Derek Carr has to be starter for the Oakland Raiders

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Aug 15, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub (8) is hit by Detroit Lions middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch (55) after throwing a pass in the first quarter at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

“The Schaub Thing”

How long does a head coach wait when his job is on the line?

You have no choice but to give up on a player that when you watch him play, it looks like he may have given up on himself. He refused to throw the ball down the field this preseason before he was urged to against the Green Bay Packers. And his inability to get the ball to the back of the endzone from the 25 yard line in that game couldn’t have renewed his belief in his arm.

Then, he is deathly afraid to get hit as against the Lions as he tried harder not to get hit than he did to complete a pass. The result was an inaccurate, incompletion while Carr, in that same game, stood in there to take a hit for  a competed deep ball. Confident quarterbacks don’t flinch at anything and believe in their arm to make throws down the field so it is hard for me to believe in someone that doesn’t believe in himself.

I know many want to see Carr become the next Aaron Rodgers after waiting a few years but there is more than one way to a destination. Plus you have to take into consideration that Rodgers sat behind one of the greatest to ever do it in Bret Favre. Besides, Schaub is at a point now where he can teach Carr more from the sidelines and in the film room than he can show him on the field.