Matt Schaub: I feel as good as I ever have

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It’s a big year for Texans quarterback Matt Schaub.

He hasn’t played since Houston’s 10th game of last season, missing a chance to play in the team’s first playoff game as a result. The Texans are the favorites in the AFC South this season, with some believing they have what it takes to represent the conference in the Super Bowl. That’s always a pressured spot for a quarterback and the pressure is only going to rise thanks to the fact that Schaub’s contract expires at the end of the season.

There haven’t been any real negotiations about a new deal at this point, likely because the Texans want to see Schaub get through a full season before deciding how many shekels they’d like to commit to him. If Schaub’s assessment of his own health is accurate, Houston will be able to cross that off their list of reasons not to go forward with Schaub.

“I’ve been chomping at the bit to get this season going since the spring. I’m so excited about what we bring to the table and what we’re capable of doing. We understand the job we have to get done,” Schaub said, via John McClain of the Houston Chroincle. “Going into the season, I feel as good physically as I ever have. With the weapons we have — the way the offense is moving and how good the defense is — we’re as good as we’ve been going into Week 1. I feel really confident about where we’re headed.”

Schaub’s name doesn’t come up much when the top quarterbacks in football come up for discussion, largely because of his health and because the Texans could never find their way into the playoffs until last season. He’s not Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees and isn’t about to turn into them, but Schaub’s name will come up in those conversations if he’s healthy and the Texans play as well as expected in 2012.

10 responses to “Matt Schaub: I feel as good as I ever have

  1. Although I find the Texans extremely boring to watch, so usually dont, Schaub seems like a lower end top 15 quarterback. Which may not seem like a huge compliment but hey, the bottom 15 arent settled at that position so…yeah he seems like a better version of Alex Smith…which may not seem like a huge compliment but hey…most teams dont have an Alex Smith…which could be a good thing, could be a bad thing. Ill let you decide on that.

  2. As a Texans fan, I like Matt Schaub as our quarterback. No, he is not elite nor is he a scrub either. He is a good solid quarterback and should be paid like a solid quarterback. So he will get about 10 million a year for three years after the season depending on the success of the team and the direction of the organization. Connor Barwin is more important to the team so he should get paid first.

  3. “The Texans are the favorites in the AFC South this season”

    Just goes to show just how horrible the AFC South is.

  4. cantgetenoughwp says: Sep 4, 2012 2:31 PM

    “The Texans are the favorites in the AFC South this season”

    Just goes to show just how horrible the AFC South is.
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    Couldn’t agree more. I don’t know why Texans fans act like saying that is some sort of knock to their team. The AFCS was the worst in the league last year(27 combined wins) and the Texans lost to 2 of them! Finally getting to the playoffs has Texans fans delusional this year.

  5. I disagree with the comment that the AFC South is the worst division in the NFL. My question is, have you seen the teams in the AFC East. Outside of the Patriots, no one else can score over 21 points consistantly. The Jets and Dolphins have 2 of the worst offenses in the NFL. I am sure your opinion of the worst division in the NFL will change once the season starts. Let’s not kid ourselves, the NFC West is not a division of elite teams either. Just saying.

  6. dalucks says:
    Sep 4, 2012 4:15 PM
    I disagree with the comment that the AFC South is the worst division in the NFL. My question is, have you seen the teams in the AFC East. Outside of the Patriots, no one else can score over 21 points consistantly. The Jets and Dolphins have 2 of the worst offenses in the NFL. I am sure your opinion of the worst division in the NFL will change once the season starts. Let’s not kid ourselves, the NFC West is not a division of elite teams either. Just saying.

    You’re the one kidding yourself. The NFC West is on the rise. They have 2 of the top 10 defenses in the league last year and are only slated to do better this year. That torch has passed.

  7. AFC South defenses (especially Texans and Jags, but Titans were also top 10 in points allowed) didn’t suck last year, either.

    And there is a lot of youth in the AFCS. Although, that includes three rookie or 2nd year QBs starting now, and how they perform is going to determine how quickly — or if — the division gets back to being consistently competitive, top to bottom.

    Still, it’s not like the AFCS sent an 8-8 division winner to the playoffs last year. They were the only division to leave an above .500 team at home without a wildcard berth, too.

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