ALAMEDA – Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub is learning a brand new offensive scheme for the first time in years. The more he discovers about coordinator Greg Olson’s scheme, the more he likes it.
Scahub has more freedom than ever before, with the ability to change plays and alignments at the line of scrimmage to best take advantage of an opposing defense.
He can change a route. He can alter a protection call or find another play to stay productive.
It’s a luxury he didn’t have in seven seasons with the Houston Texans. It’s something he’s really enjoyed during his first few months as a Raider.
“I have a bit more control,” Schaub said. “We had audible systems in Houston but, as far as protection calls and some other things, there is more freedom to change routes and put the skill players in position to make big plays. At this stage of my career, it’s refreshing to have that opportunity. It challenges me from a mental standpoint.”
Olson’s playbook is massive, and can be catered to a player’s strengths. Terrelle Pryor didn’t have the freedom to make these changes, but this season Olson is taking advantage of Schaub’s mental acumen. Olson’s giving Schaub the keys to the castle, which is something the veteran is looking forward to.
“That’s what’s great about Greg’s offense,” Schaub said. “As the quarterback, you’re given a lot of tools to make adjustments and make things right at the line of scrimmage. It’s great to have that responsibility. There’s a lot of time and effort that goes with it, in terms of preparation to understand what the right calls are in every situation.”
Schaub carries his iPad playbook with him at always, and spends a countless hours of his free time diving into Olson’s scheme. He has a lot to learn, and believes there is enough time to master the system before the regular season.
“We’re going to take full advantage of every moment we have to prepare for this season,” Schaub said. “We’re given a small window to accomplish our goals, but we can get everything done. We’re building something, and I’m excited about where we’ll be able to go when we get everything figured out.”