As every team does, the Atlanta Falcons faced numerous question marks coming into the 2019 season. Unfortunately, almost all of them were not answered the way Atlanta fans wanted them to be.
But one question mark that has turned into a positive, at least through one game, is quarterback Matt Schaub.
The 38-year-old made his first start in four years this past Sunday, and while the Falcons lost, they've done plenty of that with Matt Ryan behind center too. Quarterback isn't the issue in Atlanta whether it's been Ryan or Schaub taking snaps.
Schaub did throw one interception and could have thrown another if Akeem King could catch, and maybe if the Falcons were competitive in the first half against the Seahawks, Schaub doesn't complete a new franchise record 39 passes for 460 yards. A lot of those totals came in the second half when Seattle wasn't playing as tight of coverage.
Still, let's give Schaub some credit for coming off the bench one week after Ryan's ankle injury whil again, making his first NFL start in four years, and playing very well. There's a lot of backups in the league that wouldn't be able to do what Schaub did even against a more passive defense.
What impressed me most about the 38-year-old is he pushed the ball downfield a lot to Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley. Together, those receivers averaged almost 15.9 yards per catch and neither wideout recorded a ton of yards after the catch. Schaub's passes to his top receivers were in excess of 10 or 15 yards downfield.
He knew when to check it down to Austin Hooper and Devonta Freeman as well. They combined for 14 receptions with 128 yards and a score.
There's a lot to be concerned about with the Falcons, but as long as Schaub remains on the team, backup quarterback is not one of them.