The other three quarterbacks in the
Schaub, whose career was kaput in Houston, is looking to run a rebootleg with the
"Schaubby's getting his mojo back," said Raiders defensive tackle
For a reminder of how quarterback careers can be salvaged, Schaub need only glance around the division. Denver's
Now, Schaub gets his chance. He had plenty of success as Houston's starter the last seven seasons, leading the Texans to
Like most quarterbacks, Schaub has snapped off the rearview mirror and is solely focused on his fresh start and what lies ahead.
"If you want to be successful whatsoever in this league you have to have a short-term memory, good or bad," he said after a recent training-camp practice. "If you throw a touchdown pass or two in a row, and things are going great, you've got to put that behind you because it's about that next play.
"If you throw two interceptions and you're down 10-0 in the first quarter, you've got to put that away and be able to play that next down or else you're not doing your team right. That's just the nature of the game."
Even the darkest days of last season didn't dampen his passion for the job.
"I'd be lying, and anybody would be lying, if I said there wasn't a single moment throughout the course of an entire year — off-season, training camp, whatever — when you're trying to get out of bed and you're just like, 'Man, why do I do this to myself?' " he said. "But then you get to work and you just love it."
Oakland's roster is loaded with players who succeeded (and in many cases faded) with other organizations, among them running back
"I guess you could say a lot of guys around here have a chip on their shoulder," Rogers said.
Count Schaub among them, although he doesn't seem embittered about the way his career with Houston ended. He credits the support of not just his Texans teammates, but also a host of retired quarterbacks for helping him through some of the tougher times. He fielded calls of encouragement from retirees such as Kurt Warner, Steve Young,
"It's special when they reach out to you because they're taking time out of their schedules to share a few words of wisdom with you as a player," said Schaub, 33. "It did me well."
Former Buffalo quarterback
"Matt, he's one of those guys from the film I watched last year, where if he throws a pick he's still in there the next play throwing a dagger. He's not checking the ball down," Edwards said.
Edwards said he always studies how a quarterback responds in the immediate aftermath of a bad play.
"It's turnovers and incompletions, and when you get hit good," he said. "If you watch a defensive end come untouched and you get rocked, how does that quarterback respond on the very next play? That's what I like to watch. Peyton [Manning] gets up and delivers accurately. [