Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson took all the fun out of a quarterback controversy early in a Friday press conference acknowledging the team’s latest offseason acquisition.
“I’d like to introduce you to the 2014 Raiders quarterback, Matt Schaub,” Olson said.
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Well that killed a friendly camp competition. The declaration wasn’t a surprise, given that the Raiders have long said they wanted a veteran quarterback to carry them through 2014.
Friday’s exchange of a sixth round pick for the Houston Texans passer seemed to accomplish that goal. The vet was supposed to carry the Raiders while a young quarterback developed down the depth chart.
Not so fast. Schaub may not be a stopgap solution.
Head coach Dennis Allen made that proclamation in a conference call – he was out of town during Schaub’s introduction – with local press.
Allen has faith that the 32-year old can be the quarterback of the present and future.
“As you look around the league, you’re seeing these quarterbacks playing for a long time,” Allen said. “The way the rules have been set up trying to protect the quarterback, and I could definitely see Matt Schaub being the quarterback of the Oakland Raiders for more than just a year or two.”
Schaub is under contract through the 2016 season and won’t come cheap. If he plays to his monetary, the Raiders will have no cause to change quarterbacks.
“We feel very confident that Matt Schaub is the guy who can come in and lead this football team,” Allen said. “He’s shown that he can do it in this league. We believe he’s do it again here.”