Originally written 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. 

Be sure to check out other great articles at Sports Media 101.

var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Diamondbacks GM: Padres wanted Goldschmidt for Kimbrel

'Rowdy' Roddy Piper dead at 61

Mets acquire Yoenis Cespedes from Tigers

Sheldon Richardson escapes felony charges for recent arrest

Lawyer who litigated against NFL: Brady plays every game


Cowboys should sign interested RB Steven Jackson

Jameis Winston confirmed as Buccaneers starting QB

Russell Wilson contract increases likelihood of change

Jim Harbaugh doesn’t care if he’s popular

Johnny Manziel struggles in first day of Browns camp

Report: Wilson, Seahawks agree to four-year, $86.7M contract

Pirates do Pirates at deadline: Neat little moves

Jonathan Papelbon thinks he became ‘scapegoat’ for Phillies

Padres don’t sell at trade deadline, reportedly because AJ Preller still believes in team

First photos of Jason Pierre-Paul’s injured hand emerge

Stop kvetching about Notre Dame, please

Rebuttal banner supporting Tom Brady flies over Pats practice

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

LeSean McCoy cancels party, but it wasn't some 'weird orgy'

Redskins making huge mistake by signing Junior Galette

New Blue Jay David Price got a flat tire on his way to Toronto

Five of the worst baseball trades since 2000

Famed ballboy Red Lightning spotted at Falcons camp

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Pirates do Pirates at deadline: Neat little moves

Mets acquire Cespedes from Tigers

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

Five worst baseball trades since 2000

Examining the state of the NFL

Puig: Broke out of slump by playing baseball video games

Braves dump risk, exchange it for risk

David Price traded to Blue Jays

The indefensible Hulk Hogan

Cole Hamels chose Rangers over Astros

Can Preller fix the mess in San Diego?

Next summer's top 10 NBA free agents

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker