By Ed Baylor: Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen sees his newly signed quarterback Matt Schaub as being as good as any of the quarterbacks in the AFC. In other words, Allen Sees Schaub as good as the top AFC quarterbacks Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Joe Flacco, Phillip Rivers, Alex Smith and Ben Roethlisberger.
This is kind of interesting given that Schaub played so poorly in the 2013 season with the Houston Texans. He played so poorly that he was benched in favor of untested quarterback Case Keenum.
“We have a quarterback [Schaub] that’s on par with the quarterbacks in this division,” Allen said to the San Jose Mercury News.
Allen is smothering Schaub with compliments now, but you have to wonder how he’ll feel about the 32-year-old quarterback if he fails to play at a high level that he was hoping for in the 2014 season. Will Allen still be signing Schaub’s praises then? Will Schaub even be starting if he fails to come out of the gate in a quick fashion in the 2014 season?
The Raiders have Matt McGloin and Terrelle Pryor as their backups. Pryor will either be cut or traded to another team before the start of the season. Allen has already hinted that the team may draft a quarterback in the 2014 draft as a future replacement for Schaub, who Allen estimates he has 3 more seasons left in his career. If that’s the case, then it’s probably a good idea for the Raiders to draft a quarterback so that they can start grooming him to take over in the future.
“If we feel good about a quarterback in a certain place, then I don’t think that keeps us from taking a quarterback, either.”
The Raiders general manager is said to like Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr. However, the Raiders will either have to trade down to get him or wait to see if he’s still there in the 2nd round when it comes time for them to make their selection in that round. The Raiders aren’t going to use their No.5 pick in the 1st round to select Carr, because he’s not that kind of a talent.