Ravens quarterback Matt Schaub reviewed tape from his first start in 23 months and it revealed pretty much what he expected: some obvious mistakes but enough positives to feel good about the direction of the team's offense with him under center.
"Even if I'd been playing this whole time, there's always things you can clean up," said Schaub, who completed 20 of 34 passes for 232 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Ravens' 33-27 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Monday night. "We're going to pick a few things out and just go to work on those this week, just be a little cleaner and a little crisper with some of the reads, but I like where we're at. It was definitely a positive start."
Schaub, 34, acknowledged that his two interceptions -- one was returned 52 yards for a touchdown by Karlos Dansby and the other put the Browns close to field-goal range with under a minute to go -- left a bad taste in his mouth.
On the first one, he said that he just rushed the throw, rather than waiting on wide receiver Kamar Aiken to get behind Dansby. On the second one, which was intercepted by Tramon Williams at the Ravens' 46-yard line, Schaub said he was far too eager to make a play and should have probably thrown the ball away.
Still, each time the Ravens answered. Following the Dansby pick-six, Schaub led a 12-play, 80-yard scoring drive that ended with him hitting Aiken for a 15-yard touchdown. Four plays after Williams' interception, Brent Urban blocked Travis Coons' field-goal attempt and Will Hill returned it for a game-winning touchdown.
Schaub hadn't won a game in which he had played in since Sept. 15, 2013, when he was with the Houston Texans.
"Anytime that you can win in this league no matter how it goes, you're going to enjoy it, and I did. But at the same time, I strive to be perfect. I strive to play at a very high level whenever I'm out there," Schaub said. "I didn't play up to my standards or my expectations, so I have to be better. That's just how I approach it and I always have. But I sure as heck enjoyed that flight home with my teammates."