What if I told you that the Houston Texans do not have to draft a quarterback in the first round or even the second round of this year's draft in order to be successful and right the ship? What if I told you that the best option for the Texans to be successful next year is right under our noses, shrouded in hate and bad press? Well pick up your slightly burnt #8 jerseys folks, because that player is Matt Schaub.
No, I am not crazy or drunk, just hear me out. I have NEVER been a fan of Matt Schaub. I have always believed that he was overrated, boring and simply a "game manager", but after looking back on this past season I have begun to wonder exactly how much of the blame for Schaub's horrible play falls on Kubiak's predictable offense and the declining play of the Texans' offensive line. What could Schaub become when groomed by a quarterback guru of Bill O'Brien's (from here on affectionately referred to as BOB) caliber? I have come to largely attribute Matt Schaub's mediocracy of last season to Kubiak's offense and not all to the quarterback himself. I believe Matt could have a lot of football left in the tank, and I am not the only one.
The moment Matt Schaub is cut he will become the best quarterback on the market and will have many teams in a bidding war over him, yet we are currently scanning the market for a new quarterback. Signing someone like Josh McCown does not make any sense seeing as he is practically the same age as Schaub and has a much less successful NFL career. We also save more money by keeping Matt for a year and then cutting him rather than cutting him now. Why not keep him around and at least let him compete for the starting job with a second or third round draft pick?
Ever since the end of last season and the Bill O'Brien hire the media has been speculating about who we will draft and what type of quarterback BOB prefers. The consensus around the league has been that BOB likes big, tall quarterbacks (frankly, who doesn't?) and puts a lot of emphasis on pocket passing. Blake Bortles fits this mold but he is seen as largely undeveloped and will not be ready to start on week one. At 6-5 and 235 pounds, Schaub certainly fits the build of stereotypical NFL QB and will never be mistaken as a scrambler. With the help of BOB, a healthy Arian Foster and a offense that isn't so predictable my girlfriend is able to tell me what play is next, Matt could return to his winning ways of old. If I were O'Brien I would much rather work with someone with proven NFL success, including leading the league in passing only 3 seasons prior, than an unproven college quarterback. At the very least I believe that there is a huge chance that Matt will be around this offseason to compete with a early draft pick.
Andre Johnson recently said that Matt believes that he will stay in Houston, even after having conversations with O'Brien. I would not be so quick to overlook this fact. Schaub has been in the league long enough to know when he has a chance of making a team, and it seems he believes he can still make it here in Houston. Although I would be incredibly surprised if Matt Schaub was taking starting snaps for the Texans next year, I certainly would not count it out.
Before completely discounting everything I have said ask yourself this question- Which quarterback gives us the best chance to win on week one? A free agent, one of the three unproven college quarterbacks or a quarterback with solid NFL experience who had one bad season?
(This is my first post on BRB, thanks for reading and feel free to bring the criticism)