Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub hopes to keep offense running on time in third preseason game vs. Green Bay


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If the Raiders first-team offense were a transit system, there would be thousands of dissatisfied commuters.

The man responsible for making sure things run on time knows it has to be better.

“We need to be more consistent and stay on schedule’’ Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub said Monday. “ You would think the most important down is third down, but it’s really first down. You want to put yourself in a manageable situation. To have it second-and-medium or second-and-short really opens up the playbook.’’

Through two games, Schaub has been on the field for seven possessions with five punts, a deflected interception and one touchdown. The Raiders have gained 144 yards, with Schaub completing 11 of 20 passes for 108 yards and a passer rating of 49.6.

With a fan base having seen shaky quarterback play for the better part of the last 10 years and Schaub coming in off his worst season, Allen has been fielding almost daily questions about the confidence of his quarterback.

“I seem to get that question a lot, but I’m confident with where we’re at offensively,’’ Allen said. “I know our group is confident with where we’re at. I know Matt Schaub is confident with where he’s at.’’

Schaub will likely play into the third quarter Friday night when the Raiders play the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field (5 p.m.) with the hope of generating some consistent offensive play that will ease concerns that appear to be everywhere outside their own building.

Backup quarterback Derek Carr was on the field on a limited basis, but has not been cleared medically following a concussion and Allen isn’t sure if he’ll face Green Bay.

The opening possession of a 27-26 win over the Detroit Lions provided a glimpse into a Schaub offense will operate in theory.

There were no negative plays, with a reasonable third-and-6 converted with a 13-yard pass to James Jones and a third-and-2 converted with a short glip to Mychal Rivera that covered 18 yards.

Mixing in some runs with Maurice-Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden, the Raiders drove 47 yards to the Detroit 33 _ only to have Schaub’s second-and-6 pass to Jones glance off the receiver’s hands to Detroit safety James Ihedigbo.

“We moved the ball well, and the turnover set us back,’’ Jones said. “We did what we wanted to do, and that was get a good rhythm. Hopefully we can continue to do that this week.’’

Schaub said it is crucial to “stay out third-and-longs, because it gives the defense to call anything they want. If it’s third and less than six, you can throw flat route and convert rather than force the ball downfield.’’

In those seven possessions, Schaub has yet to complete a pass which traveled more than nine yards downfield to the receiver, with the bigger gains being run-after-catch plays.

In the preseason opener against Minnesota, Rivera didn’t come up with two downfield plays which could have been caught, and a 16-yard third-and-8 pass to Andre Holmes came back by penalty.

Schaub believes the offense is capable of hitting downfield plays and will do so in time.

.“I think we have big play ability on the outside,’’ Schaub said. “We have big, fast, physical receivers, and in one-on-one situations have shown they can catch the football at the high point and out-jump a defensive back or go up and get it when you give them a chance.’’

— Fullback Marcel Reece will have an MRI to determine what is wrong with his sore right foot.

“We don’t know exactly what the injury is right now,’’ Allen said.

— Carr said he felt much better but will be patient while going through the NFL concussion protocol.

“I’ve got a son I’m trying to hang out with for the rest of my life, so we’re going to take it slow,’’ Carr said.

— Cornerback DJ Hayden (foot) was doing some lateral movement drills and cutting with a member of the athletic training staff.

— Wide receiver Brice Butler left Sunday’s practice with concussion symptoms and will be out until he is cleared medically. Defensive tackle Justin Ellis and tackle Matt McCants remain out with concussions.

Others who did not practice included cornerback Chimdi Chekwa (knee), tight end David Ausberry (knee), wide receiver Juron Criner (hip) and cornerback Taiwan Jones (unspecified injury).


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • lefty12

    Wrong again.He threw 2 to Rivera and 1 to Holmes-read the article.
    At least when you throw out your hate/bias know what you are talking about.

  • Elliot

    I agree bro…I am sure mcgloin wouldn’t say it but doesn’t make him a better qb…but he is a rookie gonna give him slack….
    It is ONE NATION

  • TrevJo

    We had enough of that last year with Pryor actually

  • 0ak R8rs

    McGloin has never begged anyone you FCKING dck. McGloin has heart. STFU.

  • DJ Johnny

    I think most of us get that there is a protocol that has to be followed and that concussions are no joke..but it IS part of the business he has chosen.

    I think the “issue” is with him expressing what seems to be a self preservationist attitude…in a violent business.

