Matt Schaub: ‘I’m looking for a fresh start’

Matt Schaub

The Oakland Raiders traded a sixth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft to the Houston Texans in exchange for quarterback Matt Schaub on Friday.

I’m very excited,” Schaub said in his introductory press conference. “My family is very excited. I’m very excited to get to work in such a manner that we can win a championship here in Oakland. I’m very excited to be a part of this team, a lot of veteran leaders and a lot of talent. The offseason so far has proven the will to win around here and the players that are being brought in. I’m very excited to be a part of this organization.”

The Raiders have three other quarterbacks in Terrelle Pryor, Matt McGloin anTrent Edwards, but coach Dennis Allen said Schaub will be the starter.

“We feel very confident that Matt Schaub is the guy that can come in and lead this football team. And he’s proven that he can do it in this league,” Allen said.

Schaub enters his 11th season in the NFL, and has thrown for over 4,000 yards three times in his career.  After leading the Texans to AFC South Division titles in 2011 and 2012, Schaub played in just 10 games last season completing 219 passes for 2,310 yards and 10 touchdowns.  He was benched in October but regained the starting job in late December.

“A fresh start can do a lot of things for a player and a team,” Schaub said. “I’m one of those guys. Last year did not go at all how I had planned, given my prior nine years before that. I’m looking for a fresh start. I’m excited about the opportunity here and the players on this team, the coaches, the plan and the direction.”

Schaub said he will bring a lot of experience and  leadership to the team.

“I think I bring a lot of experience, a lot of knowledge of how to play the position, how a successful offense works and how it operates consistently. I think I’ve done it for a few years now at a high level at the quarterback position. Just a level of leadership to help set a direction that Dennis Allen and Greg Olson will help set for the team and for the offense. But, as the quarterback, you have to step in the huddle and demand things out of your teammates and set a course.

“I think that starts in the offseason. I think it starts with how you prepare and how you work at your craft and how you demonstrate to them that if they just bust their tail day in and day out that at the end of the day, you are going to give them a chance to win. That’s what we’re here to do and that’s the direction we’re going.”

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