For the life of me, I don't understand why everyone is throwing out the baby with the bath water with Matt Shaub. I think blame should be put on the offensive line in 2013 for the Houston Texans poor showing. Take a look below and decide for yourself if Matt Shaub is a top 10 QB. (This was written before Levi's post so if it's redundant, oh well...)
2009 Season: Schaub led the Texans to a 9-7 record, the first winning record in team history. He led the league in passing yards (4,770), completions (396), yards per game (298) and passing attempts (583), while finishing fifth in touchdowns (29), compiling a quarterback rating of 98.6. Was he a top ten QB? Yes.
2010 Schaub would finish the season with 4370 passing yards, good for 4th in the league. He only threw 12 interceptions. Was he a top ten QB? Yes.
Shaub has thrown for 4000+ yards in 3 seasons. In 2008 (92.7% QB rating) and 2011 (96.8% QB rating) he was on pace for two more 4000 yard season but got hurt. He has also completed over 61% of his passes in every season since 2006. Since 2006, Ben Roethlisburger has dipped below 61% twice, Tom Brady once, Matt Ryan once, Philip Rivers once, and Joe Flacco four times.
He is a Two time ProBowler and was MVP Of the ProBowl in 2009. Was he a top ten QB? Yes.
In 2012, he threw for 527 yards in week 11 which is tied for second in NFL history for single game total passing yards. He only threw 12 interceptions in 2012.
In 2013 the Houston Texans offensive line gave up 42 sacks. Shaub was sacked 21 times in 10 games. In 2012 they gave up 28 sacks and 25 sacks in 2009. His replacement was sacked 21 times as well in the remaining 6 games. Also based on his replacement's numbers, how many sacks did Shaub avoid because he was a veteran and can read defenses?
Since 2008, he has had a passer rating of over 90% every year (except 2013).
Now with those stats stated, I do have some concerns: 1) He is 32-33 years old which isn't a spring chicken for an NFL QB. With that said, he isn't over the hill either. 2) He has had a shoulder injury. Has this done something to his confidence or his ability to throw the ball down the field? Time will tell.
His six pick sixes last year I'm not going to list as a concern. I'm going to chalk up those up to mistakes that were made because he was running for his life. I don't think he will have that problem in Oakland. The Raiders have added depth to the O-line and he should be able to stand in the pocket to complete 61%+ of his passes. I think he is better than a lot of people are giving him credit for. Dont be suprised if he comes out and shocks the world this season. He has talent on the defense, numerous weapons, a decent offensive line, and good coaches. If they can stay healthy and keep the refs from throwing the hankies, then its going to be a fun season with Shaub under center.