Matt Schaub is likely going to be the Oakland Raiders’ starting quarterback for the 2014 NFL season. Although nothing is set in stone yet, Derek Carr has potential, but could be looking at a backup role. After the Raiders traded a 5th-round pick for him, many NFL fans were shaking their heads because of the season that Schaub just had. What they don’t realize, however, is that he has a true shot at redemption in Oakland, a place that has been showered with mockery, but a place that is filled with Raider pride.
What was a fairly promising career for Schaub quickly turned sour when the Texans maintained the NFL’s worst record at 2-14. After starting the season 2-0, they went on to lose 14 straight games and find themselves with the first pick in the 2014 draft. They used that pick to make their defense very scary by adding Jadeveon Clowney. Texan fans quickly forgot about their awful season with Shaub at the helm, and why wouldn’t they want to? Heading to Oakland, Schaub should have a gleam of hope in his eye.
In all honesty, the Raiders have been a struggling franchise for quite some time now, and Schaub has the opportunity to turn things around. With some promising players like Khalil Mack, Marcel Reece, and the injury-plagued Darren McFadden, the Raiders could actually be a .500 team. That is if everything goes well.
“It’s exciting. It’s just like going to a new place and getting a fresh start. To come to an offense where the coach is looking to give you more freedom, and looking to give you more control of things,” -Schaub with Pro Football Talk (NBC)
Again, Carr is a terrific player, and the Raiders drafted him as the best available quarterback in the draft when they could, but he may not develop enough by Week 1 to start an NFL Game. With promising pieces to the puzzle, the Raiders are finally taking a step in the right direction. With Schaub at the helm, he is going to get a little more control to do what he wants. That could be very beneficial to him. Instead of throwing 10 touchdown passes and 14 picks, he could be throwing 20 touchdown passes and 10 picks.