It’s hard admitting a mistake when it comes to trades, but the time may already be at hand for the Oakland Raiders to wash their hands of Matt Schaub.
Schaub proving Houston Texans drop-off wasn’t a fluke
The arguments that it is only preseason are valid but only go so far. As NFL enthusiasts like to say, “The tape doesn’t lie.” The fact is the tape has not looked good at all for Schaub since he stepped under center for the Raiders. His arm strength is less than adequate and his command in the huddle has gone largely unnoticed, which isn’t a good thing. It starts raising questions about his ability as a leader, something Oakland hoped they were getting when they brought him over from the Houston Texans. Sadly, it’s seeming more and more like his collapse last season was not a fluke after all. The Pro Bowl form he displayed a few years ago is long gone, and Oakland may not want to waste time trying to dig it out of him.
Derek Carr has the talent and Matt McGloin has the production
After all, they have two younger options on the roster to move forward with. In spite of his recent rib injury, Derek Carr has displayed a number of advantages over Schaub. The most telling of course is simple arm strength. Carr can make just about any throw on the football field. Still, he’s a rookie who needs more time to learn the intricacies of playing in a pro-style offense. That is why a fair share of Raider fans are pushing for the team to reinstate Matt McGloin. The current third string quarterback started six games in 2013 and played reasonably well considering he was an undrafted free agent. He also has played better than any quarterback on the roster, throwing for over 200 yards and scoring two touchdowns with no turnovers. He might be a fine stopgap until Carr is ready.
Schaub certainly doesn’t look like one.