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STATE OF THE FRANCHISEFor the second year in a row, the Raiders were forced to make a last-minute quarterback change prior to the start of the season, and under eerily similar circumstances. In 2013, it was offseason trade acquisition Matt Flynn who was unable to overcome an elbow issue and poor performance in the preseason and he ultimately lost out to Terrelle Pryor. Last season, it was Matt Schaub, acquired via trade from the Texans, succumbing to an elbow injury and preseason struggles, with second-round draft pick Derek Carr overtaking him for the team's Week 1 assignment.
With a rookie at the helm and the Raiders receiving little from their many veteran free agent signings including Maurice Jones-Drew, LaMarr Woodley and Carlos Rogers, the team floundered to a 0-4 start. Oakland's early-season strug
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