ALAMEDA -- 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."