Originally Posted by kingtexan
If you want to compare stats then it paints one picture, but if you compare them individually it is interesting.
Carr had a better arm and better wheels and was more of a pure athlete. He was a young rookie thrown into the fire and crushed play after play. Many of his questionable decisions came from trying to extend the play or do too much and force things, while some would say being shell-shocked.
Schaub had been in the league as a back up and was supposed to be a plug and play superstar if you believed the hype surrounding all the teams trying to trade for him. He doesn't have a strong arm and has never been mobile so what you need is a pocket passer with superior accuracy and great football intellect who doesn't make mistakes with the ball. What you have is a guy who has piled up yards and stats from receivers YAC and quite often throws the ball off target only to have the intended receiver adjust and save his stats. Typically his glaring mental mistakes are just that, glaring mental mistakes, not generated by his competitiveness and overwhelming desire to make a play or give that extra effort.
I agree they are vastly different, but in the end believe the stat that matters most will elude them both in their careers. Super Bowl winning quarterback.
Carr had the potential to be a better QB than Schaub. But he doesn't have the work ethic or the brains to do it.
About halfway through the 2004 season, Carr either shut down or coorrdinators figured him out. For the first half of that season, Carr was playing really, really good. IIRC, he was averaging 270 yards per game and not making a lot of mistakes. And then something happened and he was never the same. His average dropped (again, iirc), to 170 yards per game.
Schaub doesn't have the arm strength or the wheels that Carr had. And sometimes he gets saved when he has bad location on his throws by great catches... BUT... Schaub throws a catchable ball. This was the difference between him and Vick with the Falcons. Vick had the stronger arm but the receivers dropped his throws more often than Schaub's passes because of that. Schaub is an infinitely better QB than Carr.
With the right team around him, Schaub can win a Super Bowl. By the time Kubiak got here, Carr could NOT win a Super Bowl. There's no way he could perform at a high enough level that even a team like the Trent Dilfer Ravens could save him.