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.