Kyle Shanahan: Former pupil Matt Schaub 'knows the game'
For three seasons, Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan tutored Houston quarterback Matt Schaub.
And with the help of Shanahan, formerly the Texans' quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator, Schaub had a breakthrough season in 2009, passing for 4,770 yards with 29 touchdown passes and 15 interceptions. The former Virginia standout completed 67.9 percent of his passes and had a 98.6 passer rating.
On Sunday, teacher and student will face each other when the Redskins play host to the Texans at FedEx Field.
"Everyone knew he had done good before we traded for him, but he had only done it in three games," Shanahan said of Schaub, whom the Texans acquired in March of 2007 from the Atlanta Falcons. "So there was a lot of talk about him being a good player, but no one actually knew because you only had three games to go off of. But once we got him, you could see right away he was a hell of a quarterback.
"His main thing, taking it to the next level, is him just having a chance to show everyone for 16 games. He got hurt his first two years with us and only played in about  games both years. And finally his third year with us, he had a chance to play in all 16. I think that was the first time, finally, everyone kind of learned how good he [is]."
Schaub developed each season in Houston, and "he knows the game," Shanahan said. "He reacts. He doesn't have to think in the pocket. He feels the rush, he doesn't have to watch it. He's automatic. The guy's open, he's gonna hit him."
Shanahan and Schaub developed together, Schaub said.
"I learned a tremendous amount from Kyle," Schaub said in a conference call with reporters. "We both helped each other out in a big way. We had a lot of meeting time.
"We watched a lot of film together. He was a big part of helping me just develop as a quarterback in this league and the leader of this offense. So he definitely helped me out a ton."
September 15, 2010; 4:45 PM ET
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