Are the Raiders Aware They Traded for Matt SCHAUB?

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Yikes.
In sports talk radio, there is a running joke about the "Matts."

The Matts are a gaggle of NFL starting (or recently starting) quarterbacks who coincidentally all fall somewhere between, like, tenth and 45th among quarterbacks in terms of their perception around the league. It's a huge chunk of the tier that ranges anywhere from "just good enough to fool you into thinking they can win a Super Bowl" to "just horrible enough to get you fired." (Somewhere, Gary Kubiak nods.)

Also coincidentally, most of these quarterbacks have the first name "Matt."

Matt Ryan, Matt Stafford, Matt Hasselbeck, Matt Cassel, Matt Moore, Matt Leinart, Matt Flynn. And yes, Matt Schaub.

I bring up the Fraternal Order of Matts for a reason, and it's because I'm fairly certain that the Oakland Raiders think that they've traded for one of the actually-somewhat-decent Matts, like Ryan or Stafford, not one who did this last season...

(By the way, on the Fraternal Order of Matts -- I like to think that they all gather somewhere in the offseason, somewhere that truly embodies the essence of the Matt Tier of NFL quarterbacks. Des Moines, Iowa, has that feel, maybe Toledo. Instead of golf and strip clubs, they play cribbage with Brady Bunch reruns playing in the background and get heaped up on Capri Sun. This is also where they induct new members. Last year, Matt McGloin had to eat a whole bar of marshmallow Fluff for his hazing. I've thought about this way too much.)

It started with the introductory press conference, where Schaub got a hero's welcome and his future bosses gushed effusively about what a stud he's been these past few years (casually ignoring the fact that he concluded one of the most disastrous seasons of the past decade just months prior to this).

Just a few days ago, future Hall of Famer and no Schaub teammate Charles Woodson had the following things to say about Schaub:

"I think every man on the team is counting on him being the guy," Woodson said during an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio. "You know, you bring him over from Houston, and it's been duly noted about the struggles that he had last year. But you can't discount the year that he had before last year so we're looking at last year as being an anomaly and that not being the true Matt Schaub."

Right. Because quarterbacks who are average their whole career and suddenly have a catastrophically terrible year at age 32 typically revert back to their average self the following season. Especially when trying to do it in an environment and culture like Oakland's.

Solid philosophy, Chuck.


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Stephen Garza
Stephen Garza

Are the Texans aware they don't have a decent starting QB? #2-14

Donnol Hem
Donnol Hem

Houston Press trying to trash someone else based on their ads? What, are you pissed they don't advertise hookers and sexlines?

fonzmorelli
fonzmorelli

"Being average his entire career" just plain wrong. Average QBs don't go to the pro bowl and get MVP, don't throw for 4000+ yards for multiple seasons. YOU'RE SUFFERING FROM BIAS. Just because the info is more recent, doesn't make it more important than the info that came before it.

gfm0
gfm0

Betting on a miraculous turnaround by Matt Schaub is foolish. QBs just don't remake themselves at this level. I can't think of a single example.


I predict Schaub will falter and that DA being the stubborn, insecure coach who can't make a decision that he is will not pull him until the season is lost. He will then put Carr into the lineup of a demoralized team before he is ready and destroy his development for the future. 


If Schaub struggles DA should not hesitate to put in McGloin who can win. Consider that he was a UDFA, walk-on, 4th string camp arm who probably spent more time with trainers than coaches last year. He ended the season with stats better than Peyton's rookie season and Peyton was groomed for the job from the draft.


Give Schaub a chance but if he is not successful yearly go with the youth of McGloin. He is exciting, moves the chains and with the improvements to the line should perform even better. With a defense that can make a 4th quarter stop we would have a good chance at putting up some wins.

Jo Evins
Jo Evins

Yes uh... Not like we got any better now, shouldn't wasted the draft pick

Cody Ford
Cody Ford

Looks like an ad for the Walking Dead, with those lifeless stripper eyes!

Mj Street
Mj Street

Watch him kick ass for them.

Justin Moore
Justin Moore

Because he's better than what Houston has

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