Originally Posted by Mr teX
You're looking at exceptions...The rule however is teams more often than not fail in epic fashion when they go searching for that franchise guy to take them to the next level.....& save for the Bradys, Wilsons and Kapernicks, the overwhelming majority of guys considered to be great franchise altering qbs, almost always come in the 1st round....between picks 1-15..the area in the draft where we weren't this year and even if we were, you could argue we may have needed to address other positions before qb.
But for fun lets go back over the last 2 or so seasons and see how many teams attempted to address the position with actual talent as you say and see how many actually came out on top:
Jaguars - Gabbert replacing Gerrard.....trash
Titans - Locker replacing Collins/Young.....trash
Colts - Luck replacing Orlovsky/Manning.....looks like the real deal...but they had to get inside the top 5 in the draft to get him
Arizona - Kolb replacing Warner.....trash
Minny - Ponder replacing jackson....jury's still out
Redskins - RG3 replacing Grossman/Beck...see the colts explanation
Chiefs - Cassel replacing Thigpen/Croyle/Quinn...Garbage, garbage and more garbage
Jets, Bills, Raiders and the Browns.....literally 1 disaster after another.
you can go on and on with at least a couple more teams and pretty soon you'd be at about 1/2 - 3/4 of the league.
It's not about redemption with Schaub; most of you guys have to know deep down that he's a good qb...the best we have on the roster. Plus he wasn't solely the reason we went south towards the end of the season last year. That was a total team fail
49ers replaced Smith w/ Kaepernick- looks like success
Seattle replaced Hasselbeck w/ Wilson- once again...looks like success.
Cincy replaced Palmer w/ Dalton- success yet again. Growing trend here.
Dolphins draft Tannehill & the potential seems to be there.
The Raiders had a decent option in Palmer but they chose to break ties w/ someone they didn't feel was "their guy". Does not he was a disaster imo.
Which leads me to the Cardinals replacing Kolb w/ Palmer. Without a doubt a better option.
If the jury is still out on Ponder, I very much believe the same applies to Locker.
Let's not forget the teams that have drafted QB's recently that many believe have potential & are sitting & learning in Denver & Tampa Bay for example. There are options & other teams have explored them w/ some success. Just because the Texans choose not to doesn't necessarily mean that absolutely nothing exist that could potentially replace Schaub. I'm not saying that all those listed could outperform Schaub if he returns to his old self, but the Schaub that finished the 2012 could easily be pushed by many of them imo.