Too many quarterbacks have the skills to produce winning games and monstrous statistics. A truly great NFL quarterback can heighten their game—like Aaron Rodgers this season—and lead their team deep into the playoffs.
Since coming to Houston in 2006, Matt Schaub has consistently improved his game and put up some impressive statistics. However, if certain changes aren't made, Schaub won't get over the hump and lead the Texans on a Super Bowl run.
Two seasons ago, Schaub led the NFL with 4,770 passing yards and finished fifth in touchdowns with 29. This season, Schaub's numbers were down but he still managed to exploit defenses for a total of 4,370 yards and 24 TD.
Although his statistics declined, I think his game continues to improve and he is evolving as a pro.
But is that enough? Does Schaub have what is required to be great?
He certainly has many of the pieces in place with arguably the NFL's greatest wide receiver, an extremely talented young running back and, when healthy, a rising star at tight end. Schaub also seemingly has a great play-caller in Gary Kubiak and a fantastic fan base behind him.
The excuses for Schaub's inability to get over the hump and into the playoffs are limited. Nobody is getting younger and the Bayou City faithful are losing patience.
Let's explore some needs and changes required to heighten Schaub's game to the next level.