Aug 22, 2014; Green Bay, WI, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub (8) is sacked by Green Bay Packers defensive end Julius Peppers (56) in the 1st quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Raiders Leash on Matt Schaub Must Tighten

Using the preseason as an excuse only goes so far.  Matt Schaub is not making progress.  The time is almost at hand for the Oakland Raiders to do something.

Julius Peppers and Green Bay Packers further troubles for Schaub

Handling pressure in a hostile environment is something starting quarterbacks have to wrestle with.  Matt Schaub should know this by now but the Green Bay Packers still made life tough on him.  Led by Julius Peppers, they harassed the veteran quarterback most of the night at Lambeau Field, affecting his ability to deliver accurate passes.  Schaub finished with just 110 yards on 13-of-27 passing.  It merely reinforces the notion that he is a mere shadow of the Pro Bowler he was a few years ago.  The arm strength has diminished and he’s not playing with the same confidence in and out of the huddle.

Matt McGloin playing well enough to warrant starting

Preseason or not, Schaub isn’t what the Raiders had hoped they were getting when they took trade flier on him.  Nobody likes to admit when they’re wrong but Oakland has to realize what they’re seeing on the field isn’t going to get much better, if at all.  The time may be right for a change.  Most would agree that rookie Derek Carr is up next, but after suffered injuries in week two and given his inexperience, it may be better to hand the job back to Matt McGloin.  He played halfway decent as a rookie in 2013 and has far and away been the best quarterback on the Raiders roster through three games (366 yards passing and four total touchdowns).  There is little long-term upside, but as a stopgap until Carr is ready, McGloin is the best solution the team will find.

Matt Schaub may survive the preseason, but his leash is tightening fast.

Tags: Derek Carr Julius Peppers Matt McGloin Matt Schaub Oakland Raiders

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