Over the past six seasons, Matt Schaub has been a large factor in the Houston Texans' resurgent offense. Granted, the offense relied mainly on the run with talented backs Arian Foster and Ben Tate, but Schaub has always been able to manage games well enough to ensure success.
In 2013, however, that has not been the case.
Schaub's strength has always been his ability to take care of the football. In 2011, he threw 15 touchdown passes against just six interceptions, and in 2012, he threw 22 touchdown passes compared to 12 interceptions.
Unfortunately, in 2013, Schaub was benched for unproven second-year quarterback Case Keenum after throwing just eight touchdowns against nine interceptions.
After maintaining a steady streak of season-long 90.0-plus passer ratings over five seasons, Schaub's 2013 production dropped him to a dismal 77.8 rating over seven games. A game-managing quarterback must be able to maintain his efficiency—Schaub has not been able to do so this season.
So, what has changed?
Simply put, absolutely nothing.
Rick Dennison has been the Texans offensive coordinator for four years, and Schaub was given more offensive weapons than he had last season after the addition of rookie wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins in the 2013 NFL draft.
Even after the loss of tight end Owen Daniels to injured reserve, Garrett Graham has proven to be a very viable replacement.
There comes a time in an NFL player's career when a wall is hit and performance drops off. This is what Schaub is facing in 2013. The 10-year veteran cannot count on his accuracy any longer as his skill set begins to diminish.
Schaub's career as an NFL starter seems to have come to an end. He could potentially prolong his career by accepting a position as a backup, much like veteran Matt Hasselbeck in Indianapolis.
Schaub has had a great run as a starter, but it is inconceivable to see him in that position at any time going forward.