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Texans Report Card - QB
Sage Rosenfels - 116/174, 66.7%, 1431 yds., 6 TD/10 INT, QBR- 79.5
Positives- After a rough start to the season, Matt Schaub hit his stride and played well enough to secure the starting quarterback job and coach Gary Kubiak's confidence. Schaub was excellent since returning from his knee injury and the Texans have no doubt about the future of the position. Schaub has made big plays at the end of games and can make all the throws. Sage Rosenfels had some tough games when forced into action, but he's one of the very best backups in the NFL. Houston doesn't have to change the playbook much, or if at all when Rosenfels is under center.
Negatives- Schaub hasn't been healthy enough to play a full season and that's reason for concern. The Texans QB's simply turned the ball over too much in 2008 and that cost the team games and a potential wildcard spot. Schaub and Rosenfels combined for 20 interceptions and they lost six fumbles.
Overall- Schaub will begin the season as the starter once again, and expectations will be high for this team. Schaub has all the physical tools to be one of the best QB's in the AFC and he could lead the team to their first playoff berth. If the team decides to retain Sage Rosenfels, they will have a solid backup quarterback who can take over the reigns if Schaub isn't healthy.
Solution- The team doesn't need to improve the position in the offseason, as they are solid behind center. If a solid quarterback prospect is available on the second day of the draft, they may look to get a little younger at the position as Schaub will be 28 and Rosenfels will be 31 at the start of next season.
Final Grade: B-
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