Get ready for the return of Matt Schaub. At least momentarily. The long-time quarterback, in his first season with the Baltimore Ravens, is hoping to see some heavy minutes this preseason, backing up Joe Flacco under center, starting with Thursday night’s opener against the New Orleans Saints.
It’s been a long and interception-filled road to Ravens for Schaub, who came to Baltimore after a dismal year in Oakland last season and now the former Pro Bowler’er is simply looking for a little bit of in-game redemption. Here’s what you need to know about Schaub on and off the field:
1. Schaub Signed With the Baltimore Ravens on March 31, 2015
After a dismal season with the Oakland Raiders, which saw incredibly limited snaps under center, Schaub signed with the Baltimore Ravens during the offseason this year. Although Baltimore did not officially announce the terms of the contract, ESPN cited sources suggesting the veteran quarterback agreed to a one-year deal worth $3 million.
Schaub replaced Tyrod Taylor as Joe Flaco’s backup after receiving interest from several other teams, including the Jets, Falcons, Cowboys and Titans. The Ravens said Schaub was their most experienced backup since Marc Bulger in 2009.
According to Baltimore’s first preseason depth chart, Schaub is currently listed as Flacco’s direct backup, although he has been competing for snaps with Bryn Renner in training camp.
2. He is a Two-Time Pro Bowl’er & Led the NFL in Passing in 2009
An 11-year NFL veteran, Schaub’s recent play has overshadowed some of his more impressive seasons in the league. The former UVA standout was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft, playing three seasons before being traded to the Houston Texans.
He led the Texans to the franchise’s first-ever winning record in 2009 and found statistical success as well, leading the league in passing yards (4,770), completions (396), yards per game (298) and passing attempts (583). He was selected to his first Pro Bowl that year, replacing an injured Tom Brady, and winning MVP honors.
Schaub was also invited to the Pro Bowl in 2012 and boasts four seasons with at least 4,000 passing yards in Houston.
3. Terrell Suggs Called Schaub Out for Interceptions in Training Camp
The long-time Ravens defensive standout has never been particularly shy about sharing his opinion and he hasn’t backed down from criticizing his team’s latest backup quarterback.
After delivering a particularly impressive hit during training camp drills, Suggs added a verbal blow when Schaub overthrew his down-field receivers, yelling, “Hey Matt, your guys are the guys in purple.”
Schaub has not looked particularly precise during the first full practices of camp and, according to ESPN, he’s “easily thrown the most interceptions of any Ravens quarterback.” Still, Baltimore coach John Harbaugh has been quick to defend the 34-year-old, recently telling reporters:
I feel great about Matt Schaub as a backup quarterback. Matt is a heck of a backup quarterback, because he’s a good player, and we feel comfortable that Matt can win for us.
Interceptions have been a problem for Schaub recently. He threw 14 picks in his final 10 games with the Houston Texans and was intercepted twice on just 10 passing attempts with the Oakland Raiders last year.
4. He & Wife Laurie Have Three Daughters
Laurie was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama and attended Auburn University where she was a football cheerleader before graduating with a degree in Health Promotion and a business minor. She moved to Atlanta in 2004 and cheered for the Falcons for several years, where she met Schaub.
The pair were married in February 2008 and are now parents to three daughters, Madison, and twins, Makayla and Mackenzie.
In addition to raising her daughters, Laurie has also served on the board of the Make-A-Wish foundation in Houston, and is a member of the YTAC (Young Texans against Cancer).
5. Schaub Created the GR8HOPE Foundation in 2011
Schaub, who has frequently been applauded for his charity work throughout his career, founded the GR8HOPE Foundation with his wife, Laurie, in May 2011. The Foundation was created to help support and improve medical treatment for children with chronic illnesses.
The couple got the Foundation off to a phenomenal stat, donating $108,000 to the Texas Childcare’s Hospital West Campus in Houston, helping to equip the facility with a Child Life Playroom. Since then, the couple have grown the Foundation to work in every city Schaub has played in and regularly host galas to support their fundraising efforts.