What Joe Flacco Means for Matt Schaub and Other AFC South Must-Reads

Nate DunlevyGuest ColumnistJanuary 25, 2013

Matt Schaub lit up the Ravens. Does no one remember that?
Matt Schaub lit up the Ravens. Does no one remember that?Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

A few months ago, I wrote that Matt Schaub can take a team to a Super Bowl.

Today's article of the day comes from Steph Stradley of the Houston Chronicle who points out that if Joe Flacco can do it, Schaub can do it too.

She's correct, of course.

Regardless of what the full story is on Schaub and what exactly is wrong with him, there's no question he was a better quarterback than Flacco in 2012.

Houston fans saw Flacco up close and personal a few months ago. He wilted under the spotlight of a key game against the Texans for AFC supremacy. With the pressure on, he was terrible.

The narrative writers need Flacco to possess some unmeasurable "clutch" ability, otherwise all their old narratives about other mystical clutch quarterbacks will crumble.

If anyone comes out and tells the truth about Flacco, that he's painfully average, it means that not every quarterback who makes the Super Bowl is great. It might even lead to the conclusion that a whole lot of luck goes into making a Super Bowl champion.

Schaub was not good down the stretch this year, but that also doesn't resemble who he is as a quarterback normally. Whatever was wrong with him can be fixed.

The Texans didn't make the Super Bowl because their defense collapsed. Schaub didn't help, but he shouldn't be the scapegoat for a unit that got ripped by Tom Brady twice in just over a month.


General Interest

Chase Stuart of Football Perspective considers whether John Harbaugh will spark a trend in the NFL.

Stuart charts Eli Manning in five-game intervals.

Danny Tuccitto of Football Outsiders introduces a new way to measure age.


Houston Texans

Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle says Ndamukong Suh thinks he's misunderstood.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle runs down some low-level free agents signed by the club.


Indianapolis Colts

Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star says Andrew Luck talked about playing alongside Peyton Manning.


Tennessee Titans

John Glennon of the Tennessean says Dave Ragone is adjusting to a title change.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union says the Jaguars staff is forming.