He may be a loyal guy who wants to stay, and I am sure that Blank and company will entice wiht a fat contract to keep him here.
That is probably very wishful thinking on your part Johnny. Vicks' $130 million contract means that at least for the next 3-4 years, he's the man in Atlanta, short of a Bledsoe-Brady situation occurring meaning he goes down for a long period of time and Schaub manages to lead us to the Super Bowl.
If Schaub has any sort of competitive spirit, then he doesn't want to stay in Atlanta. I'm sure he likes this town, this team, these coaches, and such, but at the same time, he realizes that all those things are stacked against him, and that he will only get his opportunity to shine in another city, with different coaches and fans.
The Falcons may like Schaub, but they aren't going to fork up big $$$ to keep Schaub, when statistics say that he may only start 1 game per year. He's nothing more than an insurance policy, and one that has great value, but it's not once in a lifetime value. I'm not a huge fan of drafting another QB to develop, but I'd make an exception for Drew Olson. I also believe that the Falcons have veteran options to replace Schaub.
Dallas would make a move for him because Parcells' time is limited in Dallas as he already hinted at retirement this offseason. He wants to win now & Bledsoe isn't going to get it done.
Without getting too much into what other teams will do and turning this into a non-Falcon board, I disagree. Bledsoe had his best season since he was throwing bombs to Peerless Price in 2002, and arguably one of his best in his career. Bledsoe can and will win for the Cowboys right now.
Parcells is firmly in place in Dallas through the 2007 season. If winning now was as big a concern for Parcells, wouldn't it be more prudent to go with a QB that has been to a Super Bowl under him, rather than an unproven one that isn't a good fit for his offense and has never won a game as a starter?
Saban recruited Schaub back in 1998 and 1999, and I doubt he's held a hard-on for him that long. Not to mention, a recruiting connection between the two is rather weak in my mind. Lots of players are recruited by lots of colleges, and I think the fact that Saban managed to win a few national championships allowed him to think a little less highly of Schaub.
Saban comes from a tree of coaches (the Parcells tree) that prefer veteran passers. You look at the history of Parcells, Coughlin, and Belichick in the NFL, and only when a young QB is forced upon them do they turn away from the veteran. Testaverde was Belichick's man in Cleveland, and Bledsoe had to almost die before he stuck with Brady. Parcells refused to go with Henson in '04 when the season was lost. Coughlin brought in Beuerlein to start in '95 and Warner in '04, but only went with the young guys in Brunell & Manning after the starters didn't get quite the results he wanted. I don't believe Saban is any different, thus why he so easily went with Gus Frerotte last year and didn't use a high pick on a QB as most suspected. It's why I believe he'll go with a guy like Maddox before he uses a high pick on a guy like Schaub.
After that, all bets are off because Schaub is the best low dollar, some would say the best period, QB that is possibly available.
Yeah, and it's really only Falcon fans that believe that last statement. Maybe it's because I have a certain air of respect for NFL GMs, it may be naive or deluded, but it's just hard for me to believe that there are a bunch of GMs out there that are really dying to get their hands on Matt Schaub. It all seems to me to be exaggeration, just like the exaggeration we heard on the part of these same pundits that have said there is fervent interest for Schaub say about the interest for Terrell Owens. Frankly speaking, it's beginning to show that there is no real interest in T.O. outside Denver. But it was not even a month ago that these same insiders were saying there were maybe a half dozen teams interested in him.
Maybe I think that GMs out there look at trades like that of A.J. Feeley, Drew Henson, and Rob Johnson, and believe that giving up a high pick for an inexperienced backup is no more lucrative than using that same high pick on a rookie. And despite I'm sure many Falcon fans would say that Schaub is better than those guys, they would be wrong. It is widely believed that had Henson come out in '02, he would have been the Texans top pick, and most implied his status was a major reason why Vick chose to leave VT early because in 2001, he didn't have to compete with QBs such as Henson and Harrington, who were highly touted at the time as potential #1s. Johnson was a good QB at USC, and his play and skill was about on par with Carson Palmer.
Maybe it's my belief that a team is looking at Schaub, and saying yes he's a good prospect, but his best benefit is that he's 25 rather than some of the other QBs potentially available.
It's been 3 weeks since Jay Glazer "broke" this story about teams being out there shopping for Schaub. There has been absolutely no follow up on this story. Why is it that this story is only be kept alive by Falcon fans?
I'm ready to say right here that unless the Lions fork up a draft pick for Schaub, he will be a Falcon in 2006.