Life wasn't always easy for Matt Schaub.
Schaub played second fiddle to Michael Vick for three seasons, but played admirably when he got the chance.
Then, in 2007, he was traded to the woeful Houston Texans. That was the same year Vick was indicted.
Now, instead of starting for a team with an established history and fan base, he was starting for a team that had gone 2-14 just two seasons prior, and who was trying to wrestle attendees from a rabidly loyal Dallas Cowboys fan base.
However, Schaub has shown that he could have started for the Falcons even before Vick had the number seven on his back replaced with a DOC.
Schaub's impact lifted the team from a 6-10 record to an 8-8 finish in 2007, which marked the franchise's first non-losing season.
In 2008, Schaub kicked it up a notch, throwing for over 3,000 yards in just 11 games and finishing the season with an impressive 92.7 QB rating.
Last season, Schaub improved yet again. He started all 16 games in a season for the first time in his career. He showed poise and calm in the pocket and a penchant for wise decision-making.
Although not gifted with supreme arm strength, Schaub made up for that with his accurate passing and hefty football IQ. In many games he reminded fans of Peyton Manning with his crisp line-drive passes, especially in his short-to-mid range completions.
Schaub helped the Texans to a respectable 9-7 finish, led the league in passing yards, and garnered his first Pro Bowl bid.
Schaub has the easiest route to breaking into elite status, and might have already done so if not playing for the oft-forgotten Houston Texans.