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    Raiders Matt Shaub enjoying his Oakland reboot.....Jerry McDonald

    ALAMEDA -- When Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub is out bonding with his new teammates around the Bay Area, many fans aren't even aware the offseason's most important acquisition is in their midst.

    "Being out with Marcel Reece and Darren McFadden, those guys are so visible," Schaub said in a recent exclusive interview at the club facility. "They notice me sometimes, but I'm flying under the radar. I've been in here from sun-up to sun-down. It's all work right now."

    The work continues when the Raiders convene for an organized team activity Tuesday. Schaub's days of staying under the radar, however, will quickly give way to the spotlight.


    Coming off a horrific season with the Houston Texans, Schaub was targeted by Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen as the man to guide their organization to its first winning season in 11 years.

    Dealt to the Raiders for a sixth-round draft pick, Schaub had become the face of failure for a Houston team that had been a smart money pick to win the AFC but instead went 2-14.

    One of only six quarterbacks in NFL history to tally a passer rating of 90 or above for at least five consecutive seasons, Schaub bottomed out in 2013. He had 10 touchdown passes, 14 interceptions and a passer rating of 73.0 and set a dubious record by having an interception returned for a touchdown in four consecutive games.

    The Raiders are convinced they have brought in the good Schaub, not the one who was so reviled by the local fan base that he needed security for his family at home.

    Schaub, 32, has embraced his reboot with the Raiders. If there are any scars from his experience last season, he hides them well.

    "It comes with the territory," he said. "It comes with the position. It comes with playing in the NFL. If you let it get to you, you'll be out the door faster than you came in."


    Rather than recount what went wrong in 2013, Schaub has elected to move forward. He said he is energized by an offensive system that will give him more control than he ever had in Houston in terms of changing plays at the line of scrimmage. He said he has embraced the challenge of becoming the unquestioned quarterback leader the Raiders have lacked since Rich Gannon's career ended in 2005.

    "I'll want to come in and take control of the huddle," Schaub said. "That's the job of the quarterback. It's up to me to set a standard for how our offense is going to operate, how we're going to work and how we're going to prepare. You've got to demand that out of the guys in the huddle with you."

    Offensive coordinator Greg Olson said Schaub has already taken charge of the quarterback room, which also includes six-game starter Matt McGloin, second-round draft pick Derek Carr and veteran Trent Edwards.

    The Houston system under coach Gary Kubiak restricted Schaub in terms of changing plays at the line of scrimmage. With the Raiders, Schaub will be free to get the Raiders out of a bad play based on the look he gets from a defense.

    "You can get stale," Olson said. "I think we've tried our best to stimulate him, to motivate him to get back to the level of play he had shown in the past. He's taken the full reins of that."

    Andre Ware, the former Heisman Trophy winner who serves as the Texans' radio color analyst, said in a recent interview on 95.7 The Game that being unable to audible in Kubiak's system is "like playing with one arm tied behind your back."

    Said Schaub: "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, it's such a great place to be because you can get everybody on the same page."

    Ware said Schaub appeared to lose his confidence last season in a Week 2 loss to Seattle and it "just kind of snowballed" to the point that "he just didn't have that zip in the middle portion of the season that he had in training camp."


    However, Ware fully expects Schaub to return to form.

    "The best thing that could have happened for Matt is a change of scenery and a chance to hit the restart button," Ware said. "I think he'll flourish in Oakland."

    In the meantime, Schaub has spent the first five weeks of the offseason program learning everything he can about his teammates so he can maximize his ability to lead.

    "As a quarterback, you have to be somewhat of a psychologist," Schaub said. "Can I joke around in the huddle to keep this guy loose? Does this guy need a little fire lit under him?"

    On a team with several veteran free agents that were essentially sent packing by their former employers, Schaub said, "I'm definitely in that group ... you've got to have that edge or you'll take something for granted and before you know it it will be gone.

    "You've got to prove to the coaches, the owners, the G.M., that you're the guy for the job."

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    Show us on the field.

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    Nice read.

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    Show and prove....But I like his attitude.

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    Shaub has a nice opportunity to pull a Plunkett and forever be enshrined in Raider greatness, pulling a Gannon does the Raiders no good he never accomplished greatness, MVP isn`t forever memorable and failed with the offensive weapons with which he was provided.

    I wish the kid luck, McGloin could also lead us to gold down the road.

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    Kubiak didn`t allow audibles in real time, no wonder he is currently jobless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_firm_09 View Post
    Shaub has a nice opportunity to pull a Plunkett and forever be enshrined in Raider greatness, pulling a Gannon does the Raiders no good he never accomplished greatness, MVP isn`t forever memorable and failed with the offensive weapons with which he was provided.

    I wish the kid luck, McGloin could also lead us to gold down the road.
    Wow a Raider fan who doesn't worship the Gruden/ Gannon years? Thought I was the only one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYRaiderLove View Post
    Wow a Raider fan who doesn't worship the Gruden/ Gannon years? Thought I was the only one.
    I'm here too

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYRaiderLove View Post
    Wow a Raider fan who doesn't worship the Gruden/ Gannon years? Thought I was the only one.
    They fell short like the Oakland A`s when they play the Tigers, we must do better to be relevant.

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    Gannon doesn't have to be worshipped as deity to be appreciated. I would be thrilled to have any of our QB's match the general production we received from him. He did not play well on the biggest Sunday (perhaps for a multitude of reasons independent of some overall inadequacy), but he was still generally good enough to lead a winner in my opinion. He was integral to a very good offense and successful team stretch. I personally wouldn't decline a hypothetical second coming.

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    I would rate Rich Gannon as the best QB in Raiders history, but thats just me. That Super Bowl performance was an outlier in an otherwise stellar Raiders career.

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    He had that much success without calling audibles ? Man he must made some great decisions.
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    Reggie Please draft Aaron Donald.

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    Hopefully Shaub will provide experience/stability on the offense. Nothing against McGloin, but Reggie made a good decision by taking this route. Up until he got injured, he was successful.

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    I have been saying all along that people would be foolish to put the Texans downfall all on Schaubs shoulders. The playcalling in Houston became stale and predictable. Opposing defensive players said as much. Saying they knew what was coming. I put that on the head coach for not changing things up and not allowing his veteran QB to make audibles if need be. I'm not saying Schaub will be the next great Raiders QB by anymeans but I wouldn't write him off just yet because of last season either.


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    Quote Originally Posted by krsonekth View Post
    I have been saying all along that people would be foolish to put the Texans downfall all on Schaubs shoulders. The playcalling in Houston became stale and predictable. Opposing defensive players said as much. Saying they knew what was coming. I put that on the head coach for not changing things up and not allowing his veteran QB to make audibles if need be. I'm not saying Schaub will be the next great Raiders QB by anymeans but I wouldn't write him off just yet because of last season either.
    A pick six in 4 consecutive games isn't because of bad play calling though

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