Matt Schaub's Oakland Press Conference: This Is Why They're The Raiders

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OLSON: "The time that he's played, he's had nine seasons of a 90-plus quarterback rating, which I think there are only four or five players in the history of the league that have ever done that..."

SP: Actually, just two players who've done that, and neither of them are Matt Schaub. Peyton Manning, Brett Favre. That's it. Schaub's done it five times as a starter. (And let's not get started on how passer rating is really just the ultimate tool for selective confirmation bias, and stat that can be worked to benefit dink and dunk passers.)

Oh, also, he's done this....


OLSON: "Obviously he's had a tremendous amount of experience. He's at an age right now where most quarterbacks are in their prime. We feel like he's got a lot of football ahead of him. He's a proven winner. We weren't going to let last season deter us from the player and the track record that he has shown over his career."

SP: Proven winner.....

OLSON: "Like I said, he was our number one target from day one. It was just a matter of getting the deal done. Feel fortunate to have the player."

SP: Indeed, fortunate.....

OLSON: "It's exciting and it's funny you bring that up because, certainly in part of the evaluation process, when I looked at Matt Schaub, and obviously I've seen the player over the years, I have a lot of respect for way he plays the game. And when you look at him statistically, had he not had the season that he had last year in Houston, he wouldn't be sitting next to me here today. So, I feel very fortunate..."

SP: Oh, I hear ya, have to be fired up that Schaub did THIS a shit ton of times last season....

....otherwise, you never would've been able to get him.

Seriously, an NFL offensive coordinator basically just said "Thank God the guy we just traded for was so horrific last season or the team whose season he torpedoed never would've traded him to us." Ladies and gentleman, the Oakland Raiders!

And finally, a Schaub soundbite that pretty much sums up this whole thing...

QUESTION: The last winning quarterback here was 12 years ago, Rich Gannon. A lot of guys have come through here and with back-to-back four-win seasons, do you think you're the guy that can lead this team to a winning record?
SCHAUB: "Without question, I think I'm that guy. That's one of the most unique and intriguing aspects of coming to this organization is the rich and storied tradition that they have here, especially at this position.... "

SP: Indeed....since they last won a Super Bowl....Jay Schroeder, Jeff Hostetler, Jeff George, Rich Gannon, Kerry Collins....

SCHAUB: "....there are so many great quarterbacks that have played here...."

SP: ....Duante Culpepper, Marques Tuiasosopo, Aaron Brooks, Andrew Walter, JaMarcus Russell.....

SCHAUB: "....played at a championship level....

SP: ....Bruce Gradkowski, Jason Campbell, Carson Palmer, Matt McGloin, Terrelle Pryor....

SCHAUB: "'s just great to possibly be a part of that and make my name here..."

SP: Great and appropriate!

Also, this....

Have fun, Oakland.

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Steve Tyrrell
Steve Tyrrell

Shoot Pete. A Texan QB might be worth a sixth rounder to the Raiders. Even if he rides the pine. What could possibly go wrong?

Christopher Legington
Christopher Legington

Let's talk about the Texans. Matt Schaub is no longer a Texan, so let's move on!

Michael Terry
Michael Terry

I still have faith in Schaub and believe the Texans have made a mistake.

David Alan Turchen
David Alan Turchen

And your mean and thoughtless commentaries are why no one takes you seriously.


Sean, I just want to say how much you've improved the afternoon show. Rich is great but god, that idiot was hard to listen to.  Thank you, thank you thank you. Or should I be addressing this at management.  :)


The Raiders are still as dysfunctional as when Al Davis was alive.  Schaub compared to Rich Gannon?  Maybe in age, but not in talent.

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