Jan 30, 2014; New York, NY USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew on radio row at the Super Bowl XLVIII media center at the Sheraton Times Square New York. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Maurice Jones-Drew confident in Matt Schaub, “can lead us to Super Bowl”


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.

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  • KloverJane

    A lot less talk and a little more action. No more mediocrity in 2014!

  • bigninaross

    It’s a mindset. I 100% agree with MJD. Shaub is a smart, accurate QB and he’s been around for a little bit, so this isn’t his first rodeo. It all comes down to how quickly the team can build chemistry and learn to pay attention to detail. If this team is hitting on all cylinders, there’s no reason they can’t beat any team in the league. #RaiderNation !

  • raidersfanbob

    “Can lead us to the Super Bowl”, is totally taken out of context. MJD stated that Schaub can lead “A” team to the Super Bowl and that he knows Matt Schaub is a guy who can lead us. I’m just wondering at what point MJD stated that Matt Schaub can or will lead the Raiders to the Super Bowl? Unless those words came out if his mouth , his statements can be taken as nothing more than speculation that he is talking of Matt Schaub taking the Raiders to the Super Bowl. And, don’t tell me that you are reading between the lines.

  • KTDMM

    There is no surprise that MJD speaks highly of Schaub, considering he played him for many years and saw him play the game hard. I take his word any day over somebody who plays fantasy football and knows nothing about going out there and playing the game. On a bigger picture this is to be expected when you bring in veteran players who do not know what it means to lose and have won Super Bowl Rings. This will be the talk moving forward, playoffs and rings! Does it happen, well that’s to be seen, but don’t expect this team talking about we are shooting to do better than 4 wins. Get Rdy Raider Nation!

  • Paul J. Lorona

    Well said … Very well said. Raiders4life!