In his annual quarterback rankings, ESPN’s Ron Jaworski put Matt Schaub ahead of each of the young quartet of future franchise quarterbacks: Colin Kaepernick, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, and Russell Wilson.
(Would anyone take Schaub before any of those four players? Anyone? Is this thing on?)
Now that Schaub has landed in Jaworski’s top 10, the challenge becomes getting to everyone’s top five. And that happens only by winning a Super Bowl.
Winning a Super Bowl in today’s NFL places ever-increasing focus on quarterback play. Thus, if Schaub is ever going to win a Super Bowl, he’s going to have to be the one to win it.
Texans quarterbacks coach Karl Dorrell recognizes that. He told the team’s website after offseason workouts that, for Schaub to become elite, he needs to become a “crunch time” player.
“I know Matt’s really right there; he’s on the cusp of being one of those players,” Dorrell said.
Frankly, if Schaub is going to go from being “on the cusp,” Schaub had better find the gas pedal quickly. He’s 32 years old.
His age and experience invites a fair question: Maybe Schaub is simply as good as he’s ever going to be.
It’s a question the Texans will have to confront after the coming season, if the team ends up once again getting no farther than the divisional round of the playoffs.
Given that G.M. Rick Smith has no qualms about making tough decisions regardless of a player’s name or salary or past accomplishments, T.J. Yates or someone else could be the quarterback of the not-so-distant future, if Schaub can’t get it done this year.