ALAMEDA -- The Raiders are gambling Matt Schaub is the quarterback who was one of the NFL's most efficient passers through 2012 and not the guy who bottomed out last season with the Houston Texans.
Acquired Friday for a sixth-round draft pick, Schaub was immediately named the starter by coach Dennis Allen, a contrast to last season's open competition between Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor.
"We brought Matt Schaub in to be our starting quarterback," Allen said.
With Houston picked as a potential Super Bowl team last season, Schaub played in 10 games (starting eight), threw 10 touchdown passes and had 14 interceptions. Even worse, he had a touchdown returned for an interception in four consecutive games -- an NFL record in reverse.
The Texans went 2-14, and Schaub went from raves to ridicule. With Schaub due $10 million in salary and more than $4 million in bonuses this season, Houston signed free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick on Thursday. It cleared the way for the Texans to deal Schaub to the Raiders.
Schaub's passer rating of 73.0 was virtually the same as the trio of Pryor, Flynn and Matt McGloin, who combined for a 72.9.
The previous five seasons, Schaub had a passer rating of 90 or above, and he led the Texans to a 19-7 record in starts in 2011-12. No Raiders quarterback has been 90-plus since Rich Gannon was at 97.3 in his NFL MVP season in 2002.
Schaub was uninterested in getting into the specifics of his season of horror, using the phrase "moving forward" at least three times during the press conference announcing his arrival.
"A fresh start can do a lot of things for a player and a team and I'm one of those guys," Schaub said. "The past is the past. I can't do anything but move on to bigger and better things."
The Raiders are convinced 2013 was an aberration, so much so they identified Schaub as the quarterback they wanted early in the process of assembling the 2014 roster.
Factors in Schaub's nose-dive included a Lis-franc foot injury and an underachieving supporting cast.
"There was just a wave of momentum against him and that was really hard for him to overcome," Allen said.
Allen likened Schaub's situation to that of Kurt Warner, who floundered with the New York Giants then resurrected his career with the Arizona Cardinals.
Free safety Charles Woodson, whose one-year deal to return for 2014 was also announced Friday, warned against putting too much stock into one bad season.
"I know he'll help us win -- that's for sure," Woodson said. "He's a veteran player who's been around and knows how to win games."
Gannon, a CBS analyst now, said getting a player of Schaub's pedigree is a good move but didn't minimize the quarterback's struggles last season.
"Things got going in the wrong direction and he couldn't get it turned around," Gannon said in phone interview. "He pressed a little bit. He lost some of his confidence. The team lost confidence in him."
At the same time, Gannon said having Schaub will allow the Raiders to both expand their offense and go at the draft without feeling they have to use a premium pick on a quarterback.
"Matt is a steady guy. He is a pretty accurate passer," Gannon said. "He's a smart guy, he can handle a lot of volume and a lot of intricacies and details of an offense. (Offensive coordinator) Greg Olson will be able to do a lot more."
With Schaub aboard, it's unlikely the Raiders will be thinking about a quarterback with the No. 5 pick in the draft, although they have been keeping a close eye on Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville), Blake Bortles (Central Florida) and Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M).
"You don't feel that pressure that you have to go out there and draft a quarterback," Allen said. "You kind of let everything fall to you now."
"I know they've been making a lot of moves and they were busy, but I was getting a little antsy," he said. "I was still confident it would happen and I'm glad it did."
Age: 32 Ht: 6-5 Wt: 235
Pro Bowls: 2 (2009, 2012)
Last 3 seasons and career stats:
Year G TD INT Yds
2011 10 15 6 2,479
2012 16 22 12 4,008
2013 10 10 14 2,310
Career 128 130 84 24,254