Names such as Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees should all sound pretty familiar to the casual fan. Why shouldn’t they? They are four of the NFL’s elite quarterbacks. However, if you mention the name of Houston Texans quarterback, Matt Schaub, to a casual football fan, they might give you a puzzled look. If this is the case then you should not be surprised since Schaub is one of the most underrated players in the NFL.
Matt Schaub was a part of the quarterback-rich draft class of 2004. The Atlanta Falcons selected him with the 90th overall pick in the third round. He would play in six games for the Falcons during his rookie season and was primarily used as a second string quarterback and as a holder for field goals and extra points.
He would get the very first start of his career during the 2005 season when the Falcons faced the New England Patriots. He would go on to have a great game after throwing for 298 yards and three touchdowns, but they would lose the game with the final score of 31-28. Schaub was still primarily used as a holder for extra points and field goals for the duration of his sting with the Falcons. In 2007, he was traded to the Houston Texans.
This would prove to be a beneficial trade for Schaub as the Texans also released disappointing quarterback David Carr on the same day. This opened the door for Schaub to become the team’s long-term starter. Schaub would prove his worth for the Texans as he amassed 220 passing yards and a 70% completion rating during the first two games of the 2007 season.
Schaub has helped the team improve significantly ever since getting the starting position for the Texans. The franchise would have its most successful season to date in 2011 when Schaub helped guide them to a 7-3 start after 10 weeks. But he would get injured during the regular season and would be replaced by reserve Matt Leinart.
But even though the Texans would get knocked out of the second round of the 2011 playoffs, many fans had already grown to love and respect Schaub’s game. He might not be in the same league as Peyton, Rodgers, Brady, or Brees, but he has definitely shown that he is not your average quarterback who truly belongs in the NFL.