There are some unrealistic expectations in California.
First linebacker LaMarr Woodley, who signed with Oakland as a free agent this offseason, felt the 11-year playoff drought would end for the Raiders in 2014.
“People definitely reacted when I said this was a playoff-caliber team,” Woodley said. “That should always be the main objective. If your goal is to go 8-8, I don’t want you on my team. We’re aiming for the top. Anything less is unacceptable.”
And now Raiders Coach Dennis Allen thinks Matt Schaub could be a top 10 quarterback this season.
“I haven’t made any bones about (the fact) I brought Matt Schaub in here to be a starter,” Allen said. “He’s been a top 10 quarterback in this league. There are a lot of teams out there that would love to have a top 10 quarterback in this league. I feel like we have one, so that’s the way we’re going right now.”
Schaub posted a 2-6 record as a starter for the Houston Texans last season while throwing for 2,310 yards, 10 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. According to Profootballfocus.com, his 70 percent accuracy rate (a quarterbacks completion percentage if you factor in dropped passes and take away spikes and throwaways) ranked 22nd out of 27 quarterbacks taking at least 50 percent of the snaps last season. That dropped to 55.1 percent when under pressure (27 out of 27).
For Schaub to climb back into the ranks of the top 10 (he was nominated to the Pro Bowl in 2009 and 2012) he is going to have to step up his game quite a bit. Since 2010, top 10 QBs have completed more passes, averaged more yards per attempt and seen a better TD/INT ratio than Schaub’s 2013 campaign.
|Name||Drop backs||Att.||Comp||Comp %||Yds||Yds/Att||TD||In||Sk|
|Top 10 since 2010, normalized to 400 Dropbacks||400||363||236||65.0%||2870||8.00||21||7||22|
But Schaub is also 32 years old, and since 1970 there have been just 10 QBs who have put up top 10 numbers (3,500 or more passing yards, 30 or more touchdowns and a passer rating in excess of 90) in their age 32 to 35 seasons.
Schaub talking like he could have a Philip Rivers-style rebirth w/all of his new found freedom and responsibility within Oakland’s offense.
— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) May 27, 2014
Maybe he can, but the odds are against.