Charles Woodson: We expect big things from Matt Schaub

AP

After the Texans benched Matt Schaub amid a flurry of interceptions last season, there weren’t many people who would have predicted big things from him in the 2014 season.

It is still hard to find a lot of folks betting on a bounceback season, but Schaub has believers in Oakland after the Raiders traded for him this offseason. Safety Charles Woodson said that Schaub is a player that “knows how to get better” and that the Raiders “expect big things” from a player whose status as an NFL starter wasn’t in doubt at this time last year.

“I think every man on the team is counting on him being the guy,” Woodson said 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.”

In 2012, Schaub completed 64.3 percent of his passes while throwing for 4,008 yards and 22 touchdowns. Anything close to that would make plenty of people outside of Oakland believe that Schaub was written off a bit too early. If the other veterans who joined the Raiders this offseason have a similar resurgence, Oakland might wind up winning more games than many are predicting.

51 responses to “Charles Woodson: We expect big things from Matt Schaub

  1. You don’t need to ask every player on the team, just find out if Derek Carr agrees and is also hoping that Schaub is counting on him to be the guy, that’s the most interesting perspective to find out more about since he’s obviously the most likely candidate to unseat him. If Derek Carr truly thinks Schaub is the best bet for the team then that makes it easier to choose to have him holding the clipboard.

  2. Schaub couldn’t get it done with Arian Foster and Andre Johnson. He’s going to get it done with McFadden and James Jones? Yeah, right.

  3. The offensive line is huge and has depth and new life, the WR, FB, RB talent is ready. Rivera a great pass-catching TE threat and Ausberry back.

    I like the offense, just need the right play calling for Schaub to make the right checks. Heavy doses of the backs and Reece slipping out to make plays will help Schaub in the intermediate pass game.

    Little, Jones possesion WR’s …
    Streater, Moore, Holmes some speedy size threats deep.

    Schaub has the tools, we’ll see

  4. Humbolt actually Schaub didn’t have Foster last year? Andre was hurt too. Whole team was. Awful year.

  5. Time will tell, but funny how everybody wnats to put a fork in the guy for one bad year..I still think Raiders take an OLT with the first pick next year, and will sign UFA Suh next year….after all we once again have the most cap space next year in the nfl as well. .Haters are going to hate, so hate on…….still would not be surprised to see Andre Johnson on this years roster as well..

    Go Raiders…Go Schaub!

  6. Texans offensive llne was bottom 5 in both running and passing protection (PFF™). He was a poor QB that completely lost his confidence(in himself & team) last year. If he has enough time to throw the ball and get that confidence back I believe the Raiders will suprise alot of teams,

  7. Raiders fans…. as big Matt Schaub and Texans fan…. I think you got him for a steal and I think he can be a great QB for you.

    The Sherman pick 6 destroyed his confidence and then the pick 6 in the very first play of the next game buried him for the year.

    I think with a change of venue and a fresh start he can be a very good QB again. Schaub is a 2 time pro bowler and former pro bowl MVP. He has thrown for 4k yds 4 times I think and has been a passing champion in this league.

    Don’t expect him to scramble for 1st downs or throw bombs over the top. But do expect a very accurate passer on short and mid range throws, and previous to last year, very careful with the football. Also he’s one of the best passers in the league on play action.

  8. Phew, what a relief. I was worried that Charles Woodson was hoping Schuab would make lots of mistakes and play terribly. Glad that’s not the case.

  9. Yep… He’s about to break his own pick 6 record.

    Honestly, no worries Raider Nation. No way Carr isn’t the immediate starter.

  10. Yes, Woodson still plays, and yes, he will be a first ballot HOFer. One man’s decline is another man’s prime. Woodson might not be the shut down corner he once was at this stage of his career, but he’s doing just fine as a free safety. Experience usually trumps youth and over exuberance.

  11. I agree with 8to80, Schaub is probably ready for a rebound–new environment, new system, new chance. I think he will come out with a huge chip on his shoulder and surprise some of the doubters. Yes, he had a terrible year, but that was due to many factors. Two years ago some people were calling him elite…He’s worth another chance.

  12. Yes, Woodson still plays, and yes, he will be a first ballot HOFer. One man’s decline is another man’s prime. Woodson might not be the shut down corner he once was at this stage of his career, but he’s doing just fine as a free safety. Experience usually trumps youth and over exuberance.

