Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 7/1/12

ST. LOUIS - DECEMBER 20: Matt Schaub #8 of the Houston Texans passes during the game against the St. Louis Rams at Edward Jones Dome on December 20, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

The offseason has been a relatively quiet one for Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub. After missing the final six games of the 2011 season due to Lisfranc surgery on his right foot, not much has been heard of Schaub outside of small rehab news and speculations as to his return. For the first time since last fall, Schaub had a busy final week of June. Schaub led player’s only throwing sessions all week, was featured on ESPN by Ron Jaworski, and made news regarding a long-term contract that could be in the works.

 

The best news here is that Schaub is back on the field working out. After skipping OTAs to continue rehabbing, Schaub organized several throwing sessions last week among he and his fellow Texans as first reported on the team’s website by Nick Scurfield. The purpose of the throwing sessions was to get back on page with the receivers, particularly the young ones (which is most of them) before the start of training camp at the end of this month. Building a rapport with the mostly inexperienced receiving corps will be essential for the Texans offense in 2012. And while the group of receivers featured mostly new, young guys, the workouts also saw the return of WR Andre Johnson to the field following arthroscopic knee surgery earlier this offseason. It’s nothing short of positive that both Schaub and AJ were on the field moving around again while involved in football-related activity. The questions about their returns and effectiveness are quickly diminishing. 

Schaub continued to be in the spotlight last week when he was featured on Jaws’ QB Countdown on ESPN. Schaub was ranked 13th on the list, just ahead of Detroit Lions’ Matthew Stafford (14th) and Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton (15th). As always, Jaws had some very nice things to say about Schaub while providing insight into the Texans offense and Schaub subsequent success. One of the main stats Jaws leaned on was Schaub’s pasing proficiency on first and 10 situations. Jaws pointed out that Schaub frequently throws the ball on average further than nine yards downfield and that his throws generate new first downs on a league-leading percentage. As all us Texans fans know, this is a part of the team’s play-action passing attack. Jaws went on to specifically comment, “The Texans’ offensive foundation is the zone run. The passing game works off that. Like almost all quarterbacks, Schaub must be managed by the schematics of the pass game, as well as the play calling. The late Bill Walsh was a strong believer in that concept of quarterback manipulation.” Always nice to hear a guy with Jaworski’s credentials speak so glowingly about one of your team’s players, especially a quarterback.

The final piece of news surrounding Schaub the past few days is that he and the Texans have not opened up discussions regarding a long-term contract, but would be doing so soon. Len Pasquarelli of The SportsXchange reported that such negotiations would take place before the start of the regular season. The delay in talks surely stems from Schaub’s injury, and given his recent on-field workouts, it appears any concerns about his injury are quickly fading, hence the idea of opening contract negotiations. Schaub is entering the final year of six-year contract he signed in 2007 that was worth $48 million following a trade from the Atlanta Falcons. He is due $7 million this season unless a new deal is struck, changing that figure. 

All and all, it was a good week for Matt Schaub and Texans fans. Great to hear he is back on the field and that the Texans are now beginning to formulate a plan to keep Schaub around for what may be the duration of his NFL career. And of course, never hurts to hear some kind words about your quarterback from Ron Jaworski. As training camp looms less than a month away, it’ll be exciting to see Schaub get back in full pads and lead the Texans’ offense into 2012. 

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