Speeding Into The Future
Dec 21, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) reacts after throwing a touchdown pass against the Buffalo Bills in the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Bills 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
The bottom line: Raiders fans should absolutely be excited about this development. It falls into what Musgrave does well along with what the personnel is capable of. It also doesn’t ask Derek Carr to do anything that he’s not already comfortable with.
Last season Derek Carr’s average time to throw was 2.61 seconds per Pro Football Focus (subscription required) – 9th fastest in the league. Asking him to throw it a fraction of a second faster, and giving him an offense suited for that, isn’t going to hurt him – it’ll play into his strengths. Also, take a look at the passing plays and routes discussed in the article. The routes are right in Carr’s comfort zone. In 2014, Carr was dramatically more efficient with his passing between 10-19 yards on all areas of the field (but particularly in the middle where he accumulated 99 receptions), and better throwing outside when throwing deep as opposed to in the middle. He’ll only be asked to throw deep middle if the defense obviously hands it to him. Honestly, if Nick Foles, Mike Vick, and Mark Sanchez can run the offense, Derek Carr will do very well.
It works well for Murray and Reece, too. Reece gets to be used in a versatile way which utilizes his range of talent. Murray gets the run in a style that’s ultimately suited to him, while facing more hesitant opponents. It’s a win-win-win for all.
I can’t wait to see what comes of this development next season, especially with the possibility of adding an elite receiver in Demaryius Thomas or Amari Cooper to the bunch, or even a hyper-versatile beast like Julius Thomas. The addition of No-Huddle philosophy and concepts could be exactly what Derek Carr needs to take this Raiders offense to success in the future.
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