Originally Posted by infantrycak
Do you realize what a joke that is? OK, name all the perfectly healthy rock star QB's who have been benched in their prime. It should be easy since it is as easy as outperforming them in practice. Must happen all the time. And no Wilson doesn't count since his competition was unproven.
The idea coaches don't have their thumb on the scale to tip it toward starters, high profile players and highly paid players is well laughable.
PS - Schaub wasn't a pro-bowl QB at the time.
I think we're saying the same thing. Schaub wasn't going to beat out Vick. Tj was not going to beat out Schaub. Practically the same reason. The team just made a major investment in the incumbant, more or less hitching their wagons.
But not everyone thought Vick's performance warranted a $100M contract. I seriously doubt you thought Vick deserved a $100M contract. & just like people were saying we'll never win a championship with Schaub, people were saying the Falcons would never win a championship with Vick.
Matt today is a better QB than Vick was in 2005. But many will argue Vick was the better football player. Vick was criticized because he depended more on his athleticism and wasn't very productive from the pocket, where Schaub is criticized for his lack of athleticism and production outside the pocket.
Both QBs were extended even though many believed there were unanswered questions.