Raiders’ woes continue with Carr’s underperformance

Peter Ha, Staff Writer

“Start the Carr!” Raiders fans shouted after four weeks of preseason play in the NFL.

Is this slogan going to last any longer?

Three weeks into the regular season, the Raiders earned themselves a record of 0-3, losing to the New York Jets, the Houston Texans and the New England Patriots.

Prior to the start of the season, the Raiders traded quarterback Matt Schaub from the Texans, hoping he could fix their quarterback problem. Schaub was a disappointment in the 2013 NFL season for the Texans, going 2-14 and throwing 14 interceptions and just 10 touchdowns, thus the Texans were eager to let him go. The Raiders, however, still saw a spark in him. In the 2012 season, Schaub led the Texans to a 12- 4 season, throwing 22 touchdowns and 4,008 yards, doubling what he threw in the 2013 season.

In the 2014 preseason, Schaub lost his starting role for the Raiders. Rookie quarterback Derek Carr from Fresno State emerged as the Raiders’ favorite. In preseason Carr threw four touchdowns, while Schaub had none. Each threw one interception. As of week three, Carr has thrown three touchdowns and three interceptions.

On the field Carr is not making as many mistakes as other rookie quarterbacks, but his inability to produce drives that lead to points could jeopardize his role as a starter. Only seven of Carr’s drives has led to points: three field goals, and four touchdowns. The Raiders rank 32nd in the league in points scored per game.

Being a team that is known for always losing, the Raiders face a lot of pressure to impress and win games for their fans. When the team begins to lose, their fans will find something to blame, and they will start with the quarterback.

In week four against the Miami Dolphins, expect Derek Carr to continue to start for the Raiders. If Carr continues to be unproductive and winless through week five, expect head coach Dennis Allen to make a quarterback change from Derek Carr to Matt Schaub.