We're halfway through July and we've had list after list thrown into our faces like so much stale confetti. Here's one more to sift through.
ESPN analyst and former Philadelphia Eagles QB Ron Jaworski is ranking the probable starters for each NFL team, and he's placed our own Matt Schaub at number nine. As in, Jaws says there are only eight (8) QBs he thinks are better than Schaub right now. Here's his reasoning:
Jaworski ranks Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub at No. 9.
It's easy to see Jaws' justification for the ranking; Schaub has certainly produced consistently throughout his career when healthy. Ranking Schaub above mercurial quarterbacks like Matthew Stafford, Jay Cutler and Tony Romo fits his criteria of long-term sustained success. If they progress, I imagine Russell Wilson, Robert Griffin III, and Andrew Luck will strong-arm their way into the top 10 with one more season under their belt, leaving Schaub in the 11th or 12th spot in 2014.
Still, it's hard for Texans fans to stomach Schaub as a top 10 quarterback heading into 2013. The bad taste of the regular season finish lingers like stale garlic and cigarette ash. The stats are nice, the play-action QBR is nice, but Schaub has to put it all together for a full season (including the playoffs) or it's all for nothing.
The team is talented and deep at just about every position, but as we saw during the last leg of 2012, the team will go as Schaub goes.
Take a look at the full list, and leave your thoughts on Schaub or any other QB's ranking in the comments below. Happy Tuesday.