Dec 22, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) passes against the Denver Broncos during the second half at Reliant Stadium. The Broncos won 37-13. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Dennis Allen: Matt Schaub on par with Peyton Manning, AFC West QB’s

The trading of Matt Schaub from the Houston Texans to the Oakland Raiders for a sixth round pick doesn’t give the Raiders their quarterback of the future, but head coach Dennis Allen feels he has a quarterback “on par” with some of the best in the NFL.

“We have a quarterback now that’s on par with the quarterbacks in this division,” Allen said Tuesday at the NFL Annual Meeting, per Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News.

Peyton Manning is coming off the best season any quarterback has ever had in the NFL after leading the Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers’ Phillip Rivers is the Comeback Player of the Year and Alex Smith led the Kansas City Chiefs to the playoffs in his first season with the club.

Clearly this is high praise for Schaub who prior to last season was one of the top 10-15 signal-callers in the NFL, but how can any rational human being, let alone an NFL head coach put Schaub in the company of Manning and the Rivers we saw last season?

Can Schaub turn in better statistics than Smith?

Perhaps, but I’m going to chalk this up to a coach puffing up his new QB and giving him confidence as he enters his first season with the team. However, that confidence could crumble if the team drafts a quarterback early in the 2014 NFL draft.

Tags: Dennis Allen Houston Texans Matt Schaub Oakland Raiders

  • Stanley Carr



    Well, I do think that it is crazy to say he is better than Payton, but I don’t believe he said Payton but his division. Yes, Payton is in the division but so are 2 other quarterbacks, so you kind of putting words into his mouth. Also, if you look at last year, Rivers was also considered washed up, and Alex Smith was considered a joke. So it is funny to see how 1 year makes a career for you and most of the people putting a post about Schaub. To throw away a whole career after 1 bad season, where the whole team stank is just unfair. By next season, we all could be praising Matt Schaub all over again. Wouldn’t that be something Raider Nation? There is something to be said that he is only of a handful of people at his position that had a rating of 90+ over a 5 year period. People need to stop for a second and think about that. And to say that you are washed up at age 32 at a position that has now players playing till their late 30′s is another ignorant observation.
    But hey, what do I know!

    • Don

      He will do good for us for 5 years!

  • Jose Espinosa

    I hope he does well.

  • Brutus

    The NFL is all about winning the Superbowl, so the postseason is what matters. River is 4-9 with a rating well below his career average and no Superbowl wins. Manning is 12-13 with only one Superbowl win. Smith is 1-2, but had a good rating in the losses. Schaub is 1-1 with 70% completions and a rating almost equal to his career stat. There isn’t enough data to draw any real conclusions for Schaub and Smith, although initial observations are that they will perform at or above the way they performed in the regular season. Manning and Rivers have struggled in the postseason – although Rivers was good last year, which should encourage Chargers’ fans. As for Manning, something happens to him in the big games. His stats are superior to his Eli’s, but Eli has stepped up in the big games and has two rings to show for it. If you gauge success based on postseason play, Allen’s comments don’t seem off the mark. All four have something to prove with only one Superbowl between them. A quick final comment is that anyone comparing Smith to Schaub at the start of last season would have been laughed out of the building. Smith had a good year and Schaub had a bad one, but let’s see what happens this year before anointing Smith the better QB.

  • Brian F

    He’s pretty much right. Par means average. Manning’s career rating – 97.2 Rivers’ career rating – 96.0, Smith’s career rating – 81.0. Average of 91.4. Schaub’s career rating – 89.8. So that’s pretty close to accurate.

  • trinity

    LMAO every time I need a good laugh, I check in with the raiders lol. They never disappoint me. I would love to see a tape of Dennis sayingthat with a straight face. On par with rivers and manning? Lol he isn’t even on par with Trent dilfer 2.0 aka alex Smith. Hahaha

    • Pridenpoise

      I don’t think he said that Schaub is as good as Manning or even close, but if we are being real here, exactly what has Rivers done in his illustrious career, and don’t give me a bunch of meaningless numbers, this game is about wins and losses, and if I’m not mistaken it was just one season ago there was talk of the Chargers cutting ties with Rivers.