Dec 29, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) looks to pass against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Schaub poised to break out with Raiders?


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.

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.


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  • James Schroeder

    Yeah I do blame the coaching staff in Houston 100% for Schaub’s downfall. Schaub is a proven veteran that was able to take this nobody team to a playoff berth when no other quarterback could. Not allowing him to call audibles at the line of scrimmage and change the plays with his experience was a huge mistake for Coach Kubiak. Especially when Arian Foster wasn’t in the lineup thus having the running game taken out of the equation took away any possibility for the play action which their offense is designed around. If a quarterback is to throw to a receiver in a specifically designed route and he can’t change that route or that play before it escalates and the receiver happens to be double covered or just can’t break free of the coverage and the ball gets tipped and is intercepted then yes I blame the coaching staff 100%. All of that could have been avoided if Schaub had the ability to change the play to give his receivers a better chance to get open. Remember, the quarterback is only one piece to a very large puzzle and at the end of the day he is the one who gets blamed for everything. The Texans failed Matt Schaub not the other way around. Welcome to Oakland where he will do great things

  • stucktrader

    It’s a tough schedule… that’s the problem for the Raiders (and the rest of the AFC West)… at the same time, at least OAK has a legit defense to get the ball back in Shaub’s hands… hopefully for OAK, all their plans for their OL and DL pan out, they are going to need it versus SF, SEA, StL…

    i hope Mack/Sio will become the run stopping, pass rushing tandem that RM foresees.

  • itzSteve

    I have been having this feeling for most of the off season. Is Matt Schaub = Rich Gannon 2.0???