NFL Media's Albert Breer has his finger on the pulse of the Oakland Raiders' quarterback situation.
A week after Breer reported that rookie Derek Carr will not need a redshirt season and will end up pushing Matt Schaub for the starting job, Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson repeated those sentiments.
"We drafted a pretty good player," Olson said this week, via the San Francisco Chronicle. "He is very intelligent, and he may not need to redshirt. We like his comfort level. Right away, you can see that this is not too big for him."
"When we got Matt Schaub, we needed to do that," Olson said. "We didn't know who would fall to us in the draft. It was a good decision, a decision we had to make."
We don't question the franchise's need for veteran insurance. But did it have to cost multi-millions in guaranteed money to cover your bases with a broken quarterback when a superior option such as Josh McCown was available at a lesser rate?
Even if the Raiders felt a need to add a "bridge" quarterback, does it follow that the new signal-caller had to be paraded in front of the fan base as a long-term savior weeks before drafting his replacement?
A year after Oakland handed over $6.5 million in guarantees for a grand total of two Matt Flynn starts, they are in danger of getting less bang for their buck out of Schaub.
What exactly is the plan here?