Derek Carr gets a final opportunity to steal the Week One job

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None of the three first-round quarterbacks will be starting in Week One. But the first of the second-round quarterbacks could end up winning the gig in Oakland.

Derek Carr has one last chance, via the fourth game of the preseason, to make a case that he should get the chance to lead the Raiders into a minefield masquerading as a regular-season schedule.

“The more that I can be out there, the happier I’ll be,” Carr said, via Jerry McDonald of “That’s why we work so hard in the offseason. That’s why you spend so many hours here before anyone’s here. That’s why you do all those things, because you want to go out there and help the team win and I’m looking forward to it.”

With starter Matt Schaub dealing with a bad elbow and still-bruised psyche, Carr could with a strong showing against Seattle swipe the starting job.

“I’ve said it from Day One, the guy’s comfortable in the huddle,” offensive coordinator Greg Olson said. “The game’s not too big for him. I still believe he sees the field very well. I don’t think the game’s too fast for him, which a lot of times is a concern with a rookie quarterback.”

Ultimately, Carr could be the first rookie quarterback to start, joining his older brother David as rookies who lined up under center to launch their rookie seasons.

67 responses to “Derek Carr gets a final opportunity to steal the Week One job

  1. Schaub is done. They should go with McGloin. He has something about him. Carr should sit a year or at least most of the year.

    Go Raiders

  2. The best quarterback on the Raider roster is Matt McGloin. They will not win many games with Schaub or Carr. If Dennis Allen wants to keep his job he’ll start McGloin. McGloin and an improved defense can get the Raiders to 9-7 or 8-8. They will be 4-12 with either of the other two QB’s.

  3. Not a chance. They aren’t going to risk him losing confidence and getting killed in year 1. If Schaub is hurt, Matt “Pat MaGroin” gets the start.

  4. Too bad they are playing the hawks, tough luck for any QB, let alone a 2nd round rookie, doing much against them

  5. I’d be happy with McGloin or Carr starting, sorry but Schaub has done squat in the preseason. Luckily for any QB on the team our run game looks really good so hopefully they’ll carry us to a few W’s. regardless Schaub should sit, sore elbow or not just off of performance alone.

  6. Matt Schaub has not shown any signs of improvement from last year. Matt McGloin has valuable experience from last year and is a better all around passer than Matt Schaub. Derek Carr is a rookie and needs a year or two to learn from the bench how to be an NFL Quarterback. Sorta like Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady.

  7. Don’t set him up for failure please!, Matt McGloin is the better option right now of the 3 Qb’s, just let McGloin play, if he fails then put in carr to finish the season and get him ready for 2015.

  8. The kid looks good. But I also think McGloin has earned an opportunity, especially with a brutal opening schedule. Know what you’re doing, Reggie (from a Packer fan).

  9. I hope Oakland’s O-Line is better for Derek than Houston’s was for David…

    David Carr had all the talent in the World. but he got hit so many times he didn’t know what day it was.

  10. Oh well – what the heck, I’ll remind you: Ryan/Flacco in 08; Stafford; Bradford ’10; Newton/Dalton, Luck, Griffin, Tannehill, Russel Wilson, etc., etc. etc

  11. He’ll play better than Schaub has, and he’s our future, coach needs to get his head out his ass and play him…no matter what, it’s still my team

  12. A. If he had a shot at winning the starting job, he wouldn’t be starting in the last preseason game of the year.
    B. Based on his past performances, he needs time to develop.

    Raiders best solution is let him get reps in the preseason and let him learn during the season and only if the season turns into a dumpster fire, should they consider starting him.

  13. I was hoping for a better performance from Schaub, but sadly I’ve not been impressed. In his defense, his recievers have not helped him a lot, and it is a new offesnse for him. That said, I do not like to see him backpeedling out of the pocket when he has little rush pressure and throwing off his back feet. It does seem he’s hesitant to step up into the pocket, and react’s to a percieved rush too soon. Not good.

    I’m not ready to say he’s awful, yet. And perhaps he’s just not comfortable with the offense and the new linemen yet, but it is alarming. I think his arm is fine, it’s just the throwing without being set, and failure to step into throws that he’s got to clean up. I sure hope he can get that confidence down, or it’s going to be a long season.

    Carr seems like he has potential, but he’s a bit inconsisent. Ideally he can be eased into the position and not thrown into the fire like so many raider QB’s have been the last 10 years. McGloin has a lot of heart, which is good, but he shines against 2nd/3rd stringers, and comes up short against starters. McGloin is a solid backup, but not a player I think is going to lead this franchise forward.

  14. I ALWAYS ripped older Carr as an uneducated observer while he was in Houston.
    Now I am older, I don’t think he really ever had much of a chance behind that O Line he had.

    Now I am older and better understand the importance of the trenches, I really hope as a (Cowboys NFC- Raiders AFC) fan.

    I hope McFadden-MJD will take pressure off of Carr so that he can show his cannon.

    Hopefully, the schizophrenic mindset his brother had behind his O line, is not genetic 🙂

    Not sure the RAYDA’s o line is up to league average even.

    Anyone have reference statistics towards offensive line pass protection from last year?

  15. He’d better do good. He’ll be playing against the 2nd, 3rd and 4th strings… The LOB will be watching from the sidelines.


  16. Schaub’s leash will be very short. But I don’t think Carr starts before the bye week (after 4 games). However starting McGloin is tempering if you’re Dennis Allen.

