In the 2009 regular season, Matt Schaub was No. 1 in the NFL in passing yards. Proportional to his stats, his perception around the league soared upwards that fall.
But Schaub regressed a bit the next year and has slipped further in 2011.
Wide receiver Andre Johnson is perhaps most responsible for this trend. He was completely healthy a couple years ago and assisted in Schaub's rise to relevance.
Unfortunately, injuries limited him to 13 games in 2010 and Johnson has already missed five contests this season.
At the same time, Schaub also has running back Arian Foster at his disposal.
Foster was outstanding for the Texans in 2010, putting Schaub in manageable situations and is also a reliable receiver who could turn short passes into magnificent gains with yards after the catch.
Foster continues to play an indispensable role in Houston's offense.
Frankly, he should be garnering more accolades than the overrated Schaub.