When the Oakland Raiders traded a sixth round pick for quarterback Matt Schaub, everyone knew what was going to happen. After an abysmal year in 2013 in which Schaub set an NFL record for most consecutive games with a pick six, many are just waiting for the chance to jump out of their seats and yell “I TOLD YOU SO” the second that Schaub starts to flounder. And head coach Dennis Allen is fully aware of that fact:
I know how this whole thing is going to work. Every time Schaub throws an interception, everyone is going to want to try and hit the panic button and act like the sky is falling.
Schaub threw interceptions on back to back plays during practice on Thursday with both balls being picked off by safety Charles Woodson. According to Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group, the first play was a bad decision by Schaub and the second play was just a great play by Woodson. McDonald also noted that quarterbacks often try throws in training camp that they would never try in a real game, seemingly questioning the significance of the first interception.
I knew about the interceptions in practice and heard what Allen had to say in his press conference but did not think a whole lot of it. I mean after all, it’s the first week of training camp and every quarterback throws interceptions in training camp. I went to dinner and drinks with friends and when I came back, much of Twitter had gone off the deep end about Schaub.
I was surprised but really should not have been. It makes no sense to give up on Schaub based on one practice very early in training camp but at the same time, Allen is right. Everytime Schaub makes a mistake, many Raiders fans are going to do their best impression of Texans fans and turn on him.
Let me just say this now. Schaub is going to make mistakes, that is just how it is. But overreacting to those mistakes is a waste of time. Almost all reports on Schaub thus far have been positive so anyone jumping on him now simply looks as though they have been waiting for any chance to scream and yell about him.
And if you think Derek Carr wouldn’t make mistakes if he replaced Schaub, you are simply kidding yourself. Just the other day Carr fumble the snap on back to back plays. He is a rookie who has a lot to learn and the fact of the matter is, he will make mistakes if played right away.
I’ve said it many times this offseason, the Raiders training camp will be the most intriguing of any camp in the NFL. But less than a week in, it appears that the intrigue of this year’s camp is also leading to extreme reactions. First it was cut D.J. Hayden and now it’s bench Schaub. Get ready Raider Nation, I have a feeling we are in for a rather intense and emotional camp.