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Allen goes all-in on Schaub; everyone else competing for backup spots

Raiders coach Dennis Allen is so confident that he has found his long-term answer at quarterback that he anointed Matt Schaub the starter only hours after the Raiders acquired Schaub in a trade.
“We brought Matt Schaub in to be our starting quarterback,” Allen said in a conference call with Bay Area media Friday afternoon. “We feel very confident that he’s going to be able to come in and function in that role and be outstanding for us. … Right now, Matt Schaub is our starting quarterback.”
Last season, Allen opened up the competition despite the fact the Raiders traded for veteran Matt Flynn in the offseason.
By the end of training camp, third-year player Terrelle Pryor earned the starting job by outplaying Flynn in practice and exhibition games.
Pryor started nine games, undrafted rookie Matt McGloin started six and Flynn one last season. Flynn got cut early in the season. Pryor and McGloin remain under contract, but they now are competing for backup spots, along with veteran Trent Edwards.
It’s conceivable that the Raiders now will seek to trade Pryor, given Pryor is in the final year of his contract and doesn’t appear to be in the team’s long-term plans.
Allen also said that the trade for Schaub doesn’t necessarily change their approach in the upcoming NFL draft.
The Raiders hold the rights to the No. 5 pick, and they are in prime position to land one of several top-tier quarterbacks available in this year’s draft class.
General manager Reggie McKenzie said he envisioned a scenario in which the Raiders used a veteran quarterback such as Schaub for 2014 and then turned over the reins to a young quarterback in 2015.
Allen said there’s no reason why Schaub can’t be the Raiders starting quarterback for the next several years.
“I definitely can see Matt Schaub being the quarterback of the Oakland Raiders for more than just a year or two,” Allen said. “This guy can play for a while.”

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  • BigBenRexor

    I’d rather they draft a QB at 5 to play right away than hope an overrated backup can have the same success on less talented team than the one he flamed out on.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    ORLANDO–Just had a long talk with Raiders GM Reggie
    McKenzie about several topics, the most newsworthy being his suggestion
    that Terrelle Pryor, at his own request, could be released or traded
    soon.
    http://blogs.mercurynews.com/kawakami/2014/03/24/reggie-mckenzie-on-terrelle-pryors-short-term-future-desean-jackson-veldheers-negotiations-and-much-more/

  • Return

    Depends. Look at Shaub.

  • SilverandBlack666

    The difference between Palmer and Schaub; (besides the 2 million dollars they are getting paid)

    Last year Palmer went 10-6 in the toughest division in all of
    football, beat Seattle on a game wining drive. Was voted “Most Valuable
    Cardinal” by the local sports writers. He basically showed he is still a
    viable QB.

    Schaub shat the bed last year, played sparingly, lost his job to a
    rookie and took his team to new lows 2-14 so he was shipped out of town.

  • jesusraiderjim

    he has got as little respect from me as I am going to give him. Great kid, hard worker, crappy thrower.

  • FourMoreYears

    Honestly, I doubt Peyton Manning could succeed under this coaching staff.

    Gotta start treating the problem rather than the symptoms.

  • Dirk Suave

    I am sorry. All these people saying Pryor can’t play QB from the safety of their armchairs. Weak. He needs coaching. Like a JHar type. Pryor can be a successful QB in the NFL. This coaching staff couldn’t groom either of three young QB’s but believe they can resurrect Schaub? GTFO! This season is over. When Schaub inevitably sucks and is demoted they will depend on the newly drafted QB or Matt McGloin who won’t have the same confidence in the staff. He knows what’s going on. I’m happy for Pryor. Somewhere there is a team that will take him and properly groom him. Bunch of mobile QB teams that would like to groom him as a great back up and a slight few that could see him as their new future QB.
    The Raiders are in the hardest or second hardest division in football. These moves are to show the young guys how to win. Unfortunately they won’t be winning much in this division anyway for the next two years.

  • the swanky socialite dr robert

    Hey. That’s ur fault.

  • SilverandBlack666

    Unless we cut him and have a cap hit

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    He does cause a lot of problems here, no doubt.

  • rifflicks

    and Matuszak

  • Return

    You are the one who keep bringing him up. Something about you had to get one more good shot in.

