How clutch is this guy? No, seriously, how clutch?
You can't get any more clutch than Matt Schaub.
You also can't get any less clutch.
That's the dead-on-the-money argument presented by Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com in today's article of the day.
Kuharsky does a great job debunking the asinine concepts of both "quarterback wins" and "clutchness" that plagued football "analysis" for far too long.
We build narratives out of events and imbue them with meaning they don't inherently possess. If a player we like makes a great pass late in the fourth quarter, we label him a hero. If the ball is incomplete, we blame the receiver or the officials or the line.
While obviously there are clutch plays and clutch situations, the idea that there is a "clutch player", someone who performs unusually well or unusually poorly in the clutch, is impossible to prove.
And don't even get me started on the lunacy of grading quarterbacks by wins.
Schaub is a very good quarterback. He's helped his team win some big games, and he's been the cause for some losses too. On the whole, he'll play well in close games because he plays well most of the time.
Narratives make for great reading and are endlessly entertaining. There's nothing wrong with that. However, they tend to make for terrible analysis.
Putting a label on Schaub doesn't change what he is. He's a good quarterback; that's all.
Remember that the next time the Texans lose a close game, it won't define Schaub. Even Michael Jordan missed nine game-winning shots in the playoffs.
Mike Tanier of Sports on Earth hails Caesar.
Scott Kacsmar of Bleacher Report posts the Thinking Man's Guide to Week 2.
Jason Lisk of The Big Lead talks to Archie Manning.
Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com looks at tape on Week 1.
Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com passes along age and weight numbers for the South.
Chase Stuart of Football Perspective considers going for two points early.
Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union says Derek Cox is staying positive.
O'Halloran says J.J. Watt wants to be known for doing it all on the field.
Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union posts a notebook.
Kuharsky says Kenny Britt won't help Chris Johnson face fewer defenders.
D. Reese of Music City Miracles analyzes the Titans' snap count data from Week 1.
David Boclair of The City Paper says it will be a challenge for the Titans to play without Colin McCarthy.
Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean wonders openly if Chris Johnson's time is up.
Reggie Hays of the News-Sentinel thinks the Colts have a near must-win.
Eric Scholdt of Sports Radio Interviews transcribes a fantastic interview with Reggie Wayne and WNDE 1260.
Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star says Bruce Arians doesn't want to throw so much.
Todd Smith of Colts Authority has seven questions for the game.
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle says it's all about health for the Big Three.
McClain says Antonio Smith missed back-to-back practices.