ALAMEDA, Calif. -- So much for the talk of Texas A&M's dynamic Johnny Manziel beginning his NFL career with the Oakland Raiders. Or any other quarterback expected to be selected high in the 2014 draft.
After being discarded in disgrace by the Houston Texans for a lowly sixth-round pick, Matt Schaub is penciled in as the starting quarterback for the Raiders "for more than just a year or two," according to coach Dennis Allen.
Allen, offensive coordinator Greg Olson and Schaub himself were brimming with confidence Friday as they explained to the media how this will be the start, or restart, of something good after the quarterback's stock plunged during a horrendous 2013 in Houston.
"We brought Matt Schaub in to be our starting quarterback and we feel very confident that he is going to be outstanding for us," Allen said. "He is a two-time Pro Bowl player and when you have the chance to add those kinds of players, that's what you do."
This latest move in the Raiders' rapidly revolving quarterback carousel puts Schaub atop a depth chart that includes Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin.
Schaub, 46-44 as a starter, lost his job and his confidence -- not necessarily in that order -- last year during a dreadful series of four consecutive, game-deciding, pick-six interceptions that helped launch the Texans into a 14-game losing streak.
After beginning last season as the starter of a team that some believed could make the Super Bowl, Schaub was booed in his home stadium when it was necessary to put him back into a late-season game.
But after reviewing Schaub's play for last year and before, Allen seems confident that the quarterback will rebound. He reminded that something similar happened to another player.
No, he did not mention Jim Plunkett, who was picked off the scrap heap in 1978 and wound up quarterbacking the Raiders in two Super Bowl victories. He recalled a more recent ascent from the ashes -- Kurt Warner.
"I don't think when you watch the whole tape that a lot of it was his fault and I think there was just a wave of momentum against him that was hard for him to overcome," Allen said of Schaub.
"But we've all seen guys. . . a guy that comes to my mind is a guy like Kurt Warner went to a Super Bowl, won a Super Bowl in St. Louis, went on to play for the New York Giants and his career didn't go as well as he thought and really a lot of people thought that he was done and then he goes into Arizona and kind of resurrects his career."
Warner led the Cardinals into Super Bowl XLII.
"So I think the change of scenery will be outstanding for Matt," Allen said. "I think this is a good situation for both Matt Schaub and the Oakland Raiders."
Schaub readily concurred.
"A fresh start can do a lot of things for a player and a team," he 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."
Allen added that while this does not definitely preclude taking a quarterback in the draft, it is doubtful the Raiders will select one very high.
"You don't feel that pressure to go out and draft a quarterback, you kind of let things fall to you," he said.
Olson said he was thrilled to get Schaub, whom he knew from his days with the Atlanta Falcons, the team that drafted him in the third round out of the University of Virginia in 2004. After playing in only six games while toiling as a backup to Michael Vick, Schaub was traded to Houston in March 2007 in a deal that included sending two second-round picks to the Falcons.
Olson said this reminded him of his experience coaching with Jeff Garcia at San Francisco. Garcia did not have much of a career until throwing 31 and 32 touchdown passes in 2000 and 2001. And Schaub already has more of a rolling start.
"He's had nine seasons of a 90-plus quarterback rating, which I think there are only four or five players in the history of the league that have ever done that," Olson said of Schaub. "Obviously, he's had a tremendous amount of experience. He's at an age right now where most quarterbacks are in their prime. We feel like he's got a lot of football ahead of him. He's a proven winner. We weren't going to let last season deter us from the player and the track record that he has shown over his career.
"I remember Jeff Garcia. ... Some players need to be in the right place at the right time and things just come together."
Schaub said the foot injury that bothered him last year is fine and he is more than ready to move on.
"Foot's great, healthy," he said. "The past is the past. I can't do anything about that except move on to bigger and better things. I'm excited for what the future holds here with Oakland. Just excited to get to work. I'm happy to be here and I'm very confident in my abilities and the players on this team."