An Ode To Shirtless Quarterbacks: Goodbye Christian Ponder

Last week, the Raiders announced that they had signed former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder to a deal in free agency. The deal is for one year, and will see Ponder head to the AFC West. The Raiders relied heavily upon quarterbacks Matt Schaub (who was also released last week after they signed Ponder to a deal) and then-rookie Derek Carr. Ponder will enter the mix...
Via Purple Jesus Diaries
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie’s job insecurity affect his draft philosophy?

Let’s examine Reggie McKenzie’s first (real) draft in 2013. His top two picks both needed time to develop. DJ Hayden was coming off a life-threatening injury, and the raw Menelik Watson had only played the sport for a couple of years. McKenzie knew he had years to develop these players. His superb 2014 draft was the result of a general manager who understands the importance of...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Matt Schaub's Career Over?

In a perfect world every NFL player wants to retire after winning the Super Bowl (after scoring the winning touchdown, being named MVP, and going to Disney Land). Sadly, most of the time that is not the case, but most guys at least hope to go out of their own accord. They don't want to leave because of injuries or because they can't find another job.Now that Matt Schaub has been...
Via FatManWriting
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Veteran QB Matt Schaub released by Raiders after one season

  The Oakland Raiders have released Matt Schaub less than one year after acquiring him to be their starting quarterback. Schaub was beaten out for the starting job by rookie Derek Carr last year and was released Monday just days after Oakland signed Christian Ponder as a backup. Schaub threw only 10 passes in his one season with the Raiders, with two interceptions. His biggest contribution...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Raiders release QB Matt Schaub

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have released Matt Schaub less than one year after acquiring him to be their starting quarterback. Schaub was beaten out for the starting job by rookie Derek Carr last year and was released Monday just days after Oakland signed Christian Ponder as a backup. Schaub threw just 10 passes in his one season with the Raiders with two interceptions...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders finally cut Matt Schaub, save some big time money

Oakland Raiders fans likely won’t remember that Matt Schaub era fondly. It’s finally over. The Raiders have released QB Matt Schaub. — OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) March 16, 2015 The move will save the team some big time money. Schaub releases saves #Raiders $5.5 million. Now have about $25 million. #Raiders — Bill Williamson (@BWilliamsonESPN) March 16, 2015 But, what...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Raiders release QB Matt Schaub

The Oakland Raiders have released quarterback Matt Schaub, the team announced Monday. The Raiders traded a sixth-round pick for Schaub last offseason, but the 33-year-old lost the starting job to Derek Carr before the season even started. Schaub was the odd man out after the Raiders signed Christian Ponder last week.  Ponder and Matt McGloin will now battle for the No...
Via Sports-Glory
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Raiders Release Veteran QB Matt Schaub, Free Up $5.5M In Cap Space

The Oakland Raiders have announced the release of veteran QB Matt Schaub on Monday. The Raiders have released QB Matt Schaub. — OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) March 16, 2015 Schaub, 33, signed a two-year, $13.5 million contract that included $8 million guaranteed after the Raiders sent a sixth-round pick to the Texans for him. He was scheduled to make a base salary of $5.5...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Raiders Add Quarterback Christian Ponder

Former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder has signed with the Oakland Raiders, the team announced Friday. Ponder adds depth to a position that includes starter Derek Carr and backups Matt McGloin and Matt Schaub. It's unlikely the team will retain four quarterbacks moving forward, especially since Oakland can gain $5.5 million in salary cap space by releasing Schaub....
Via Pro Football Spot
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Christian Ponder Reportedly Signs One-Year Deal with the Raiders

The Oakland Raiders must be attempting to spruce up their back up quarterback situation. They have reportedly signed Christian Ponder to a one-year deal. New Raiders offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, whom Ponder worked under for three years in Minnesota, wished to reunite with the Vikings’ first-round draft pick from 2011. The signing of Ponder likely closes the door on veteran...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Raiders to sign Christian Ponder to a one-year deal

The Oakland Raiders are expected to sign free agent quarterback Christian Ponder to a one-year deal, reports ESPN’s Adam Caplan. Ponder has spent the past four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings after they selected him in the first-round of the 2011 draft. In 38 career games, Ponder has 6,658 yards passing with 38 touchdowns and 36 interceptions.  He has played in only 11...
Via Sports-Glory
13 days ago  |  Discuss

REPORT: Oakland Raiders sign Christian Ponder

The Oakland Raiders have found Derek Carr’s backup. #Raiders are expected to sign QB Christian Ponder to a one-year deal, per league source. — Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 13, 2015 Ponder may have flamed out in Minnesota, but he’s shown enough flashes that the Raiders should be fairly confident that he could step in for a game or two if need be. He’s also at the point...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Raiders sign LB Malcolm Smith

The Oakland Raiders have signed former Super Bowl MVP and Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Smith was a seventh-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. In his four years in the league, the outside linebacker has 130 tackles, two sacks, seven passes defensed and two interceptions. In 2014, Smith played in 14 games, recording 37 tackles and two...
Via Sports-Glory
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders Complete Mock Offseason

