Four weeks ago, if someone were to say Matt Schaub would not be the starting quarterback for the Oakland Raiders, that would be hard to believe. Dennis Allen and company were certain that when they acquired Schaub, he was their starting quarterback moving forward. All of that changed when Schaub was hit with a sore elbow, giving Carr center stage against the Seahawks. Carr played well and people were ready to start him for Week 1. But when Coach Allen announced his decision, he made it very clear that this was for the long run.
Today, the press was able to speak with Schaub to get his thoughts on the decision. “I’m definitely disappointed, but it wouldn’t do me or the team any good if I just stood here and felt sorry for myself,” Schaub said after practice. “I only know how to handle things one way. That’s to move forward and stay productive and get myself ready each day so I’m prepared if called upon.”
“I’m definitely disappointed, but it wouldn’t do me or the team any good if I just stood here and felt sorry for myself.”
Schaub also reiterated that it was more about Carr’s performance instead of his, or lack thereof. “He was pleased with how I ran things in the offseason and how I played, but that it was more about Derek and his progression.”
“We’re all here to make the Oakland Raiders the best that we can be this season,” Schaub said. “If I’ve helped him get better, then that’s the case of a veteran helping a young guy.” At this point it seems as if Schaub is ready to take the back seat and let Carr run this offense and help him as needed.