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06 Mar 2013

The Matt Schaub Compendium

Steph Stradley writes a stat-packed review that explores the question: "Can the Texans win a Super Bowl with Matt Schaub at quarterback?"

Short answer: not if the one that appeared during the second half of the season shows up again in 2013.

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 06 Mar 2013

8 comments, Last at 11 Mar 2013, 11:14am by mrh


by justanothersteve :: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 11:14pm

The Baltimore Ravens won a Super Bowl with Trent Dilfer at QB. 'nuff said.

by dryheat :: Thu, 03/07/2013 - 8:58am

Well, no -- not 'nuff said. The Texans Defense and Special Teams are not of the 2000 Ravens quality.

by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Thu, 03/07/2013 - 10:05am

Jeff Hostetler, Super Bowl winning QB?

by stinky (not verified) :: Thu, 03/07/2013 - 10:47am

Is Flacco really any better than Schaub?

by stinky (not verified) :: Thu, 03/07/2013 - 10:51am

Guess I should have read the article first, since the Flacco comparison comes up quite quickly.

by Jerry :: Thu, 03/07/2013 - 7:19pm

"Can the [Ravens] win a Super Bowl with [Joe Flacco] at quarterback?" was just as legitimate a question right up until they won. In fact, you can probably ask it about any entrenched starter who hasn't won a championship.

That's not to take anything away from the nice job Steph did of assembling facts about Schaub.

by LionInAZ :: Sun, 03/10/2013 - 8:11pm

Is Flacco really any better than Schaub? No, except that Flacco is better going deep downfield, which is a low-success endeavour in any case.

I prredict the future performance of the two teams will ride more on how they deal with their defenses than on their QBs. Both have LB and secondary issues.

by mrh :: Mon, 03/11/2013 - 11:14am

Looking at Flacco vs Schaub retrospectively, I'd say that in the last couple of years, it was as likely or more likely that Schaub would "win" a SB as Flacoo. But looking to next year and beyond, Flacco turned 28 in January, Schaub will be 32 when the season starts. See Chase Sutart's latest on QB aging (I haven't read the Brian Burke piece linked in Steph's post yet). Flacco is entering the typical peak years for QBs, Schaub is entering the decline phase. Flacco is more likely to "win" a future SB than Schaub just on those facts alone.