Consider the best players in NFL history for a moment. Reggie White, Lawrence Taylor, and Jim Brown are three players who immediately come to mind. More specifically, for the Las Vegas Raiders organisation, names like Charles Woodson, Ken Stabler, Howie Long, Jim Otto, Jim Plunkett, and Lyle Alzado spring to mind.
Why? Because they brought charismatic personalities to the Raider organisation, in addition to winning. “Just Win, Baby!” and “Commitment to Excellence” were slogans associated with the franchise. Do you think Derek Carr belongs in the halls of those players, let alone with those phrases?
Derek Carr was ineffective and inconsistent.
During his nine-year tenure with the Raiders, Carr had a win-loss record of 63-79. organisation. While football is a team sport, a good (or bad) starting quarterback can make or break your team. Regardless of the turmoil among coaches and coordinators, terrible defences, and abysmal drafting, the main question is whether Derek Carr did his part.
With the exception of one off-year in 2016 (when he received only six MVP votes), the Fresno State alum’s resume is lacking. The victor is remembered in history, and it is clear that he was not that. Furthermore, Carr revealed his true colours at the end of the line, leaving many to question his motives/intentions.
Carr’s final season demonstrated that he was not a winner.
With the NFL’s top wide receiver, running back, and an average offensive line, many expected Carr to break out in 2022. Despite some abysmal performances by the team and Carr himself, new head coach Josh McDaniels had the Las Vegas Raiders in position to make the playoffs in December.
In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, everything is at stake. Carr struggled against the Pittsburgh Steelers in what would be his final meaningful game with the Raiders.
Throwing one touchdown versus three interceptions when your team needs you the most is nothing to be remembered for. However, the last pass of his career is the flavour he has.
will linger in the minds of many people. He was not only a loser on the field, but his passive-aggressive behaviour sealed his fate.
Derek Carr Forgot About the NFL Being a Business
Derek Carr’s first decision after being benched for Jarrett Stidham for the final two weeks of the season was to remove himself from the team that was still in the playoff hunt. The NFL is a business, and if you produce, you get to play.
If you don’t, you don’t – it’s a fairly straightforward concept. Carr, on the other hand, had come to believe that he was untouchable. Despite years of offseason speculation, he remained regardless of the coaching staff or front office. General manager David Ziegler and coach Josh McDaniels, on the other hand, are not.
They are solely engaged in the business of coddling. Carr took exception to criticism, as evidenced by Sports Illustrated’s Hondo Carpenter, when everyone was given an equal playing field to prove themselves. As a leader, he talked the talk but didn’t walk the walk, despite the fact that players like Davante Adams, Josh Jacobs, and Maxx Crosby were producing.
Last Words on Derek Carr
Sure, Derek Carr put in some excellent performances for the Silver and Black. He is a more than capable quarterback who possesses all of the necessary tools to succeed, whether with his arm or his legs. His competitive toughness, on the other hand, is lacking.
Whether it was checking the ball down, refusing to use his legs for a first down, or poor ball security, the Raiders had a lot of football left on the field.
Expect the Raiders to return to their roots as a team that values the “Shield” above all else — not just in words, but in actions. The victor is remembered, and once a winning quarterback arrives in Las Vegas, the Derek Carr era will be a figment of many people’s imaginations. Carr will not be remembered a century from now because he never won anything meaningful during his time with the Raiders.