The Atlanta Falcons announced the official signings of quarterback Matt Schaub and center Alex Mack now that the league year has begun. Mack’s signing became official after an earlier report indicating that the team would add him. Schaub returns to Atlanta after the team traded him away nearly a decade ago. He was originally drafted by the team in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft.
The Falcons were interested in signing Schaub a year ago as their backup, but he opted to join the Baltimore Ravens instead. In Baltimore, he managed to start two games as a replacement for injured starter Joe Flacco before suffering his own injury. The Ravens beat the Cleveland Browns in his first start with Schaub passing for 232 yards, a pair of touchdowns and two interceptions in a 33-27 Week 12 victory. However in his second matchup against the Miami Dolphins, Schaub had two picks, a single touchdown and 308 yards in a losing effort. Schaub suffered a head injury that game but passed the Ravens’ concussion protocols. However he failed to suit up the rest of the season due to shoulder, knee and chest injuries.
Schaub, 34, rejoins Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, whom he worked with during his first three years with the Houston Texans from 2007 to 2009. At first Shanahan served as his position coach in 2007 before being promoted to offensive coordinator in 2008. Shanahan left Houston in 2010 to take the same position with the Washington Redskins.
Schaub managed to start 88 games over seven seasons with the Texans, but had his most productive year in his second season under Shanahan’s play-calling in 2009. Then he led the league with 4,770 passing yards as well in completions (396) and attempts (583). Schaub also had career-highs with a 98.6 passer rating and 29 touchdowns that year.
After serving as a backup behind Michael Vick for three seasons, Schaub was traded to the Texans for a pair of second-round picks in 2007 and 2008. The Falcons also swapped places with the Texans in the first round of the 2007 draft, allowing them to move up to get defensive end Jamaal Anderson with the eighth overall pick.
As a Falcon, Schaub appeared in 38 games as a reserve and holder for the Falcons. He earned two starts as a replacement for an injured Vick.
In a dozen NFL seasons, Schaub has started 92 career games and earned a 47-45 record as a starter. He earned a pair of Pro Bowl bids in 2009 and 2012 in Houston, and earned the Texans’ second-ever postseason victory in the latter season. After leaving the Texans after 2013, he spent a year as a backup with the Oakland Raiders.