Schaub now a member of elite QB class

Big numbers, staying power make Houston signal-caller worthy of elevated status

Originally Published: December 30, 2009
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

We've been kicking around the importance of quarterbacks all season in this mailbag. The NFL is a passing league geared around the play of quarterbacks, and that is even more pronounced by the way the playoffs are shaking out.

I've used the term "elite" to describe a quarterback who completes better than 60 percent of his passes, throws for more than 220 yards a game, has fourth-quarter comeback ability and puts up 21 or more points on the scoreboard. The group had 14 members, beginning ...

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