  • SilverandBlack666

    Al is dead and has been for a few years now so there is no reason to continually blame him for where we are today. The days of blaming Al and Palmer are over.

  • rifflicks

    Treated more than fairly for a QB that is as bad as he is.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Yeah, but hold the kool-aid.

  • 559 Raider 87

    Id be for that deal

  • Blackholepriest

    Pryor get the hell outta this hell hole let it sink and go somewhere that you know they want you. They declare Schaub the starter without taking a practice snap. Move on TP move on………take flight

  • JUSTWINBABYWIN

    i think they are still gonna draft a QB…….BUT even then, you still don’t know if he can play at this level for sure (i.e imo manziel could potentially flop as bad as tebow……..let’s not forget tebow still to this day holds several SEC records and you don’t just get a heisman b/c you suck……i’m not saying manziel is going in that direction, but you never know, and frankly i’m tired of playing the unknown game

  • Return

    Whatever???!!!

    Really?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    -Q: He’s absolutely the starting quarterback?

    -McKENZIE: Well, that’s what we brought him in for. But you never know.

  • the swanky socialite dr robert

    Lmfao.

    Fly!! Fly !!!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Cheerleading homer monkeys with keyboards.

  • Dakota

    I am not sure why Pryor was not released the week his agent cried to the media about Pryor having to start.

  • the swanky socialite dr robert

    Bird jumps out of nest. Immediately flies right. Then backwards. Then nosedives to cement.

    Mother bird says “best flyer ever!”

  • DutchRaid

    OIsen hooking up Pryor with Tom Brady’s offseason QB coach Tom House isn’t good enough? Who do you think he is working all last offseason?

  • BigBenRexor

    I’m also tired of the known. We know Schaub sucks.

  • DutchRaid

    I had aspirations of turning my Russell #2 into a Pryor #2…

  • the swanky socialite dr robert

    Schaub is better than Palmer.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Get the Palmer facts straight or quit bringing him up, please.

  • the swanky socialite dr robert

    Giving him the McClain treatment.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Hah! Not while you’re around.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I assume you no longer have to consult your crib notes for those numbers.

  • SilverandBlack666

    Not last year he wasnt

  • Return

    This is worrying for Watson. He was projected to be LT and RT was a holding pattern for him. Now it looks like its he’s projected to be RT and guard is a holding pattern for him. Which means all hopes rest on Penn at LT. That picking LT in the draft suddenly took a huge jump in probability.

  • Dakota

    New Post

  • RaiderTruth

    new post

  • the swanky socialite dr robert

    Body. Of. Work.

  • FourMoreYears

    I would like to say that Palmer was on a more talented team, but it would be a lie. I think Schaub can do well enough here but best case scenario it was a lateral move that cost us an entire season.

  • Blackholepriest

    If i were TP i would go straight to Arizona, because he would be the starter by years end. Or the Rams. Even Cleveland and take that spot. Why waste time arguing with these idiots here. They prefer any white dude named Matt with two eyes two ears a nose and a mouth.

    Go somewhere and get it started young blood.

  • AlDavisJr

    Can’t disagree. Was Alzedo a head case though? Besides being a mean aggressive ba#thtard on the field did he get along ok with the players?

  • the swanky socialite dr robert

    I brought him up? It’s the news of the day.

    And the Pryor Brigade deserves a few shots to the gut.

  • Blackholepriest

    Then why anoint before he even takes a snap. Let him prove it, then start him…………whats wrong with competition. They did the same thing with the other Matt. Look how that turned out!

  • Return

    This is why I would like to see him go to Philly or Seattle. Not only do they have offenses that suit his skill set but Carroll and Kelly know how to coach young hungry players. They actually know how to coach up a player. I just have not seen that ability with DA.

  • the swanky socialite dr robert

    New post

  • Return

    It would have been nice if Olsen had done more during the season instead of designating him the toy.

  • SaintKaufman

    True

  • SlashNHack

    That is a lucid and savage rebuttal ! Good post

  • kuhlest

    I like pryor, wish him well, but if he wants to create a starting role in the nfl he should switch positions….too much athletic ability to be holding a clipboard, but not enough football IQ to be a good starting QB

  • SaintKaufman

    True.

  • http://Raiders.com/ Dan78

    Maybe you can turn it into a Manziel jersey…..