Matt Schaub, Michael Vick and Stats-Friendly QBs Who Don't Know How to Win
There seems to be certain quarterbacks in the NFL who put up monster stats but are never quite able to win consistently.
Here are three NFL quarterbacks who have racked up stats—but not wins—recently.
Matt Schaub, Houston Texans
I hate to be a hater, fellow Houston Texans fans, but Matt Schaub is not an elite NFL quarterback.
In my opinion, to be elite you have to be able to win, especially in the playoffs. Schaub can't even get his team into the playoffs.
And before you say it's not Schaub's fault, consider that Houston finally has a good defense this year and held the Oakland Raiders to 278 total yards.
Schaub directly lost the game for the Texans today, throwing the game's last pass straight into the waiting arms of a pleasantly surprised Raider.
Schaub's good for 4,000 yards per season as long as he's healthy, but if the Texans don't make the playoffs yet again (tied at 3-2 with the Tennessee Titans, there are definitely no guarantees), expect for fans to be calling for the "elite" quarterback's head.
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Yes, I know, Cam Newton is just a rookie. Maybe it's not fair to say he can't win.
But as the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, Newton is supposed to be Carolina's quarterback of the future.
Although, in all likelihood, he will be that guy, he hasn't shown the ability to consistently win in this league just yet.
Newton has been piling up over 1,600 passing yards in his first five games, but he has just one win to show for it (a game in which he had fewer than 200 passing yards).
Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles
This one may also be controversial because of Michael Vick's dream 2010, but his success last season may be a bit exaggerated.
Teams had begun to figure Vick out by the end of the season, and the Eagles were knocked out of the playoffs early.
Fast forward several months, and the Eagles are sitting at 1-4 despite Vick's 1,336 passing yards and seven touchdowns to go along with 318 rushing yards.
To be fair, Vick isn't getting much help from his defense or his offensive line. But Vick's turnovers have been a big part of their struggles. Vick hasn't been able to consistently win despite great yardage and touchdown totals.
I may get bombarded for saying this, but No. 7 is not an elite NFL quarterback.