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Leading Off: Raiders ready for 18th starting QB since ’02

05/13/2014 5:50 PM

05/13/2014 5:52 PM

Take out a sheet of paper and a No. 2 pencil, Raiders fans, we’re going to take a pop quiz.

Keep your eyes on your own paper, Violator, and no monkey business, Gorilla Rilla.

Who was the last Raiders quarterback to start all 16 games in a regular-season?

Carson Palmer? He started 15 games in 2012, but sat out the season finale. Jeff George? He started all 16 games in 1997, but he wasn’t the last.

For those of you who scribbled Rich Gannon, go to the head of the class. And if you said it was the 2002 season – the last time the Raiders reached both the playoffs and Super Bowl – give yourself extra credit.

The Raiders have had 17 different quarterbacks start at least one game since 2002, each change made because of injury or poor performance. The result has been 11 consecutive years without a playoff berth, nine losing seasons and two 8-8 years.

Matt Schaub, the Raiders say, will be the starter in 2014, but don’t be so sure. The same was said last offseason about Matt Flynn, who the Seahawks sent to Oakland in trade of this year’s fifth-round pick. Not only did Flynn lose the starting job to Terrell Pryor in training camp, he was waived after one replacement start in Week 4.

Schaub may be the Raiders’ 18th starting quarterback, but don’t expect him to last long. With every incompletion – or worse, interception – Raiders fans will call for Schaub to be replaced by Derek Carr, the Raiders’ second-round draft pick last Friday.

And the beat goes on.

– Victor Contreras


What to do

Baseball, Braves at Giants, 12:45 p.m., or White Sox at A’s, 12:35 p.m.: Take your pick; there’s a day game on both sides of the bay.

Today’s poll

Who will be the Raiders’ opening-day starter at quarterback?

• Derek Carr
• Matt Schaub
• Other

To vote, go to sacbee.com/sports

Tuesday’s results

What is your take on Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend on live TV?

• I have no problem with it: 23%

• It was fine but overplayed by ESPN: 33%
• ESPN should have cut away: 44%

Total votes: 257

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Tom Couzens, sports editor
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Vic Contreras, deputy sports editor
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Twitter: @SacBeeVictor


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