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Friday, July 15, 2011
AFC South: Oldie but goodie

By Paul Kuharsky

Projecting the best 30-and-over player in my division by the start of the 2014 season.

The Texans could have a different management and a different coach in 2014; they could be running a different scheme.

But quarterback Matt Schaub will be three years more experienced and as a 33-year old quarterback with 10 years in the league. I envision him right at the peak of his powers and the most dominant 30-or-over player in the AFC South when that season kicks off.

I think it’s fair to question his mental toughness or ability to produce at the toughest moments based on what he’s done so far. In the same vein, however, I can see him improving in those categories the way he’s improved in durability.

If he does, he could be at a stage where he still has most of his physical prowess when the mental side of things clicks all the way in.

Peyton Manning should be starting to wind down. And odds are reasonable that Jake Locker or Blaine Gabbert will have busted and the other won’t yet be peaking. Schaub could be the best of the division.

I picked him over Colts safety Antoine Bethea, Texans receiver Andre Johnson and Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis. I expect they could all still be quite good in 2014 after they’ve turned 30. Like Schaub, Johnson will actually be 33 at the start of the 2014 season.