So the Raiders are starting Derek Carr, and the world is up in arms.
Finally, FINALLY, the Raiders are making good decisions. Bringing in some vets, drafting Khalil Mack, stealing Carr in the second round, Reggie McKenzie has this team pointing in a much better direction than in any year in recent memory.
Sure they signed Matt Schaub to a nice fluffy contract in the offseason. But since when did Schaub become the savior? Whether consciously or subconsciously, maybe Raider fan is channeling the ghosts of Jeff Hostetler and Rich Gannon. Newsflash: Matt Schaub is NOT Rich Gannon or Jeff Hostetler.
Who Raider fan NEEDS to remember? Troy Aikman and Peyton Manning.
Not that Carr will be either of these guys, but putting your QB out there to test the waters early is invaluable on the experience level. Sure, Carr will be picking turf out of his facemask for more than a few plays, but thems the breaks. The main concern is that concussion he suffered in the preseason, and hoping it doesn’t come back to visit.
The easy move would’ve been to start Schaub. No doubt. Might have even meant an extra win or two during the season, but so what? You go 6-10 vs 5-11? Who cares? Its about next year anyway- not the “There’s always next year” theme, but an actual build towards the future.
McKenzie is obviously hoping for the Seattle ending with this one- they brought in Matt Flynn and signed him to a nice free agent deal, only to start another non-first rounder in Russell Wilson. That worked out just fine.
As for Raider Nation, do YOU think its the right move? Time will tell.