According to Jim Trotter of ESPN, Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen is completely committed to Matt Schaub as the starter for the team in 2014. Per Trotter, Allen said it would take something catastrophic in order for Carr to get the nod this season.
It’ll take something “catastrophic” for Raiders rookie QB Derek Carr to start this year. Coach Dennis Allen is firmly committed to Schaub.
— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) May 21, 2014
This is not a huge surprise, Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie have both expressed the sentiment that they prefer a rookie quarterback sit and learn in his rookie season. But the wording is rather strong and leads one to wonder if Allen was speaking to more than just Schaub in regards to whether or not Carr would get to start.
The Raiders also have second year quarterback Matt McGloin on the team. While he is very raw, the undrafted free agent overcame expectations of nearly everyone in 2013 and played admirably. If Allen and McKenzie are truly dedicated to the notion of having a rookie quarterback sit his entire rookie season, the catastrophic event Allen speaks of may be more than just terrible play or injury to Schaub. He could be referring to the fact that McGloin could get the nod before Carr should Schaub stumble or get hurt.
That part is entirely unclear but what does appear to be clear is that anyone holding out hope to see Carr start the season for the Raiders probably shouldn’t hold their breath. It is possible Carr could win the job but Allen appears determined to have him sit and learn as a rookie.