    Check that – Unless Youth and Over-Exuberance runs a 4.2 40…but then, Woodson would trip him. HOFer…

  13. Hopefully a change of scenery can turn him into a productive quarterback. Our whole team was awful last year, so it’s no surprise he played like garbage.

  14. We expect big things from Matt Schaub
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    Then prepare to be disappointed.

  15. You would expect the Texan fans to be all over us for taking Matt. But in reality, they have all been pretty classy in their posts here.

    All in all, no one knows what anyone is going to do this season. I, for one, think P. Manning, in donkey land, along with P. Rivers, in South Oakland, are both done!

    But what the hell do I know about the upcoming season? Nada! No one knows shiot about the future…

    Late…

  16. Don’t know how he’ll do for the Raiders but one thing I do know is that the Texans were dumb to dump him before they had their qb situation more squared away than it is. Good luck Matt.

  17. Wish Schaub the best, but players run out of one town ahead of pitchforks, face an uphill climb in a city with fans that pride themselves on being, a bit crazy.

    IMO, Oakland is no place for a reclamation project of a guy who appeared close to a nervous breakdown last year.

    I repeat: good luck though. He will need it.

  18. All these people write Schaub off but he had 3 good seasons where he took his team to the playoffs. Anyone can have 1 bad season hope that was it tho!!!! If not hopefully Carr pans out he did in college. Anyway go Raiders!!!!

  19. I think the Raiders will surprise a lot of people, including some teams at the front end of the schedule.
    I’m not thinking playoffs, but an improvement to 7-9 or 8-8 is a possibility.
    I think they’ll have some close upsets that last year would have been big losses…

  20. How well Schaub does will have a lot to do with how his OL does and how productive Jones-Drew and McFadden can be. Schaub can manage wins with a solid fundamental team around him. The question is whether the Raiders can field a solid fundamental team on offense. I think they’ve got a chance to be better than many expect.

  21. rdrfan says:
    Jul 14, 2014 6:06 PM
    Just like the heat quit in the playoffs the Texans quit on schaub.

    *********************

    I wouldn’t say the Heat quit as much as they faced a better, healthier team this time that had a better coach.

    And they knew it by game 2

  22. Prediction: Schaub continues his downward spiral and loses games they should win.
    Coach Allen is fired because he’s on a real short leash, week 5 the Raiders have a new head coach and the Carr era begins.

  23. It was actually said that Oakland is no place for a reclamation project…that cannot be a real opinion. Reclamation projects are at the heart of just about every great Raider team and for a team coming off a decade of losing I’d say taking a chance on a reclamation project does make sense.

    Especially considering the project is on a guy who had 1 down year.

  24. We Raider fans expect a lot from Schaub and if he doesn’t produce then it’s time for reggie and denise to be fired for total incompetence. Chances are Carr will have to become the starter before midseason. Looks like another losing season for the Raiders because the punk who inherited the team is clueless about how to build a winning championship team.

  25. “One good season”??
    Really, he’s had one bad season. He’s not elite, but he’s been pretty good when he’s had weapons, certainly worth a sixth round pick, and better than most of the starters in the league now.

  26. Laughing at all the hater comments.

    Schaub is the perfect stopgap until Carr is ready. If he bounces back – we get a much better than average QB with a ton of experience. If he flops he can help Carr (who’s already exceeded expectations) develop his game from the sidelines. It’s a no lose scenario.

    Personally I think Schaub falls somewhere in the middle of the glorified return and epic failure which is currently be projected by either side. This would still make him better than any QB the Raiders have trotted out since Gannon btw and that’s just fine with me.

    I hope the haters get it out of their system now because these same clowns will be quiet as church mice when we put up a decent record this season. And before you squawk or twist my words – I said decent season – not playoffs or SB. I honestly think we’re going to be better than most think but we still have one more year to get to where we need.

  27. humb0lt says: Jul 14, 2014 5:32 PM

    Schaub couldn’t get it done with Arian Foster and Andre Johnson. He’s going to get it done with McFadden and James Jones? Yeah, right.
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    The Chargers haven’t been relevant since Tobin Rote was under center. And they have not “got it done” ever since.

  28. Schaub had ONE bad year. How many did Plunkett or Alex Smith or Steve McNair? I think this is much more about crappy on the Raiders than Schuab.

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