Matt Schaub's first pass of last season was intercepted, as was his last pass of the season. In between, he established an NFL record by tossing a pick six in four consecutive games.
Let's take a deeper look at the latest in the conga line of quarterbacks trotted out by the Raiders since Rich Gannon's MVP season over a decade ago.
What Schaub was in his prime
Like all but the best NFL quarterbacks, Schaub had to be "manipulated" by a passing scheme and play-calling tailored to his strengths.
It's unfair to simplify Schaub as a glorified game manager during his glory days. Although he rarely tested defenses outside the hash marks, Schaub stuck throws into tight spaces over the middle, mastered the play-action fake, made smart decisions, showed consistent accuracy and even displayed a modicum of mobility.
If there was a knock on Schaub, it was that he often struggled in the red zone and had never proven to be a crunch-time performer.
What Schaub is at this stage of his career
Although there were late 2012 whispers that a hidden injury might be the root cause of Schaub's precipitous decline, the game film reveals no smoking gun.
There might just be a canary in the coal mine, though, dating back to Thanksgiving of the 2012 season.
His struggles began shortly after uncorking a whopping 103 passes in back-to-back overtime victories over a five-day span in November. Schaub soon began playing without confidence in his arm or in his pass protection.
No longer standing in against the pass rush, Schaub started bailing in the pocket while falling into the habit of checking down horizontally as opposed to testing defenses vertically.
Entering his first career playoff game against the Bengals in early January, Schaub acknowledged to sideline reporter Alex Flanagan that he had been pressing, thinking too much and afraid to make a mistake. "His goal today is just to cut it loose," Flanagan summarized.
That theoretically renewed, aggressive Schaub never materialized.
The chickens finally came home to roost over the next month. Schaub was facing defenses armed with film study that showed evidence of a quarterback unwilling to throw beyond sticks.
With cornerbacks sitting on his checkdowns and out routes, Schaub set the ignominious NFL record for pick sixes in consecutive games.
ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski was moved to label Schaub a "broken quarterback" who was "seeing ghosts" in the pocket.
The consequent benching in favor of third-stringer Case Keenum exposed the ultimate juxtaposition of a brash, young gunslinger versus a feckless, diminished washout.
In Kubiak's roll-out scheme, Schaub's effectiveness on trademark play-action passes fell off a cliff.
For comparison purposes, Keenum averaged 9.9 yards per attempt and a 100.7 passer rating on play-action passes versus 5.8 and 69.4 for Schaub, per Pro Football Focus.
What the Raiders can expect from Schaub
For the first time in his career as an NFL starter, Schaub will be operating outside the cozy confines of Kubiak's offense that emphasized the quarterback's strengths and limited his weaknesses.
More than ever before, the deck is stacked against Schaub.
It's perhaps no coincidence that Warner doesn't view 2013 as the end of the line for the new Raiders leader.
Among established, franchise-caliber quarterbacks of the past two decades, Warner is the exception to the rule that there is no coming back from an in-season benching for performance reasons.
Schaub turns 33 years old before the start of the 2014 season. By that age, the majority of similarly talented quarterbacks had tasted their last NFL success.
Owner Art Modell's explanation of the loss of a Cleveland legend provided even more illumination.
"He has taken so much punishment," Modell explained, "more than any quarterback I've ever known in this league."
One of the most battered field generals of the past decade, Schaub has accumulated serious foot, ankle, knee, shoulder, rib and head injuries. He even lost a piece of his ear on a devastating hit in 2012.
Successful pro quarterbacks don't turn stale over time. The fall is sudden and steep.
Like a punchdrunk boxer who still sees openings but can no longer exploit the sucker for a left hook, shellshocked signal-callers ultimately suffer from that split-second when they stop pulling the trigger on an open window.
When the end came for Elvis Presley, Forrest Gump explained, "Well, he sung too many songs, had himself a heart attack or something."
When the final bell sounds for the quarterback, he gets benched, traded and degraded.