Raiders coach Dennis Allen says his decision to name Derek Carr the team’s starting quarterback was a simple matter of believing that Carr is the quarterback who gives his team the best chance to win.
Allen has said all offseason that Matt Schaub would be the team’s starter, but Allen now believes that Carr is the right man for Week One and beyond.
“Derek is the starting quarterback and we feel very good and very confident about where he’s at and his ability to go out and lead us to victory,” Allen said.
Allen acknowledged that Schaub isn’t happy to lose a starting job that he was told is his.
“Well, he’s disappointed,” Allen said. “I think any competitor would be. But he’s handled it like a pro and, listen, it’s not an easy situation to be in, but he’s a real pro. He’s been around football for a long time. He understands how things operate. He’s going to continue to go out and work and compete and he’ll be ready when his number is called.”
The Raiders hope they won’t have to call Schaub’s number. In Oakland, everyone hopes Carr is leading the team to victory for a long time.