It only took about a quarter and a half in the final preseason game for Derek Carr to essentially surpass Matt Schaub as the starter for week one. I know, it’s not official yet, but I do not see how Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen do not see that Carr is ready to lead this new Oakland team. This last preseason game should serve as proof that the future under center is now and wear number four. If in fact Schaub stays as the starter for week one and beyond, it’ll only take a pick, or worse; a pick six before the Raider Nation rises up and start clamoring for Carr to take the reigns.
Allen cannot discount four touchdown drives in as many attempts and Carr going 11 for 13 for 143 yards and a rating of 152.1. Did I mention that the first drive was against Seattle’s first team defense? Now, I still believe that a young QB is best served by sitting and learning behind an established veteran. Unfortunately, the Raiders established veteran is Matt Schaub. So far this preseason, Schaub has failed to impress in any capacity to make me or any other fan think that he deserves the week one start. Carr on the other hand, has come through and proven that the game is not too big for him, in spite of his rookie status. After seeing the big gap in how both Schaub and Carr manage the offense I have to side with Carr as the starter in week one. I would be more than fine with Carr taking his lumps in his rookie season as long as there is consistent progress as there has been this preseason. As long as this loyal fan base has suffered with 12 non- winning seasons, Carr represents a real hope of success and stability at the number one position in football. The test drive is over, it’s time to sign the deal and see what there is under the hood for the long haul.
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