When you ask who are the 10 best quarterbacks in the NFL, you will get many different lists. Almost all of them will include Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers. When you go outside of those top four guys, there is a group of 10-12 guys whose names always come up. For some reason, Matt Schaub‘s name never gets put on that list.
On Monday Night, he led his Houston Texans to a comeback win on the road against the San Diego Chargers. Early in the third quarter his team was down 28-7 before he led them to 24 consecutive points and a win. It seemed as though the story was going to be the resurgence of Philip Rivers and his climb back to the top 10. Instead, Rivers ended up completing under 50 percent of his passes for less than 200 yards while Schaub completed 75 percent of his passes for 346 yards and touchdowns.
Yes, Matt Schaub has more weapons than Philip Rivers does and has a much better team surrounding him. However, anyone that watched the game saw a confident Schaub take his team down the field and convert third downs of 18 and 21 yards, while Rivers was heading in the opposite direction. In their last five drives of the game the Chargers had 13 plays, gained 10 yards and scored zero points. On their last five drives under Schaub, the Texans had 42 plays and gained 227 yards while scoring 17 points.
You never see Matt Schaub in the news. He is never the guy you talk about with the Houston Texans since they have superstars Andre Johnson, Arian Foster and J.J. Watt. Schaub never gets the credit he deserves for the seasons the Texans have had since he doesn’t throw for 5,000 yards and 40 TDs. In an era where quarterbacks are putting up Madden numbers and their teams finish 5-11, Schaub continues to go about business as usual and lead the Texans to the playoffs.