Originally Posted by Rey
Whatever other changes we make this off season are not even relevant if Schaub doesn't play better down the stretch.
Great post Rey. Lengthy read, but I think you hit all the major points. There is no question Matt has to play better than he did at any point in the regular season.
It's really hard to know what to believe in hindsight. You "feel" like Schaub had a below standard year, but you look at the stats & he was par for the year. 4000 yards, nothing to brag about when you've come to expect it from your QB. 22 TDs, yeah I'd like to see more, but Matt's only thrown for more twice in his long career. 12 INTs, he's never thrown for less than 12 in a season he's started all 16 games (since becoming a starter that's only happened 3 times). And then there's that winning 12 games thing.
I felt Matt played well (not good, not great) in three games during the regular season. Denver, Detroit, & Jacksonville. I feel like he had a sub par year taking advantage of the run game & the defensive turnovers.
But 4000 yards, 22 TDs, 12 int, 90.9 QbR in a bad year? It's not like everyone was saying Matt was playing great all year. All year they were saying he need to play better. All year they were saying the defense or the run game bailed him out. All year...... but he still threw for 4000 yards, 22 Tds, 12 ints, & a 90.9 QBr. So we all know he can play better. Despite his arm strength, despite his lack of mobility, despite his ho-hum mentality, we all know
Matt Schaub can play better.
& still he played better than Joe Flacco in the regular season.
3 games in the post season completely flipped how the majority of people viewed Joe Flacco. Yeah, there was two or three Ravens fans that knew it all along. But other than that, Flacco's name was not among the better QBs in the league, now he's somewhere near the top.
Who'd have been talking about Joe Flacco if Jacoby did not make that spectacular catch against Denver? Up until that point, Flacco had elevated his game, but if not for that catch, it was good, but not good enough & that's how we would have remembered it. He made some big throws to Torrey Smith early in the game, Anquan Bolden made some amazing catches...... but we'd have forgotten them & all that if Jacoby dropped that ball.
That same weekend Schaub serves up a beauty of a TD pass to a fan favorite, sure handed receiving target as that player was crossing the goal line. Couldn't serve it up any better. But he dropped it.
I honestly don't see how our fans do not relate that drop with Jacoby's muff last season. Last season Jacoby's muff gives the Ravens the momentum to eventually win that game.
If we score that TD right there, is it possible that our defense "believes" our offense was going to do their part? Is it possible that we'd have seen a totally different game from those guys? If James Casey would have caught that easy, easy TD.
Of course if Matt & Andre were on the same page they could have erased that on the next play, but that didn't happen either.
Again, Matt had a "poor" play-offs. But you look at his stats for the two games he did play..... 65% + completion in both games. 250 yards one game, 340 the other game. 83 QBr against the Bengals, 90 QBr against the Patriots..... what are the odds that we'd be thinking differently of Matt Schaub right now, had James Casey caught that gimme in the end zone? & our defense play like they do when we have a lead?
What are the odds we'd be thinking differently about Flacco had Jacoby
not caught that amazing catch to extend
that game in Denver?
The NFL is a funny beast.
Once you think you've got it all figured out, Jacoby Jones enters the Super Bowl MVP conversation.