Matt Schaub took a beating in Houston after the ground collapsed beneath that 2-14 train wreck of a team. Much of that disaster stemmed from Schaub’s erratic play at quarterback.
While Schaub was never able to get Houston where they wanted to go, he held enough value to warrant an offer from the Oakland Raiders. Now, rejuvenated as a starter there, Schaub appears ready to help this beleaguered franchise return to the top of the standings.
Louis Reddick of ESPN tweets that Schaub has found the possibility of a ‘rebirth’ in the new Oakland scheme.
Schaub talking like he could have a Philip Rivers-style rebirth w/all of his new found freedom and responsibility within Oakland’s offense.
— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) May 27, 2014
The details of that freedom and responsibility probably aren’t something we’ll see or hear specifically about until the Raiders hit the field in the regular season, but it’s interesting to wonder how the Raiders might use Schaub differently than did the Houston Texans. Perhaps Gary Kubiak was a bit more controlling than Oakland’s offensive coordinator Greg Olson plans to be? Or perhaps there’s just more trust for Schaub in Oakland, which will allow him more comfort in the pocket.
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though. One can hardly blame the Houston coaches for having clenched tightly to the reins of a quarterback who threw interceptions for touchdowns in four straight games. The trick for Oakland will be balancing Schaub’s accurate arm with his propensity for horribly timed turnovers. If they can get that under control, Oakland’s ascent could arrive ahead of schedule.