May 16, Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) and offensive coordinator Greg Olson at rookie minicamp at the Raiders practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Derek Carr could push Matt Schaub for starting job, reports Albert Breer


When the Oakland Raiders made a trade during NFL free agency with the Houston Texans to bring in veteran free agent quarterback Matt Schaub it was expected the move was made to give a potential rookie draft pick time to groom and learn during a “redshirt” first NFL season.

Derek Carr’s selection in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft created some early rumblings that Schaub may be in danger of being beaten out for the starting quarterback job over the Fresno State product who threw for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in his final season last year before being the fourth passer taken during the draft. Those rumblings were quickly quieted by veteran NFL insider Jim Trotter who said that it would take something “catastrophic” for Schaub to lose his expected position atop of the depth chart and for the rookie Carr to start in 2014.

Now after two weeks of OTA’s where Carr has impressed in workouts with his athleticism and strong arm that brought him to the Raiders as their second pick in the first place the rumblings that Schaub had the starting job in the bag have been replaced with reports that there is a chance that Raiders staff has been impressed with their rookie and that stance has already softened.

NFL Network’s Albert Breer reported on NFL Total Access during his “Offseason Notebook” segment that the Raiders have been impressed with Carr’s “talent and intelligence” early on and that there is an internal belief that Carr will push Schaub for the starting job over the course of the Raiders 2014 training camp.

Breer also reported that the Raiders feel more confident in ever in the fact they have three accurate passers in Schaub and Carr along with last year’s rookie performer Matt McGloin while also reconfirming that Schaub will continue to take the starter’s snaps in Oakland’s lead up to the season for the time being.

The reports of Carr performing well and impressing the Raiders staff are not surprising, but it is hard to put much stock in any reports of Schaub being pushed out of the starter’s role just year. After all Carr has yet to take a single NFL snap in preseason and training camp is still in the distance as well, both the biggest hurdles in any player earning a starting job that are even more important for a rookie quarterback who will have to beat out a player the Raiders made a commitment to this offseason in Schaub.

There is precedent already for a change in opinion from the Raiders staff in quarterback choice from last season when Matt Flynn was beat out by Terrelle Pryor for the Week One job, but as fans may remember those decisions were made following preseason performances. Until the Raiders staff sees Carr perform under center at game speed any reports of a potential push from their rookie for the starting quarterback job should be taken lightly.


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  • raider_nation

    Raiders know that if they throw Carr it will automatic turn into a bust due to 1 or even 2 bad games . So not yet, if anything McGloin is pretty good he kept us in the game when the defense was deteriorating in second half of the season , GM RM dont want to have the media starting stuff… quarterback controversy and such.

  • Raider Grant

    Been waiting for mainstream media to start this controversy about our QB’s. They would like nothing more then to get inside the head of Schaub & to see Carr pushed to start. I believe McKenzie will stay the course of his “plan” & Schaub will be the starter. Unless something dramatic takes place(injury/injuries), then I believe McGloin would be handed the ball.Go Raiders

  • Brutus

    I agree with Trotter. Barring an injury or very poor play in the preseason, Schaub will be the starter. Carr still needs get used to the speed of the NFL, and work on some of his weaknesses. We don’t want him to lose confidence by throwing him in too soon and then have a few rough games. We also don’t want him to fall back on old habits that the coaches are trying to change – something he will likely do if he starts to struggle. I still think he will be third on the depth chart this season. If Schaub plays well this season, I think he starts again in 2015 with Carr as the backup and then taking over in 2016. If Schaub could lead us on two playoff runs, he will get one more big payday by a good team that feels they are just a solid QB short of a deep playoff run.

  • Mark Shafer

    It’s hard not to look good in ota’s, where every third completion is a td. Of course every third interception is a pick six.

  • Jaime Olguin

    Raiders coaching staff will go as plan and go with the vetrans experience, yes Carr as a great arm but still
    needs to sit and learn behind Shaub.

  • 757Raiderfan

    I just don’t see it happening. Let’s at least see how he does in pads in preseason.

  • Carl Cockerham

    McGloin is horrible!

  • KloverJane

    I think we will all be presently surprised this year. And it better be 9-7 or better. No more mediocrity in 2014!

  • John Thomas Hurdle II

    I believe if we had not traded for Schaub, Derek Carr, could have come in and after about 4 games at NFL speed he would been up to par. He already played in 3 different OC in college systems, and he gotten better each year. So his QB IQ is top notch. But we have a tough schedule this year we need to get the team lines to gel first. Also I no Schaub is going to bounce back being we have a mean streak O-Line now. So our running game as well as pass protection will be much improved. He has more than one weapon to pass to. Raiders going to be a force to be cautious of this season. If Allen and Tarver can but together the type of defense they had in Denver when sorry Tebow was QB our offense will get the job done. We will be leading in a lot of games by half time. With depth and please have discipline cut down the penalties is the difference from a W or an L.

  • eddytap

    and this statement is based on the enormous body of work he’s witnessed for OTAs right? Another asinine statement from the national media….