NFL News: Raiders Make Right Call to Start QB Derek Carr over Matt Schaub

The biggest story sweeping across the NFL on Labor Day is the decision the Oakland Raiders have made to start rookie quarterback Derek Carr over veteran newcomer Matt Schaub.

Fox Sports' Jay Glazer had the news:

It was the right call, and one that coach Dennis Allen should take pride in. While Schaub may have been viewed as the player who gave the Raiders the best chance to win in a make-or-break 2014 season, Carr has clearly outperformed Schaub in the preseason, per ESPN Stats & Info:

Unlike the stubborn Jacksonville Jaguars, who refuse to start Blake Bortles over incumbent Chad Henne, Oakland's sense of urgency to win now is thrusting Carr into action.

Allen shared his thoughts on Carr's rise to the top of the depth chart following Monday's practice, via's John Breech:

We made the decision to go with Derek Carr as the quarterback. There were a lot of factors involved in that. It's not an indictment on Matt Schaub at all, I still feel very confident in Matt Schaub. [...] We've seen signs of Derek Carr's development from the day he started camp this year until where he's at right now. We've seen him grow by leaps and bounds and I think he's ready to accept the challenge.

The three quarterbacks drafted ahead of Carr in Bortles, Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater will ride the pine to start the year. Carr is the only first-year signal-caller to be under center in Week 1.

Although Schaub's elbow soreness was presumably part of what has reportedly thrust Carr into the starting role, Schaub declared himself fit enough to play, via Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle:

The Raiders had to have woken up to the fact that Carr may be the answer now and for the future at a position Oakland has struggled to address for years.

It would have been an ongoing "Black Hole" vortex of oblivion if Schaub were to rem...

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