  17. Not sure if he’s ready, but so far Carr is significantly better than that bust Jamarcus….guy owes the organization all his advertising money, and then some. D-bag.

  18. Andy Dalton Started As a 2nd round rookie a few years back and was pretty good. I think Carr is a superior Talent. He would have his ups and downs but I think Carr is going to be pretty dang good. Definitely gives them better chance to win then Schaub.

  19. I had no idea this was David Carrs brother, and I’m originally from Fresno. They didn’t hype him that way in the draft, atleast not on NFL networks coverage, crazy.

  20. Shaub nor carr is better than mcgloin right now so since yall pushing the carr train yall simply are just fn with us for comments.. So here you go

  21. My deceased grandmother (rest in peace, Mema) could beat out Matt Schaub right now.

    He seriously looks terrible, like he forgot how to play quarterback in the NFL.

  22. For once, the Raiders should develop a QB instead of panicking and tossing the dude out there. If Schaub struggles, oh well, ride the season with him, let Carr watch and avoid another concussion.

  23. The Raiders are a team that should be willing to ‘roll the dice’ more than most, striving for ‘double-6s’ in the name of Derek Carr.

  24. Still possible that McGloin starts the season if Schaub doesn’t look right. McGloin’s had a very good preseason. This might be because the Raiders’ 3rd team is better than other teams’ 3rd teams (for the first time in a decade, this team has some depth), but I think it’s more than that. McGloin has looked better than Schaub and Carr at throwing downfield.

  25. I think it’s way too early to throw Carr immediately into the fire especially if the o-line looks bad – that’s how his older brother was ruined in Houston. I think the best course of action would be for him to sit and learn with a few cameo series during games increasing in frequency as the season progresses. He may be more ready for some starts late in the season and hopefully the full-time gig in 2015.

    If Schaub is ineffective or not physically capable at the beginning of the regular season, then I think it best to go with McGloin while grooming Carr.

  26. Schaub has a couple of weeks to heal his elbow and get his lasik surgery completed (the way he throws the ball appears he can’t see). Carr looked decent against Detroit. He will have etter tonight and remain healthy to be a real option. The Seahawk D is very very good. So good luck. Still need to consider McGloin for starter as well. Both to play tonight.

  27. The Raiders are not going to make the playoffs this year. This is year three of the rebuild. The veterans were brought in to teach the young guys how to practice, persevere, and win. Let Carr sit for a couple games until Schaub completely implodes. Then let Carr take the reins and send Schaub to the Rams.

  28. don’t hurry it raiders…I would take the same approach as Jags are taking it with bortles….it’s not like raiders have legitimate chance of SB this year…

  29. The Good News: He’ll be going against Seattle’s reserves on defense.

    The Bad News: They are all fighting to earn a roster spot!

    Go Hawks!

  30. The best thing they can do is just start Carr.
    Trust me, you absolutely do not want Schaub to start one game.

  31. Most fans would like to think the opening day starter will be the best player, but DA has stated repeatedly that Schaub is #1 and he has never wavered. This job was handed to Schaub the second pen met paper on the trade. If you’ve watched the three games so far this season and base the decision on performance then McGloin would be the clear choice. Raider Nation will unleash itself on Schaub the first pick 6 he throws in the O.Co. His leash is much shorter with the fans than with the coaches.

  32. I wouldn’t get too excited about Carr until the Raiders get better pass protection. Carr is a great passer from a clean pocket, but who isn’t? He was terrible against USC when he actually had to play against a real defense and real live pass rush and the accuracy on his 5-yard throws in that game was lacking. Raiders fans should keep in mind that a rough transition from a weak college conference to facing an NFL pass rush is what ruined David.

  33. Still waiting for clarification on, “… Carr could be the first rookie quarterback to start, joining his older brother…as rookies…under center to launch rookie seasons.”

    Understand this if you discount: Flacco, Ryan, RGIII, Cam, Russell Wilson, Tannehill, Stafford, Luck, EJ Manuel and a few others.

  34. I like McGloin as starter and Carr as back up.

    I’d cut Schaub and save the money to be used elsewhere. Why wait until next year to cut him?

    Reggie McKenzie came to a team with severe cap problems and draft picks already traded away. It is time for a bold move toward the future.

    Don’t be a fail now Reggie.

  35. hate on haters, and quit trying to make something out of nothing. Carr will learn from the bench…this is schaub’s team. (period) As for the kool aid drinking McGloin folks, I will enjoy watching Terrell Pryor tonight.

    Go Raiders.

  36. Schuab?? He is garbage!

    Aaron Brooks, Andrew Walter, Kerry Collins, Rick Mirer, RIch Gannon, Todd Marinovich, Steve Beuerlein, Billy Joe Hobert; Bobby Hoying; Wade Wilson, Marc Wilson, Vince Evans, David Klinger, Rusty Hilger, Donald Hollis, Tui, Jeff George, Jim Plunkett, Dan Pastorini, Rusty Hilger, Jay Schroeder, Donald Hollis, Jbust, Duante Culpepper, Josh McCown, Hoss, Grosskowsi, Charlie Fried, Campbell, Boller, Palmer, Flynn, McGroin, Pryor……………….sigh.

    Maybe some century you’ll get it right!

    Carr may be your guy! Good qb!

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