ESPN continues to give Schaub no respect, but is their criticism balanced I ask? Let's look at the stat lines for Schaub and Eli Manning from last year...
Eli Manning - 18 TD's - 27 Int's - 7 Fumbles - 3,818 yds - 69.4 rating
Matt Schaub - 10 TD's - 14 Int's - 2 Fumbles - 2,310 - 73.0 rating
Why has Eli escaped the backlash of sports media while turning in a colossal dump of a season? At least with Schaub we can point to both Houston's prolific team injuries as well as the tremendous failure that was Gary Kubiak and his terrible system, but what excuse did Eli have?
I personally believe Schaub is going to bounce back with a better suited system and a powered run game to help him. I would not be surprised to see us as being in the top three in rushing this year. I also feel that Schaub is more than a game manager even without Andre as his #1 receiver. But he does have to come in and prove that last year was due to circumstances and not lost ability.
So which quarterback would you rather have right now, Schaub or Eli?
My prediction: Both Schaub and the Raiders are going to earn back some respect this year...