The Raiders traded a sixth-round pick to the Texans to acquire quarterback Matt Schaub early in the offseason, a move that gives the team a veteran quarterback and gives Schaub a chance to bounce back after a dismal 2013 season.
During an interview with Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group, Schaub said he’s enjoying life in a new place. He called it “stimulating” to work with a new group of players after a long run in Houston, including a group of other veterans trying to show that they still have something left to offer. He’s most excited about the amount of control of the offense he’s been given by offensive coordinator Greg Olson.
“It’s exciting. It’s just like going to a new place and getting a fresh start. To come to an offense where the coach is looking to give you more freedom, and looking to give you more control of things,” Schaub said. “I had that in some aspects in Houston, but there are things I’m being asked to do here that I didn’t have control of in Houston. I would have loved to, but we just weren’t in control of it. To now be in that position, and being the quarterback, that’s such a great place to be because you can get everyone on the same page.”
Schaub had been a steady and consistent performer for years in Houston before everything went pear-shaped last season and the Raiders are obviously hoping that will prove to be an aberration. With no guaranteed money beyond this year and Derek Carr waiting in the wings, doing so will be essential for Schaub’s chances of remaining a starter in the NFL.