I’m sure in his day dreams Matt Schaub imagined coming out in his first preseason game for the Raiders and lighting it up against the Vikings. Instead of lighting it up, Schaub and the first team offense looked punchless against the Vikings’ first team defense. Schaub went only 3-7 for 21 yards in leading the offense to three three-and-outs.
That’s not good enough and Schaub knows it (via MantecaBulletin.com):
“We’re not on the practice field anymore. The lights are on. We need to go out and play,” Schaub said. “We’re facing someone else. It was the first opportunity for us to form our identity for the season. We went out and we didn’t play near to expectations or our standard and we need to go back and figure out how to play that way next week.”
“It’s a starting point and obviously there’s things we definitely want to clean up and get better at and we’re going to go do that,” Schaub said. “What we did tonight, hurting ourselves, doesn’t diminish what we’ve done and put into training camp so far. We’re just going to get back and go back to work.”
Schaub’s bad night included being on the wrong end of former UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr’s first preseason half-sack. And then Schaub had to stand there and watch rookie backup Derek Carr play markedly better than him (admittedly against defensive backups). Overall, I’d say Schaub had a pretty lousy debut for Oakland.
But at least he was not as horrible as Blaine Gabbert.