Raiders make right move in naming Derek Carr starter over Matt Schaub
After a Week 4 preseason audition in which he did a fairly decent job of tearing apart the Seattle Seahawks' first- and second-team defenses, Oakland Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr will be named the team's starter for the regular-season opener against the New York Jets. FOX Sports' Jay Glazer was the first to report the news. Carr will be the only quarterback drafted this year to start his first regular-season game. Raiders coach Dennis Allen confirmed the news in a press conference Monday evening.
"Gosh, he was really good," Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said after the game. "I thought the Raiders played great tonight ... they tore us up in every way."
Carr especially did, hitting receiver Denarius Moore for two touchdowns. The younger brother of former Houston Texans first-overall draft pick David Carr, the Raiders' new starter was competing with veteran Matt Schaub for the spot through the preseason. Schaub was acquired from the Texans for a sixth-round pick in March, signing a two-year, $13.5 million contract with $8 million guaranteed. But as Schaub dealt with an elbow injury and some fairly brutal preseason performances, Carr shone as he needed to, completing 30 of 45 passes for 326 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Schaub also threw a pick in the preseason, but no touchdowns, and he completed just 24 of 47 passes for 218 yards.
Though Raiders head coach Dennis Allen wouldn't tip his hand after the Seahawks win, Carr had made his point.Richard Sherman. Latavius Murray has a couple of really nice runs in there. We did a pretty good job in protection on that drive, so there was a lot of things with the 10 other guys on the field that, those guys performed well.”
And yet it was pretty clear that it wouldn't have happened that efficiently without Carr, and more than likely never would have happened with Schaub behind center. The Raiders, who go into the season as the league's oldest team on average, have made the right decision based on youth and potential in this case.