Preseason Week 2 – Quarterbacks
Another QB performance breakdown?! Yes, yes. Another one. This is the hottest topic for the Oakland Raiders and quite frankly the most important issue concerning the potential for wins this season. Even in this increasingly run-leaning offense, competent quarterback play is necessary to keep defenses honest. Constraint plays must be used to take advantage of the range of cheating defenders Oakland’s offense is sure to see as defense after defense blitzes Raiders’ quarterbacks. These plays will include a variety of play-action passes and the occasional deep ball.
The narrative is set in stone at this point. Matt Schaub, the ailing veteran, the commanding leader, needs to show that he can inspire confidence in a glued together team looking to prove they still have something left by getting more than four wins this year. Derek Carr, highly-touted draft prospect, the future of the franchise, needs to show that he can be something the Raiders organization can count on not only as a franchise player, but as a leader and superstar that elevates the play of those around him.
So let’s get to the game tape.