Just one day after signing a contract with the Oakland Raiders, quarterback Matt Schaub has already been named the starting quarterback for the 2014 season by head coach Dennis Allen as of Saturday. It was hardly needed for Allen to name Schaub as the starting quarterback already, because it was understood that Schaub would be the Raiders starter when they traded for him with the Houston Texans on Friday and took on the last three years of his contract that goes through the 2016 season.
The Raiders don’t have the type of quarterbacks on their roster to compete with an advanced veteran quarterback like Schaub. The existing two QBs on the team is Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin, and neither of them has shown the type of talent to warrant them being a starting quarterback.
“We brought Matt Schaub in to be our starting quarterback,” Allen said via Raiders website. “We feel very confident that he is going to be able to come in and function in that role and be outstanding for us. Obviously, we love having competition within the team, but right now Matt Schaub is our starting quarterback. This is a guy that is a two-time Pro Bowl player. When you get an opportunity to add those type of players, that’s what we’re looking to do.”
Being named as the Raiders starting quarterback before training camp is even started is a hug positive for Schaub because he won’t have to worry about beating out the existing quarterbacks on the Raiders team. Instead, he can focus on learning the plays and trying to get comfortable with the Raiders receivers.
The Raiders could use their No.5 pick in the 1st round to select one of the top quarterbacks in the draft. It’s not expected that the Raiders will do that unless someone is there that they really like a lot like Johnny Manziel. Blake Bortles or Teddy Bridgewater. With the Raiders in possession of a high draft picks, the chances are very good that they’ll wind up with a very good quarterback if their desire is to use their 1st round pick on drafting quarterback.
Schaub has a career completion percentage of 64, and a passing rating of 89.9. He’s twice been on Pro Bowl teams.
The difference between Schaub and the other Raiders quarterbacks on the team is the strength of his arm and his size. He’s huge, and capable of making a lot of the deep throws that the Raiders have been lacking since they traded away Caron Palmer.