  • Blackholepriest

    Thats not what he said. He said he wants to take it slow until the doctors CLEAR HIM…….PERIOD


  • Elliot

    So we should dump him?

  • Nice knowing you Hoyer, hoped you enjoyed your time in the limelight.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Surprised it was only 2 actually.

  • TrevJo

    He said on the outside, he didn’t say anything about past 9 yards :p

  • Blackholepriest

    Hasn’t completed one over 9 yards.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    There’s a middle ground there. Of course our hopes ideally don’t rest on any one player. Not even our QB or RB this year.

  • 0ak R8rs

    This is why guys w concussions aren’t allowed to talk to the media. That being said, why was he?

  • BigBenRexor
  • Elliot

    I was just thinking that looked like a deer in headlights

  • SnBG

    Schaub can still sling it but it’s OK to say say that he can’t because I know some people need to make shyt up just to criticize the Raiders

  • lefty12

    BS-it is hating on the guy for no reason,just like they hate on just about every other thing about the team.

  • Elliot

    Really I saw no sling in his shot

  • Hmm….good point.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Not saying that. Haven’t seen nearly enough either way. Haydone I’m sure is a bust. Still have hopes for Carr. Just don’t like his statement one bit. And didn’t like his reaction after the sack.

  • mikeschoice

    6 tackles, forced fumble and knock down pass

  • Blackholepriest

    Actually he did it got called back on a penalty.

    Schaub is very smart man. He knows how to run an offense he can be very impressive at times. His issue is consistency and doing it when you need it most.

    Also the picks have to stop……period

  • 0ak R8rs

    I guess.

  • r8ter4evr

    No I know in my trade my back hurts pretty much daily
    I go to work
    When he is cleared no more weak talk
    Isn’t it you that says just get it done

  • Rookie DB Gilbert may not be able to cover (I don’t know) but he has smacked two guys already.
    Physically plays like a top draft pick at CB.

  • lefty12

    For someone who roots for ‘laundry’ and not individuals,you sure have JF on your mind a lot.

  • Bob might die one of these times running around.
    WTF was he just doing? Get OOB man!!!!

  • r8ter4evr

    That piece of SH&T has no heart
    Took the money and ran
    You claim to be a Al fan

  • Just giving my two cents on a popular national topic.

  • Elliot

    I was being facetious but I get your point. ..I think he was stunned…I still think he is going to be very good. Hayden isn’t done…he will be good as well

  • Blackholepriest

    He aint the first to say it and he wont be the last. If he has studied PTSD IN ANY WAY. It’ll make you respect it.

  • Elliot

    Rg3 looks like an injury waiting to happen. .

  • r8ter4evr

    He needs to keep it quiet
    We need tough players

  • TrevJo

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… He doesn’t have what it takes to be an effective leader of NFL players

  • SnBG

    When you know better you do better. now that they are recognizing the issue I don’t blame Carr for taking care of himself.

  • I dug it.

  • yep his ego is too big to get rid of the ball so he runs….this cant end well

  • BigBenRexor

    Schaub said it is crucial to “stay out third-and-longs, because it gives the defense to call anything they want. If it’s third and less than six, you can throw flat route and convert rather than force the ball downfield.’’

    3rd and 6 and Matt IV is thinking FLAT route? FML

  • TrevJo

    I’ll take a determined 6 footer over a complacent 6’3″ schlep any day of the week and twice on Sundays

  • Horrible pass by RG3

  • Elliot

    Will happen this season..at some point

  • Blackholepriest

    His game is slowing down. Watching him vs the blitz was not pretty. He is bailing on throws.

  • Oh Bob-O.
    Jump passes across the field to an All-World DB just ain’t going to hack it.

  • J Hill

    No, it’s not.

  • Bob + the pocket = backup QB

  • DJ Johnny

    I’m sure Ravens fans wouldn’t be too happy either.

  • Elliot

    Exactly saw that a few times already

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    It’s the delivery, not the message….

    For example:

    Reporter: “How goes the concussion treatment and are you frustrated by the NFL protocols?”

    Carr: “Sagittarius.”

    ..and the whole Raider Nation be united behind him and never question his resolve or the extent of his injury.

  • Don’t worry Lefty there is still room for you on the Johnny Football bandwagon….climb aboard!

  • Silver&BlackBleeder

    Lol… That was a funny azz comment, but you know damn well a leader of men in a gladiator sport gotta keep ish like that to himself.