Although the drafting of Derek Carr makes the Raiders’ future at the quarterback position all the more bright, there is little doubt that Matt Schaub enters 2014 as the starter.
In Schaub, the Raiders now have the proven veteran signal-caller they have attempted to find so many times since the retirement of Rich Gannon.
A 10-year pro, Schaub eclipsed the 4,000-yard plateau in each of the three seasons in which he started all 16 games in Houston, throwing for a career-best 4,770 yards and 29 touchdowns in 2009.
Many will point to his down 2013 campaign in the case against him moving forward, but that season remains the outlier in an otherwise successful and consistent career in the NFL.
Of course, the record set for consecutive games with interceptions taken back for touchdowns does him no favors, but the Texans’ struggles were a result of much more than Schaub’s play alone.
An offense long reliant on the running game suddenly began to struggle in that area, often having to become a pass-dominant attack that proved to be relatively predictable in its concepts.
As Schaub said in a recent interview with the Contra Costa Times’ Jerry McDonald, one of the more exciting aspects of coming to Oakland will be him having the kind of control in the offense and at the line of scrimmage that he rarely had in Houston.
Whether or not a veteran quarterback having a lack of control in the offense was the root of Houston’s problems in 2013, we will never know.
Either way, it was clear that Schaub was in need of a fresh start, and that’s what he is now getting in Oakland.
While he isn’t the long-term answer, the Raiders’ quarterback position is in much better shape after acquiring Schaub this offseason.