Maurice Jones-Drew is an interesting character. Earlier this off-season, he said he would sit out until the beginning of the season if he had to in order to get the money he thought he deserved, and then he signed with the Raiders for about half of that amount a few days later.
MJD isn’t the only acquisition on offense that the Raiders made this off-season. They also traded a 6th-round pick for Matt Schaub, who is expected to be the Oakland starting QB this season.
The acquisition of these two aging veterans has been met with skepticism by most, but not Jones-Drew. When asked about Schaub during an interview with Sirius’ Mad Dog Sports Radio, MJD let us know he believes that Schaub can lead the Raiders to the Super Bowl. Seriously.
“You can definitely (make the Super Bowl with Matt Schaub at quarterback),” Jones-Drew said when asked about the quarterback. “(Schaub) has something to prove this year….I know Matt Schaub is a guy who can lead us.”
Eh, call me skeptical. It’s not that Schaub is a terrible quarterback, it’s just that, well Schaub is an aging quarterback coming off of a terrible season. And Jones-Drew is an aging running back who has had a few terrible seasons in a row now.
With powerhouses like the New England Patriots and the division-rival Denver Broncos, the Raiders will have a very tough time making it out of the AFC.
For a team that hasn’t been to the postseason in a while, the Raiders should focus on just getting to the playoffs first. Baby steps guys, baby steps.