Best: Houston Texans – Matt Schaub
After having David Carr getting his brain beaten in during the first five years of his career (and the franchise’s existence), the Houston Texans decided they didn’t have the time to draft and develop another quarterback, so they instead traded for Matt Schaub, the backup quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons.
Over the next seven seasons, Schaub would emerge as a steady-if-not-unspectacular quarterback, throwing for at last 22 touchdowns three times and being named to the Pro Bowl after the 2012 season after leading the NFL in passing yards that year (with 4,008 yards). In 2009, Schaub threw for a career-high 4,770 yards and 29 touchdowns.
Worst: Houston Texans – David Carr
The first overall selection in the 2002 NFL Draft, and the first pick in the history of the Houston Texans franchise, David Carr spent the early part of his NFL career getting his brain beat in behind the Texans porous offensive line. He was sacked 76 times in his rookie season, and fumbled the football 12 times. In 2004, he was sacked 49 times, which was still the highest in the NFL.
Eventually, questions arose as to whether Carr was getting gun shy in the pocket (who could blame him?) and whether he was truly committed to football. After getting sacked 249 times during his first five years in Houston, the Texans replaced Carr by acquiring Matt Schaub via trade.