Re: Matt Schaub's Contract
There are several interesting questions here.
First, when can Schaub be expected on the field following his rehab? By OTAs and minicamps? By training camp and preseason?
If Schaub isn't ready to go until the season starts, is he just handed his job back?
And what are the chances for his foot to be re-injured?
How would Schaub perform in the last year of a contract? Would he try to protect himself from injury heading into possible free agency?
Will the Matt Schaub post surgery be as good as the Pro Bowl MVP Schaub of 2009?
Would the Texans know enough about Yates after 5-1/2 regular season and (at least) one playoff game?
Would a 2012 Yates actually have more experience than Schaub had in 2007, as the new franchise QB?
If he performs well during his stint as starter in 2011, could Yates be a good soldier backing up Schaub in 2012? Could Schaub bite his tongue and play backup to Yates for a season?
How would Yates perform knowing Schaub could replace him after a poor performance? How would Schaub handle the pressure of a young QB pushing him?
As far as the rest of the season goes, it's que será, será. I'll be more than happy with whatever the outcome of the season. It's been an amazing stretch and I'll get to see a playoff game for the first time in 18 years. But, I also expect the Texans to be a Super Bowl contender in 2012. They have a lot of questions to answer. What about Mario? What happens with Wade? Does Foster get extended? But none will be bigger than how they answer the Schaub/Yates situation. The Texans have a window, and no one knows how big or small it is. How they handle the decisions at the QB position will be key in whether the Texans can enter the window and become champions.
We hurt ourselves, stopped ourselves and we just need to be better all around from top to bottom. We need to come together and get better as a football team.” - Matt Schaub