Hold the phone on the chatter that rookie Derek Carr may quickly supplant starter Matt Schaub in Oakland.
On Wednesday, coach Dennis Allen praised Schaub for his efforts during the offseason program.
“I think he’s been outstanding,” Allen said, via Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com. “That’s what you’re looking for in a veteran quarterback. I don’t think we’ve seen the best of what we’re going to see out of Matt Schaub.”
The Texans saw the best — and the worst — out of Schaub. And they decided to move on to Ryan Fitzpatrick.
On one hand, the Raiders need to justify their $8 million guaranteed investment in Schaub, especially after their $6.5 million guaranteed investment in Matt Flynn went kaflooey last year. On the other hand, they need to win. Carr, a second-round pick last month, may give them the better chance to do that over the long haul.
Truly outstanding or not, look for Schaub to get the first crack at turning the team around. If he fails, look for Carr to get a chance to salvage the season and/or provide hope for the immediate future.
Even if that’s not enough to provide employment for Allen and others come 2015.