On March 21st, 2014, Matt Schaub was traded from the Houston Texans to the Oakland raiders for a 6th round pick in the upcoming 1014 NFL Draft. Before we look toward the future of Matt Schaub as a Raider, it only makes sense to look at his past as an Atlanta Falcon and more importantly as a Houston Texan. In 2004, he was drafted in the 3rd round by the Atlanta Falcons were he served as Michael Vick’s backup. In his rookie year, he played in 6 games due to Michael Vick’s injury problems and played in multiple games in 2005 as well. Still, he earned his early money by being the placeholder on field goals. In 2007 the Atlanta Falcons traded Schaub to the Houston Texans for 2nd round picks in 2007 and 2008 while also switching their 2007 1st round picks. The same day they acquired Matt Schaub was the same day they released former 1st overall pick QB David Carr, clearing the way for Schaub to be the Texans QB of the Future.
His first season with the Texans was a tough one for him; although he battled multiple injuries and had a 9-9 TD-to-Interception ratio Schaub led the team to an 8-8 record (the first .500 record in franchise history. In 2008, while his passing yardage and 15-10 TD-to-Interception ratio improved, his games played (11) and record of 8-8 remained the same. 2009 was his best year of his career. He finished first in the league in attempts (583), completions (396), and passing yards (4,770) on his way to a 98.6 passer rating and his first ever Pro Bowl Honor. Even with Schaub’s monster year and leading the Texans to their first winning season of 9-7 in franchise history, that first ever playoff berth escaped the Texans once again. In 2010, while Schaub had impressive numbers, the defense was a massive sieve and the Texans befell to a record of 6-10 (their first since 2006).
The Texans righted their wrong of ignoring the defensive side of the ball and brought in Wade Phillips to be their defensive coordinator. His impact was immediately felt as the Texans sure up their defensive woes and obtained a record of 10-6 on route to their first ever AFC South division title and playoff berth in franchise history despite Schaub only playing in 10 games. They would lose to the Ravens in the second round 20-13. In 2012, Matt signed a 4 year extension worth $62 million to remain a Texan through the 2016 season. He rewarded them by returning to Pro Bowl form, throwing for 4,008 yards, and leading the Texans to another AFC South Title and playoff berth with a 12-4 record (building off of last year’s success). They lost to the patriots 41-28 in the second round. With increasing record & two consecutive AFC South Titles the last two years, there were immense expectations for the Houston Texans in 2013. With the addition of WR Deandre Hopkins to go along with their top 5 WR in Andre Johnson, the Texans were picked by many to be Superbowl winners at the end of the 2013 season. Unfortunately they were the exact opposite of the Superbowl winners; they were the absolute worst in the league in 2013 with a measly record of 2-14. Matt Schaub had a big part in the atrocity that was the Houston Texans in 2013. Just one year after signing a 4 year extension with the team, he had a terrible start to the season from one he could not recover from. Through the first 4 games of the season he threw 4 pick-six, he was then benched in favor of second year QB Case Keenum. He started 8 games for the Texans, performing terrible in the process. His late game interception against the division rival Jacksonville Jaguars eventually led to the final nail that was the Texans Head Coaching job of Gary Kubiak as he was fired the next day.
Obviously everybody will remember the most recent history of Matt Schaub but he was the beacon of hope for the Texans organization for many years. He led them to their first winning season, playoff berth and AFC South Division title. He also holds all major passing records in Texans franchise history. While he didn’t deliver the ultimate goal of a Superbowl, he did drive the ship when nobody else could have and helped put the franchise on the map of success. Time will only tell how much Matt Schaub has left now that he is an Oakland Raider and while the city of Houston should rejoice on the idea of change, they should also remember all that Schaub brought them along his journey.