Maurice Jones-Drew quietly returned home to the Bay Area in free agency as the veteran running back opted to sign with Oakland to reconnect with his hometown team after playing his football in California after a legendary high school career at De La Salle.
After injuries have slowed him down Jones-Drew is motivated to bolster the Raiders backfield and rejuvenate his career along with fellow disrespected veteran Darren McFadden as the new look Oakland roster prepares to prove that the “same old Raiders” stereotype that writers have been using to dismiss teams since their playoff drought began is a thing of the past.
Joining a group that includes plenty of Super Bowl winners and players with deep playoff experience, Jones-Drew is excited to leave Jacksonville for a chance to bring the playoffs to his home area and with players who have climbed the highest mountain in Justin Tuck and LaMarr Woodley it appears MJD feels confident in his new team’s chances of being a contender.
Most importantly, Jones-Drew feels that the Raiders new veteran quarterback is capable of doing just that. Endorsing the much maligned Houston Texans quarterback and his chances of putting a disaster of a 2013 season behind him to move forward and lead the Raiders back to the playoffs.
MJD feels that Schaub can do even more than that, saying that he feels that Schaub is a quarterback who could perhaps even lead a team to the Super Bowl.
“You can definitely make the Super Bowl with Matt Schaub at quarterback,” Jones-Drew said during an interview on Sirius’ Mad Dog Sports Radio. “Schaub has something to prove this year. I know Matt Schaub is a guy who can lead us.”
MJD’s comments are interesting, but are expected due to the fact that this is the offseason and everyone is in the honeymoon period while selling themselves and their teams chances after free agency. Stranger things have happened, and worse quarterbacks have won the Super Bowl (Brad Johnson, anyone?) so MJD isn’t crazy, but attaching the Super Bowl and the Oakland Raiders is definitely something that hasn’t been done all the time so it is no shock that this interview has gained traction since Jones-Drew went on air.