Dec 29, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) scrambles out of pocket against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at LP Field. The Titans won 16-10. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders Had Their Sights Set On Matt Schaub

As I look at the Oakland Raiders off-season moves during free agency, it’s easy for me to see the direction this team was headed.  According to Oakland Raiders Offensive Coordinator Greg Olson, “We knew this was the guy we wanted.”  That statement was in reference to quarterback Matt Schaub.  Both General Manager Reggie McKenzie and Head Coach Dennis Allen had alluded to the fact that the starting quarterback was not on their roster.  Then, the Raiders fired up all cylinders and went after the QB they wanted.

Prior to the acquisition of Schaub, the Oakland Raiders circled the wagons and grabbed proven offensive linemen to shore up problems that existed during the 2013 season.  Pass protection for a pocket passing quarterback was their main objective.  Enter in Donald Penn (LT), Austin Howard (RT), and Kevin Boothe (RG).  The Raiders re-signed Khalif Barnes as a security blanket for the right tackle or guard positions.  Add these players into a cast of younger linemen, and the makings of a very good line are in order.

Rounding out the remaining offensive line is Stefen Wisniewski (C) and Menelik Watson (LG).  Lucas Nix, Lamar Mady, Jack Cornell, Jarrod Shaw, Tony Bergstrom, and Mike Brisiel are all still there for depth, and Matt McCants and Tony Pashos are available to the Raiders at low-cost if they want to add even more depth or competition.  The Raiders went heavy on offensive linemen, and it was in order to protect a pocket passer while keeping with the run first philosophy.

Now we all know that defense wins championships.  A great example of that was the Seattle Seahawks defeat of the supposed power house offense of the Denver Donkeys, I mean Broncos, no, I mean Donkeys in the Super Bowl.  The Seahawks defense totally shut down everything that Peyton Manning tried to throw their way.  The Seahawks also provided a great blue-print on how to beat Manning.  So, the Raiders obtained some proven pass rushers and run stoppers through free agency.

The writing is on the wall for the Raiders, they are going to bolster their already impressive veteran defense with rookie studs.  Hmmm, building through the draft?  I remember last year the pundits were hammering the Raiders by stating that their team didn’t have enough veteran presence.  Now, they are slamming on the Raiders for having too many veterans.  I believe this is the way to go, and they will obtain depth in this years draft.

Matt Schaub will help the Raiders offense to score at least 3 touchdowns each game, and he will give the defense the ability to stop the opposing offense.  If our defense can stop other teams from scoring 3 or more touchdowns, then the Matt Schaub offense can provide enough points to keep the lead.

The players the Raiders draft this year should eliminate any doubt Raider Nation has for the 2014 season.  Think of it this way, if the Raiders entered the season with Matt McGloin, Terrelle Pryor, Trent Edwards, and a rookie quarterback, then the Raiders would be in the same boat as 2013.  With Matt Schaub, the Raiders provide themselves with a proven quarterback to lead the team as a true starter would.  In the end, it will come down to the coaching and play calling, but the Raiders have allowed themselves to become true contenders in a tough AFC West.


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  • Bob

    Only hope is Wild Card.

  • KloverJane

    All we have is hope. A little desire. And some autumn wind…

  • Granpa0

    Did the author see Schaub play last season? He’s the answer to the question “want to know how I know the Raiders are going to stink next season?”. Nothing more

  • DanfromVegas

    Shane, careful with the deliberate use of facts and logic to support your improved outlook for our squad. Didn’t you get the memo about the impeding doom and gloom? Haven’t you been paying attention to the msm ridiculing virtually every move the Raiders make or don’t make? You’re treading water Shane, and you’re diverging from the established narrative. Tread carefully.

  • DanfromVegas

    Did you see the Texans play last season, or you just buying the hype most are peddling? Schaub had a bad season, not doubt, but even with a horrible season as he had, there were signs that he was and is still a capable quarterback. Texas was a mess last year, and it permeated the franchise from top to bottom. At worst, we get an average NFL starting QB. 10 million is the average salary for a starting QB, so what’s the problem?

  • Bob

    How can ANYONE, even Shane, evaluate the team until the draft and UDFAs are picked up?

  • DanfromVegas

    Isn’t that what everyone is doing at this point? Evaluating the team. The difference is that some are letting the last 12 years of frustration dictate the way they evaluate the roster changes. Others, seem to be using evidence and facts, with a dash of cautious optimism, to dictate their perspective.

  • Don

    Quit with the Schaub hating, as I recall before the season started they were favored to go to Super Bowl.

  • Bob

    I say it all hinges on the Raiders number one pick. The Raiders need their draft to be graded at a B or B+. Reggie has so far had C to C- drafts. This is the year to make every pick count. Then, the Raiders have a chance to be in the Wild Card talk at week 12. Last 12 years? The Raiders have had three winning seasons in 19 years since they came back. I have had Season Tickets through all this mess.

  • Bob

    I say this is just like year one of the three year re-build by the Seahawaks. They went 7-9 in 2011 with Matt Hasselbeck as QB. 11-5 the next year and 13-3 the next and won the Superbowl. The Raiders are at year one and likely a 7-9 team too.

  • TomaterRaider

    Man,it is tough being a Raider fan…
    If your GM goes too much one way – you’re screwed – however, you go too much the other way – you’re screwed. If the GM stays to the to the middle of the road – they are over aggressive or not aggressive enough. Life as a Raider fan is tough.
    Matt Schaub is coming to the Raider as a veteran presence not as a savior. Yes, Dennis Allen said Schaub is the – current – presumed 2014 starting QB, but TP and MMg will fight to be the number one. Both TP and MMg will fight to the bone to become the number one – and guess what, if Schaub does become the number two, the Raiders will have something they didn’t have last year – a mentor to TP/MMg. Veteran presence/mentor.
    Picking up Schuab is harmless and a good decision – cost wasn’t bad and if he sucks he can still mentor unlike Flynn where he was thought to be the number one (he didn’t provide a veteran presence so, he was cut) and totally screwed the pooch.

    And finally, if I was the Raiders I would have had my sites on Schaub as well – he is the only free agent QB’s that doesn’t have a character issue – Freeman (insert buzzer sound), Vick (buzzer sound), Sanchez (mentally abused by Rex Ryan).

    Hard to do but stay positive Shane – you’re the only breath of fresh air out there when it comes to the Raiders.

  • Mac Attack

    It wasn’t all on Schaub, the team either through injury or poor play fell apart around him. He still completed more than 60% of his passes and only had three really bad games. Everyone needs to quit hating (quit listening to the clowns on ESPN ) and cheer our new QB to future success.

  • Sherman Stewart

    If we can score in the second half of games we will be fine. this is where the vets and depth come in. We were so thin last year all teams had to do was make it to the second half and we were gassed on D. Our O was so predictable because of the play at QB. All these signings address those issues,

  • John Thomas Hurdle II

    Right now I only see one hole not proven, that is the CB’s. We should be getting shutting down physical CB’s and a good Safety to learn from the best Charles Woodson.

  • John Thomas Hurdle II

    That’s all 32 teams has is hope.

  • Raider Grant

    Hasn’t McKenzie & Allen had two previous drafts to bring in talent to build from? Hope third times a charm! We need a stellar draft of young talent to build for future! Everyone says let’s build from the draft,then this years the tim e to start. Go Raiders