I am not saying that the only Nation, Raider Nation, is divided. For Raider Nation will never be divided by anything. Not by race, color, creed, religion, distance, continents, etc…, because we are all one Nation cloaked in Silver and Black for life. However, the Matt Schaub trade has divided the opinions of the Raider Nation.
The jury is still out on Matt Schaub, and Raider Nation won’t truly know the cost or benefit of taking him at quarterback until the 2014 season kicks off. Sure, the line is definitely drawn in the proverbial sand. One side praises the move and they think he is very beneficial to the team, and the other side thinks that Schaub is washed up.
It never looks good when a team drops you into the trash can and moves on, just ask Peyton Manning or Drew Brees or Jay Cutler or Alex Smith or, well, you get the point. The fact of the matter is, the NFL is a business that has seen its fair share of quarterback drops and releases. Some of these quarterback’s have been able to re-invent themselves with other teams and some not so much.
I’m not going to try to foretell the future by saying that Matt Schaub will be the savior of the Oakland Raiders, but I will say that he gives the Raiders a chance to compete in an AFC West Division that is beginning to become the toughest schedule in the NFL. The Raiders had to make a bold move in order to give themselves some time to develop talent at quarterback, and they cannot do that without a proven veteran. Enter in Matt Schaub.