Player Cuts/Restructures View image | I restructure Austin Howard ‘s contract to free up about 3,000,000 dollars.  I must keep him, because I can’t take a risk at damaging this line even further. Matt Schaub is an easy cut, opening up 5,500,000, which also allows me the opportunity to build upon my Quarterback depth chart. I could do more with Antonio...
Via TopSportsReport
22 days ago  |  Discuss

A look at Raiders’ free agency possibilities

Last year the Raiders, flush with the highest amount of cap room of any team in the NFL, chose quantity over quality by eschewing most of the big-name free agents available and instead going for players that were once productive but looked like they may be slowing due to age. The strategy made a sort of sense because the team needed a large number of players from free agency due...
Via Thoughts from the Dark Side
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Raiders will make a run at Randall Cobb

The Oakland Raiders are interested in wide receiver Randall Cobb if the Green Bay Packers allow him to hit free agency next month, reports ESPN. No shock, but hear expectation around NFL is #Raiders will make run at Cobb. But #Packers not expected to hit him hit FA. — Bill Williamson (@BWilliamsonESPN) February 23, 2015   The Raiders haven’t had a 1,000-yard receiver...
Via Sports-Glory
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

In a Perfect World: Cleveland Browns Offense

As has been documented numerous times on this website by myself and my colleagues, the Cleveland Browns have a plethora of issues across the board. Many of these needs, unfortunately, are at skill positions of the offense.The Browns have extra picks in not only the first round, but also in the fourth and seventh, as well. With a large amount of projected cap space, there is a chance...
Via Pro Football Spot
February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Matt Schaub Reportely Unlikely To Be Back With Raiders Next Year

Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle, citing league sources, reports that even though Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie didn’t rule out the idea of bringing backup QB Matt Schaub back next year, it’s not happening. McKenzie told reporters on Wednesday night that “it’s always realistic” that Schaub could be back. “He doesn’t have anything that is forcing our hand right...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Jack Del Rio explains Raiders biggest need right now

Oakland Raiders new head coach Jack Del Rio, who spoke to the team’s website recently, said the team’s biggest need right now isn’t a specific position, but a different mentality. “I think the biggest thing is for us as a football team to develop the mentality,” he said to “I don’t know if I would get into a specific position that you would say, ‘Hey...
Via Sports-Glory
February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders QB Matt Schaub Could Be On The Chopping Block This Offseason

Michael Wagaman of writes that Raiders QB Matt Schaub‘s time in Oakland could be coming to an end now that they plan to move forward with Derek Carr as their starting quarterback. Wagaman mentions that Schaub would either have to accept a pay cut and restructure his current contract or run the risk of being released by the Raiders in the coming months. As of now, Schaub...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
February 06, 2015  |  Discuss

4 Players Who Shouldn't Return to the Houston Texans in 2015

The Houston Texans finished 2014 with a winning record (9-7), a year after finishing 2-14 due to a colossal Matt Schaub meltdown. They were a Baltimore Ravens loss away from a playoff berth in Week 17. J.J. Watt had a season for the ages (some will even say MVP worthy). New Head Coach Bill O’Brien did an excellent job bringing this Houston organization together, even with a numerous...
Via Pro Football Spot
January 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Did the Houston Texans Reject Peyton Manning Back in 2012 Because of Matt Schaub?

Now that the Indianapolis Colts have ousted Denver from the playoffs the big question surrounding the Broncos is going to be the future of quarterback Peyton Manning. After the game he refused to give any indication of what his future entails, but he has said that he plans on returning. With his future in doubt CBS Sports has decided to share a nugget from his past.Apparently when...
Via FatManWriting
January 11, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace Gives TCU a Touchdown Rather Than a Safety

Bo Wallace is a good quarterback. I firmly believe that. I know that sounds crazy to say after watching the first half of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, but he is. I've watched too many of his games to believe otherwise. That being said--TCU is kicking his behind and making him look like a cross between Mark Sanchez, Jamarcus Russell, and Matt Schaub.Like here when he made the horrible...
Via FatManWriting
December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan Does His Best Matt Schaub Impersonation in Season Finale

Thanks to his last season in Houston Matt Schaub will forever be known as the master of the Pick-6. It doesn't matter that he was pretty darn good at slinging the rock around for years prior to that, but once you do something bad it tends to follow you until you give folks a reason to change their minds (which he hasn't).Or if you are really lucky another person will come along and...
Via FatManWriting
December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Oakland Raiders QB Matt Schaub Throws Touchdown Pass to the Wrong Team Again

With the game against St. Louis well out of hand for the Oakland Raiders the decision was made to go ahead and play veteran quarterback Matt Schaub late in the game over rookie Derek Carr. It was not an unusual move. There was no way they could overcome the deficit so they might as well make sure the franchise quarterback doesn't get hurt. There was just one problem with that plan...
Via FatManWriting
November 30, 2014  |  Discuss
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