The Atlanta Falcons announced that they have come to terms with Matt Schaub on a crisp, new two-year extension. This is the second two-year extension the Falcons have agreed upon with Schaub. They signed him after the crushing Super Bowl loss to the Patriots to two years worth about $9 million.
This is not a signing that moves the needle at all, but it does ensure that the QB room will remain stable for at least another year. Schaub has likely been a sounding board for Matt Ryan and Greg Knapp these past few seasons and he will continue to be another voice for Ryan, Knapp and retread offensive coordinator, Dirk Koetter.
Matt Schaub has seen 10 total pass attempts in his second stint with the Falcons, coming in sporadically for a play here and there for Matt Ryan, most notably when Ryan’s brace busted a few times early on in the season.
While Schaub is not the most inspiring backup QB in the league, and there are sure to be more popular names on the open market when the league year opens in a little under two weeks, I think there’s something to be said about bringing back coaches and players familiar with Matt Ryan. I think this is a move that will benefit the Falcons in the ways fans and media won’t be able to witness, within the film room.
The early reaction from Falcons fans is kind of puzzling. This was an expected move and one that will help to keep the continuity on one of the best offenses in the National Football League. Take the time to look across the league and realize that Schaub is better than most back-up QB’s and allows the Falcons to spend money in other high priority areas when Free Agency starts in 10 days.
That said, let’s hope we never see Schaub take the field after the pre-season has concluded! Remember, Matt Ryan has not missed a game since 2009, when he missed two games.