It was becoming very difficult for the Oakland Raiders to justify replacing Matt Schaub. Thankfully Derek Carr provided them an exit strategy.
Carr and Denarius Moore light up the Seattle Seahawks
Yes, it’s the 4th preseason game. That must be factored into any roster decision as big as picking the starting quarterback. However, if Oakland wanted some sort of sign about why Derek Carr is simply a more logical choice, they got it in the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks. After Russell Wilson gave his team the lead early, Carr executed a solid 12-play drive that took over seven minutes off the clock, culminating in a Latavius Murray touchdown run.
Then the real visual for his statement to the job came just a few seconds later after a Seahawks fumble on the kickoff. Carr rifled a 36-yard dart to Denarius Moore for a touchdown, the first of two they would have together in the game. Then after a 45-yard punt return from T.J. Carrie to setup shop at the Seattle 20, Carr struck quickly again on a 20-yard laser to Mychal Rivera for a second touchdown, marking the third of the quarter.
Matt Schaub just doesn’t have the physical tools anymore
If the Raiders were looking for one definitive advantage that Carr has over Matt Schaub, it was evident on those two touchdown passes: arm strength. His bomb to Moore, who has plenty of speed hit the receiver in stride with no defender near him. On the second one to Rivera, the pass was actually tipped by a Seattle defender but had enough zip on it to still carry into the end zone where the tight end was able to corral it. There is just no way Schaub would’ve been able to make either throw. Not anymore.
Derek Carr is a rookie and will have his moments, but if the Raiders can expect the same mistakes from a veteran in Matt Schaub, then getting Carr experience must take priority.