Allen confirms Carr is the starting QB

Whether the Oakland Raiders desired to have the news leaked or not, head coach Dennis Allen confirmed Jay Glazer’s report that rookie quarterback Derek Carr will be the Raiders starter.

Allen also wanted to emphasize that Carr’s preseason finale really cemented him as the team’s starting quarterback as they head to New York to take on the Jets. Carr threw for 143 yards and three touchdowns on 11 for 13 completions.

We made the decision to go with Derek Carr as the quarterback," Allen said after Monday's practice. "There are a lot of factors that were involved in that. It’s not an indictment on Matt Schaub at all. I still feel very confident in Matt Schaub. I think it says more about where we feel Derek Carr is and his progression. After watching him all throughout training camp and in the preseason, you just see a guy that continues to develop and continues to be mature beyond his years as a quarterback and a guy that we feel very comfortable putting him out there and helping us win football games. So, we made that decision and we’ll move forward with that.”

Allen also told the media that Carr won’t be the starter on a week-to-week basis, that he will be the starting quarterback moving forward and Matt Schaub will be the backup.

“No, Derek [Carr] 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 continued.

The announcement came as Schaub returned to practice after missing last week due to elbow soreness.

Allen said that Schaub was disappointed with the decision but he still handled it like a professional.

“Well, he’s disappointed," Allen said of his veteran quarterback. "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.”

Carr will face a tough matchup for his first regular season start as he takes on Rex Ryan and the Jets defense. Despite having a banged up secondary, the Jets defense has a strong defensive line and can create confusion tough for a rookie. It will be interesting to see how the young quarterback handles his first NFL start.


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