Despite having rookie quarterback Derek Carr on their roster, the Oakland Raiders have continually stomped their feet suggesting that Matt Schaub will be their starting signal caller come Week 1.
Of course, Schaub has played pretty poorly during the first few weeks of the preseason and while Carr hasn’t exactly been over-the-top impressive, he has held his own considering this is his first action in the NFL. Needless to say, there’s a quarterback controversy brewing, right?
Not exactly. According to NFL.com, the Oakland Raiders remain committed to Matt Schaub as their quarterback.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday, via a source informed of the quarterback’s injury, and the plan remains for him to start Week 1. Allen said Carr — now recovered from a concussion and rib injury — will play in the Raiders’ preseason finale.
In fairness to Matt Schaub, he is dealing with a sore throwing elbow and that has resulted in some rather poor attempts though the injury hasn’t impacted his decision making which has been suspect at times.
Of course, how long the Oakland Raiders will continue to back Schaub is not known. If he doesn’t get healthy in the near future and struggles out of the gate, it’s only going to be a matter of time before fans start clamoring for Derek Carr to be named the starter. Many are suggesting that currently, though understandably the Oakland Raiders coaching staff feels a bit more comfortable with a veteran under center.
Still, you have to figure the leash will be relatively short, especially given Matt Schaub’s recent track record which hasn’t been good at all.