With the emergence of Derek Carr over the past four years, the Oakland Raiders find themselves in a deep hole. Coming off of a 6-10 season in 2017, the Raiders are sitting at 1-5 this year. Carr does not have an elite or experienced support system around him, however his teammates have nominated him one of the six team captains. In 2016, Carr made a case for the MVP running as the team finished 12-4. Unfortunately, the season ended poorly for Carr with a fibula injury.
Why should the Raiders put their trust in Carr? With the addition of mobile quarterbacks in the league, Carr can compete with players such as Cam Newton, Andrew Luck, and Russell Wilson. Yes, Carr still has a lot of work to do, but the stats speak for themselves. In 2016, Carr threw for almost 4000 yards and 28 touchdowns. After coming off a season ending injury in December of 2016, Carr went on to throw for almost 3500 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2017. Over the course of four seasons, Carr has demonstrated he is the leader and will be the quarterback that leads the Raiders deep into the playoffs.
As high hopes were in place with the resurgence of head coach Jon Gruden in Oakland, the recent trade of Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys brought a lot of negativity amongst the organization. In an interview regarding trades, Gruden stated, “I don’t see us making any more trades… Certainly, I don’t see us trading our quarterback.” The Raiders coaches and players will be relying on the decisions of Gruden. If Carr continues to trust the process with the Raiders; it may be valuable to place a franchise tag on Carr.
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