The Oakland Raiders have been in desperate need of a quarterback since Rich Gannon's retirement in 2004.
During free agency the team signed former Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in hopes of him being the starter, but Schaub is not the answer. Schaub is coming off of one of his worst seasons as a pro in Houston. In 10 games Schaub was 2-8 as a starter throwing 10 touchdown passes with 14 interceptions, and achieved a QBR average of 37.3. Schaub was eventually benched for the remainder of the season. The 32 year-old veteran has had success in the league previous to 2013, but he is not the future of the Raider franchise. Schaub should be no more than a backup going forward.
In the 2013 NFL draft, the Raiders selected quarterback Derek Carr out of Fresno State in the second round; Carr is the answer at quarterback, and the future of the Oakland Raiders.
Derek Carr is your prototypical 6'3, 218 pound NFL quarterback that posesses a rocket arm. In three years as the starter at Fresno State, Carr threw for well over 12,000 yards, 113 touchdowns, and only 24 interceptions. Carr can quickly become successful for the Oakland Raiders.
Matt Schaub was not the only signing the Raiders made in free agency. They also signed former Green Bay Packers reciever James Jones and former Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew; both are very solid players in the league. Along with Jones and Jones-Drew, the team also returns running back Darren McFadden and speedy receiver Denarius Moore. The Raiders offense has quickly become a unit with multiple weapons, which would only enable Carr to be successful.
Though a quarterback needs weapons to become successful in the NFL, he also needs solid coaching, and Derek Carr will have just that. John Defilippo is the Raiders quarterbacks coach. Before coaching in the NFL, Fillippo coached at San Jose State, where under his guidance the Spartans ranked 23rd in the nation in passing offense, which was 32 ranks higher than the previous year. Fillippo has also gotten production out of young quarterbacks in the NFL such as supplemental draft pick Terrelle Pryor, and Undrafted free agent Matt McGloin. The two quarterbacks threw for well over 3,000 yards combined in 2013, and from weeks 11 through 15 McGloin lead the league with the most completions of 25-or-more yards. Neither Pryor or McGloin have the physical traits or mental knowledge of the game that Derek Carr posesses. The second round pick would shine under John Fellippo.
Derek Carr was at one time projected to be the overall number one pick in the draft, and people such as John Gruden vouched for the quarterback. But there's speculation that the quarterback fell to the second round due to the fears of him being just another David Carr; his older brother, who was picked number one overall by the Texans. A player should not be judged by his siblings inability to be successful, but for that the Oakland Raiders received a bargain.
Going into training camp there's already speculation out of Oakland that Carr will push Matt Schaub for the starting job in 2014, as he should. Derek Carr is the answer to the Raiders quarterback troubles, and when it is all said and done, he may very well be viewed as the best quarterback of the 2013 draft class.