Aug 15, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) reacts after throwing a touchdown pass against the Detroit Lions in the third quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Lions 27-26. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis wishes to hear “no more excuses” from head coach Dennis Allen if the team doesn’t win in 2014. And after the Raiders’ final preseason game, there are no “more excuses” for him to not start rookie quarterback Derek Carr. After taking a week “off with sore ribs,” he jumped right back in there and showed that he was the best quarterback for this team.
He went 11-13 for 143 yards and threw for three touchdowns in just 22 snaps while leading four touchdown drives against the Seattle Seahawks. And it should definitely be noted that two of those four touchdown drives were against Seattle’s “Legion of Boom.” (the starters) This comes on the heels of presumptive starter Matt Schaub resting with elbow tendinitis after struggling to lead scoring drives on opposing second string defenses.
But much of Raider Nation is still opposed to him starting.
“Don’t give up on Schaub yet.”
“Let Carr sit and learn from Schaub.”
“Matt McGloin should start until Carr is ready.”
I have no idea what the thought process is there but that doesn’t match what I see on the field.
Turn the page too see why it doesn’t make sense to sit Carr.