By Matt Furtado/KHTK Sports 1140
The Oakland Raiders announced Monday that second round pick Derek Carr will start at quarterback in week one against the New York Jets.
Coming into the pre-season, it was Matt Schaub’s job to lose. And that’s exactly what he did. After a poor season in 2013 for the Houston Texans, the Raiders traded for Schaub hoping he could return to his Pro Bowl form, but that started to look less likely as the weeks of the pre-season went on.
On top of Schaub’s poor performance, an injury to his throwing arm left concern about whether he would be ready to go for week one.
Although Schaub’s poor play was a contributing factor in him losing the starting job to Carr, give some credit to the rookie for earning the job by playing with the poise of a veteran.
It’s about time that the Raiders take a chance on a quarterback of the future. Ever since the failed draft choice of JaMarcus Russell in 2007, the Silver and Black have not taken a chance on developing a young quarterback with the potential to carry the team for years to come.
There have been questions surrounding Oakland’s current regime of Head Coach Dennis Allen and General Manager Reggie McKenzie. Are all the moves they are doing to improve the team actually working? Well, we could find out this season.
The AFC West is strong. The Raiders aren’t going to make the playoffs this season. But improvement needs to be shown by the Silver and Black for Allen and McKenzie to stay off the hot seat.
The future of the team needs to start developing, and that could start with rookie quarterback Derek Carr.