We’ve written about Atlanta Falcons quarterback ad nauseum this offseason. To be frank, we can’t help it. He’s just that good. So keeping with tradition, we’re going to talk about him a little more. Except this time, we’re going to talk about Matt Schaub too.
Yahoo Sports’ Zach Pereles recently ranked the NFL’s “quarterback situations.” Basically how good are your quarterbacks as a unit. In short, he’s high on Ryan and throws some shade at Schaub, ranking the Falcons second overall.
2. Atlanta Falcons (26.2 points)
Starter: Matt Ryan (3rd) Backup: Matt Schaub (22nd)
The Falcons squeak by the Packers into the second slot thanks to their advantage at backup quarterback, even though Schaub hasn’t been an effective starter since 2012. As for Ryan, the reigning MVP was simply outstanding last season [...] and he should be great again in 2017, even with former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan now the head coach in San Francisco. Had the Falcons not infamously blown their 28-3 lead in Super Bowl LI, they might be atop the rankings.
I’ll ask you to cut him a break for reciting two common refrains about the Falcons. Yes, we know Shanahan isn’t on the coaching staff. Yes, the Falcons did blow a historically large lead in the Super Bowl. Meanwhile the reigning MVP is at the helm, so the Falcons will probably be OK in 2017. But as backup quarterbacks go, what makes Schaub so questionable?
Maybe I just like Schaub as a person. Maybe I’m partial to Schaub because the Falcons drafted him. But for the life of me, I can’t understand all his detractors. He’s a backup quarterback with extensive experience as a starter. Is he past his prime? Sure. Do I ever want to see him take a regular season snap? Absolutely not. But I flatly refuse to accept the premise that he’s the 22nd best backup in the NFL.