Originally Posted by The Pencil Neck
The "IT" factor is BS. The "IT" factor is not a measurable.
Do you realize that prior to his foot injury, Schaub had a 120 rating against the blitz? How many times prior to the 2011 season did Schaub show up at the end of a game just to be let down by his defense or his kicker? After his foot injury, he was a totally different guy. It took a while for defenses to realize it but once they did, he was toast.
Your "IT" factor is just looking at a successful guy and then saying he's got the "IT" factor because he's successful. It's a classic tautology.
Coming out of college, Tom Brady didn't have the "IT" factor; he couldn't even clearly win the QB job at his own college. And his first couple of years in the league, he wasn't that good. And if it hadn't been for a little known rule that's no longer on the books, he wouldn't have won that first SB and he probably would have had his hands full beating out Bledsoe for the Patriots job.
Oh... but now... after a successful career and with 20-20 hindsight, Tom Brady has "IT".
Will Schaub lead a team to a AFC Championship game in his career? Did his qbr take the texans there? Tom Brady is successful because he shows up in big games. Does he win every year? No. He has won games... late 4th quarter with seconds left games... he has done that many many times. The texans wasn't even asking Schaub to be Brady... just be half of Brady but don't literally lose the games for us. Most were in denial about Schaub but if you are honest about it Schaub was overrated hence the contract the texans signed him to. I know this thread is about the future head coach Bill O'Brien who would have had Schaub outta here or benched all long time ago.