Derek Carr has to be starter for the Oakland Raiders
Aug 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) drops back to pass during the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY
Carr wasn’t drafted until second round because all G.M.s did was compare him to his brother, who didn’t succeed in the NFL. But the best quarterback to compare Carr isn’t in his family—it’s Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts. Like Carr, Luck has an accurate riffle for and arm and sneaky athleticism—running a 4.7 40 to Carr’s 4.69 and the comparisons don’t stop there.
Luck’s father, Oliver Luck, was a quarterback for the Houston Oilers in the ’80s and not a successful one at that. So after his brief stint in the NFL, he had his son Andrew (Luck) to teach as he grew interested in becoming an NFL quarterback. Now of course, the guys that don’t succeed are the best teachers because they know every detail of what stopped them from having success.
In turn, they teach their son or little brother in Carr’s case every detail and then some to make sure he is successful. Now, Luck was taken No. 1 overall because his father came around 30 years before so his taste wasn’t in the mouths of the NFL. It may have also helped that Luck came out of the Pac. 12 as opposed to the smaller Mountain West that Carr came out of.
Some of Luck’s success in the NFL was due to going to a ready-made team that had everything except for a quarterback. The Raiders are pretty similar as they have the protection and offensive fire power for Carr to get things done. But it’s going to depend on the Raiders secondary for Carr’s situation to turn out as successful as Luck’s.