and he would have had the same stats, nobody would have cared about (Schaub's third-quarter interception that ultimately resulted in New England points). That is the way it works. Matt is our guy. He's our team captain, and that's always going to be. Whatever happens, as players on this team, he is our leader."
To recap: Schaub's not Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers or Peyton Manning (incidentally, two of these guys lost over the weekend). But he doesn't have to be. This is similar to the discussion that the Ravens should let Joe Flacco walk after the season. (Worth mentioning: These discussions happened before the playoffs; we haven't heard much chatter in the last two weeks.) Fine, send him on his way, but here's the thing: Who's going to replace him? That same logic holds for Schaub, too.
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