I was watching the NFL Network this morning while finishing up my coffee and I saw the name “Schaub” on the sidebar of topics they were going to be talking about. So, risking being late to the office, I decided to hang on for a minute to see what they had to say about the Texans signal-caller.
In short, they were piggy-backing off of a column that a writer for the local Houston newspaper out here did in regards to Matt Schaub’s contract situation. Naturally, with Gary Kubiak and Rick Smith both getting extensions, the next in line for this spotlight falls on QB1.
When asked about the situation, Schaub told the media that he wasn’t sure if his agent and the team were talking about a long-term extension. So this has led the media to assume that this is player speak for “I don’t want to talk about it.”
But before you buy all that drivel, I’m here to tell you that barring a serious, career-threatening injury, Matt Schaub will be donning the deep steel blue for the foreseeable future.
Think back to a time when David Carr was running the Texans. Houston, nor its fans, ever want to be in that situation again where they realize they’ve hitched their wagon, and millions of dollars in cap space, to the wrong guy.
It’s so hard to find a middle-of-the-pack or a top 10 quarterback in this league. Houston isn’t ready to go down that road again anytime soon. Especially if they really are in win-now mode as so many believe they are.
If he is recovered from his lisfranc injury that ended his 2011 season and he shows no ill-effects in 2012, a deal gets done. The only way I think Matt Schaub isn’t a Houston Texan in 2013 is if he has another season-ending injury and the team decides to go in a new direction.
Matt is a scheme fit and a system guy and he knows it. I bet he has little interest to get bigger money to go play for Minnesota to end his career. He won’t be cheap to retain, quarterbacks never are. But I don’t think he’ll be a problem in getting a deal done with. And if he is, the team will franchise him.
Schaub won’t be going anywhere if he’s healthy in 2012. and with John Beck, T.J. Yates and Case Keenum on the roster behind him, he is the safest guy in their trio of big free agents (Connor Barwin and Duane Brown) that will likely sign an extension before the season ends.
Schaub might not be that flashy guy who makes crazy plays that make you jump out of your seat and get into battles with people on if he’s “elite” or not. But he is smart, has a very difficult playbook memorized and in the ultimate question of if he is a good enough quarterback for Houston to win a Super Bowl with, the answer is a resounding yes. He just has to stay on the field.