Matt Schaub: Top Ten QB?

Steven MerriamCorrespondent IOctober 18, 2009

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 18: Quarterback Matt Schaub #8 of the Houston Texans passes the football as he is knocked down by a defender against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on October 18, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Texans defeated the Bengals 28-17. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

Matt Schaub has had a great season so far for the Houston Texans. Schaub in my opinion is looking like he is becoming a dominant QB force in the NFL.

Today against the 4-1 Cincinnati Bengals, Schaub went 28-for-40 with 392 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. It's no surprise Schaub is having such a good season; he is throwing to one of the best WRs in the league.

Schaub has thrown for a total of 14 TD passes this year with over 1,800 passing yards. Schaub is only one touchdown away from tying his career high from last year.

Schaub played college football at Virginia and was chosen with the 90th pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons.

He started in one game his rookie year and one in his second year for Atlanta. Schaub did not start any games in his third year with the Falcons. Schaub's career stats as a Falcon included six touchdowns, six interceptions and 1,033 passing yards.

In 2007, Schaub was traded to the Texans for a pair of second round picks, in 2007 and 2008. The day after Schaub was acquired, former starting QB David Carr was released.

Schaub started 11 games in each of the past two seasons. In 2007, Schaub threw nine touchdowns and nine interceptions with 2,241 passing yards. In 2008, Schaub threw 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions with 3,043 passing yards.

Then we get to this year, which looks like the year that Schaub is going to finally be recognized as a top 10 quarterback. Schaub has only thrown five interceptions thus far and has 14 touchdowns.

Steve Slaton, Andre Johnson and Schaub are clearly the future of the Texans. In the next couple of years, don't be surprised if Schaub is compared to guys like Brady, the Mannings, and Brees; or if he helps bring the Texans to the playoffs.

I believe after this season people will consider Matt Schaub a top 10 quarterback.