Raider Nation Is Divided Over Matt Schaub

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Jan 29, 2014; New York, NY, USA; NFL former quarterback Rich Gannon speaks on Sirius XM on radio row in preparation for Super Bowl XLVIII at the Sheraton Times Square. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

It’s more than obvious that for a long time the need for the Raiders has always been quarterback.  Unfortunately, that position was obtained one wrong-way or the other.  Without a mentor who could truly teach a rookie or young quarterback the ropes, show him how to prepare for an NFL game (i.e., study playbook, watching film, workouts, etc…), or just be there for support when the going gets tough, many just fizzled out.  Then, the Raiders attempted to bring in mediocre veterans in hopes to find the next Rich Gannon.  All the while allowing their defense to dwindle and the offensive line to have too much turnover.

This is how the losing seasons began.  Of course I would be remiss to fail to mention the Head Coaching position being turned over way too many times, but this is information that is all too well-known among Raiders fans.  With all this upheaval and discombobulated shuffling of the entire team and staff came an undesirable place to land for players and coaches.  It was difficult to acquire the necessary talent needed to turn the organization around.

Then, the bloated contracts came, allowing overpaid has-been’s to play out their final days in Silver and Black, only to be killed by the salary cap.  The Oakland Raiders team was left in ruins.  Something had to change in order to get back the winning ways.

Enter in General Manager Reggie McKenzie.  He had a vision, and he is trying to make it come to life.  A very difficult endeavor to say the least.  So he started with the bloated contracts.  Then, he moved onto the dead weight.  Now, he must change the face of an organization that has survived on its ability to string together gut wrenching 4th quarter come-backs under the mantra “Just Win Baby.”

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  • Chris Schroeder

    Another great article Shane. Keep up the good work. Hopefully this will shed light into the fan who’s soul has been drenched in darkness for so long they can’t even utter a positive word without cringing. Shane and I feel you Raider Nation, but hang in there. The last two years were deconstruction and now we are in reconstruction and I for one love what I am seeing. I can’t wait to see what other pieces they add to the puzzle and I will be barbecuing on draft day, drinking beer and wearing my raiders hat in anticipation of the next line of warriors to embrace the silver and black.

  • gdubb

    Good article shane..

  • KloverJane

    Another great article Shane.

  • Silvia Arredondo

    I’m divided about this too but can only hope for the best!

  • F3st3r

    Not to be too pessimistic, but why get rid off Palmer, who is arguably better, and we gave up future draft picks for a year ago to bring in Schaub. Neither Palmer or Schaub it’s going to be Oakland’s franchise quarterback.

  • Julio Echeverria

    We didn’t get rid of Palmer. They asked him to reduce his salary and he said no. He took less money in Arizona. Obviously, he wanted no part of us.

  • Julio Echeverria

    We need to stop looking for the next this guy or that guy. What made those guys special was how unique they really were. We need to find a new way, but it won’t come from hangin on to the past. I love Plunkett and Gannon just like every Raider fan does, but they’re not what we need. We need the new era in Silver and Black to come. The new autumn winds, not the ghosts of victories past.

  • Ryan Pierce

    Personally I can’t understand how we, Raider Nation can be disappointed in this trade. We gave up virtually nothing… restructured his deal to be more incentive based… gave him a veteran go to guy in James Jones. This is going to work Nation. Schaub is a smart veteran qb with good accuracy and just think of the weapons. Streater who is a future star in this league, a healthy d moore(for now), Marcel Reece, McFadden behind that beefed up O line,James Jones coming off 2 of his best seasons. Andre Holmes, Bryce Butler. Guys…. Thats a seriously good set of weapons. All Schaub has to do is get a little time to throw. And the o line will give him plenty. Sit back and enjoy our Raiders. The 12 years of torture is over!!!

  • Eric Kench

    What I don’t understand is why we traded away Carson Palmer in the first place and then one year later obtain a similar type of quarterback? I’m not doubting Schaub’s ability and I’m sure he’ll bounce back. But McKenzies handling of the QB situation has been abysmal!

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Great stuff Chris. It has been a very tough time for the Raiders and their fans, but times are changing…

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Well, let’s just put it this way, Bill is entitled to his own opinion. We all are. In the end, change is coming and this change will be good. Schaub is not the second coming of Rich Gannon to me, and we would be grabbing at straws to think this. What he is, to me, is a serviceable quarterback who will give the Raiders the ability to keep the points close so the defense can shut the door. He ranks right around a Matt Hasselback or possibly a Jim Plunkett or maybe a Jay Cutler. The difference between Schaub’s 2013 season and his 2009-2012 seasons were injuries. Injuries to his offensive line, specifically left tackle, and to two of his top pass catchers (i.e., Arian Foster and Owen Daniels). Stuff like that happens, even to the best players out there. It’s how he bounces back from 2013. That’s how I will judge him, and it’s way too early to judge right now.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    I believe that is exactly what Reggie McKenzie is doing. Remember, he had spent a lot of time up in Green Bay under that regime, and believe me, there are ghosts of victories past up there. Still, they’ve found a way to flourish in this new NFL system. That’s what McKenzie is trying to achieve. Once achieved, the Raiders will be back and around for a long time to come.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    First and foremost, the Raiders never gave up Palmer to get Schaub. As a matter of fact, the Raiders wanted to keep Palmer, but when Reggie McKenzie asked him to restructure his contract in order to allow the Raiders to add more talent (Cap Space), Palmer didn’t budge. Palmer has been in it for the money from day 1. Furthermore, Palmer was not happy that his guy, Hue Jackson, was relieved of his coaching duties and sent packing. If you must know, Jackson thought he was going to be the next GM of the Raiders, but Mark Davis hired McKenzie instead, on the advice of people like John Madden and Ron Wolfe. Jackson was upset and McKenzie knew there would’ve been a rift between the two. It was better to start fresh instead of trying to patch a leak that would have never been fixed. In any event, Palmer walked away from the Raiders to be a Cardinal. Good riddance. The Raiders tried to continue with Flynn, Pryor, and McGloin, in hopes that they were ready, but it failed. Trial and error, and error won out. I think this move will be more conducive for the Raiders and for Matt Schaub. Incidentally, Schaub just restructured his contract and the Raiders won’t be paying a base salary of $10 million to him this year. It’ll be more like $6.5-$7.5 million.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    I like it Ryan. This is what I’ve been trying to say all along. I think you hit the nail on the head. Watch film of Schaub when he gets plenty of time to throw. He goes through his progressions very well, makes very quick decisions, his footwork in the pocket is tremendously good, and he has a nice quick release. He utilizes all his receivers, and he doesn’t play favoritism. It should be an exciting year.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Thank you, gdubb!

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Again, we didn’t give away Palmer. Palmer walked. It was a better situation for both organizations and Palmer (i.e., Raiders and Cardinals). Mistakes were made for sure, but this is a better decision with less fall out. Money wise and playability wise. Watch in September, you’ll be happy.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Hope is a powerful thing.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    I agree, Palmer wanted out of Oakland.

  • Bob Yost

    Always enjoy your takes Shane,… I see it like this: If we get the 2012 or earlier Schaub,… it’s ALL GOOD!! If he’s stuck in 2013 more not so good, but STILL better than what we had, in fact his QB rating last year was his lowest @ 71.1. Which is better than the ratings for all 3 QB’s we started last year,…COMBINED! We gonna be fine Nation!!! RN4L!

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Thank you Bob, I always enjoy your feedback. Great info on Schaub.

  • Bob Yost

    Thank you Shane!!!