The Oakland Raiders have traded a sixth round draft pick for quarterback Matt Schaub from the Houston Texans. Or as sports media has so affectionately dubbed, a sixth round pick for Mr. Pick Six, which just goes to show that in their eyes, the Raiders can do no right. To be fair, Schaub is in fact coming off a season that saw him benched in favor of Case Keenum, but clearly general manager Reggie McKenzie doesn’t seem to think all his glory days are behind him.
The 2013 season saw Schaub hop out to a fast start when he launched the largest comeback in Texans’ franchise history against the San Diego Chargers. On the ultimate stage that is Monday Night Football, Schaub led the Texans’ from a 3rd quarter deficit of 28-7 to a victory of 31-28 over the Chargers. His statistics for the game were 34-for-45 totaling 346 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
The following week saw Schaub leading the Texans to yet another comeback victory over the Tennessee Titans, finishing the game with 298 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. The Texans won in overtime, 30-24. The following two games showcased a Schaub who threw three interceptions, one of which was a pick six. That pick six made it the fourth consecutive game that Schaub had thrown a pick six in, which is actually an NFL record.
He was injured in the following game in week five, but when he had recovered from the ankle injury, Keenum was still tapped to start for the remainder of the season. Schaub played ten games in 2013 for a total of 2,310 yards, 10 touchdowns, and a whopping 14 interceptions
Schaub was selected in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. As the 90th overall pick, he was the fifth of 17 QBs taken in a very deep QB class, with players such as Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, and Ben Roethlisberger in the same draft class. He was with the Falcons until 2007 when he was traded to the Texans.
His first season with the Texans was plagued with injury, but he and back up QB Sage Rosenfels worked together to bring the team to its first .500 season, with a record of 8-8. His next five seasons with the Texans, he had passer ratings of over 92.0 each season. His career statistics thus far are 24,254 yards with 130 touchdowns and 84 interceptions with a passer rating of 89.8.
Since 1984, the Ed Block Courage Awarded has been bestowed upon a player on each NFL team. The award is one that is voted on by the recipient’s teammates in order to recognize his extra efforts on and off the field along with his ability to overcome great adversity. The recipient should exemplify commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage. It has become one of the most prestigious awards that any player can receive and this is because no other award is voted on by the recipient’s peers. The Texans selected Schaub as their 2012 Ed Block Courage award winner. 2012 was the season that Schaub had bounced back from a lisfranc injury.
Head coach Dennis Allen has already stated that Schaub will start in the 2014 season for the Raiders. He was set to earn $10 million this coming season, but he has reportedly worked with the Raider to restructure his contract thereby lowering his base salary.
With the recent addition at QB to the Raiders, it has been reported that back up Terrelle Pryor has sought to be released by the team. McKenzie also acknowledged on Monday at the NFL Owners Meeting in Orlando that Pryor will most likely be traded or released soon. McKenzie talked about how, “Terrelle wants to start so bad,” and he went on to say, “I’ll visit with him and we’ll talk to him and we’ll move on from there.” Allen has also been quoted this week as stating that drafting a QB is not an option that has been taken off the table. Raider Nation has to hope that a change is exactly what Schaub needs to light a fire under him and that he bounces back well from a lackluster 2013 season.